RE: XML and entropy, again
> It's one of those cases where the conventional meaning of a word > ("disorder" in this case) ... When dealing with entropy as defined by Shannon it is best to totally forgot thermodynamic entropy: "The measure of amount of information is called entropy. If we want to understand this entropy of communication theory, it is best first to clear our minds of any ideas associated with the entropy of physics. Once we understand entropy as it is used in communication theory thoroughly, there is no harm in trying to relate it to the entropy of physics, but the literature indicates that some workers have never recovered from the confusion engendered by an early admixture of ideas concerning the entropies of physics and communication theory." -- An Introduction to Information Theory by John R. Pierce /Roger
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