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Measuring the Variety of a Set
Measuring the variety of a set

Included in the broader question of how much can be communicated in a situation is the problem of the capacity of the systems available for transmitting messages. Transmission here refers generally to the problem of reproducing messages at another time (i.e., representation and storage) as well as the problem of reproducing messages at another place (i.e., transmission as it is commonly understood).

The problem of transmission capacity can be restated as a problem of calculating the power of a code to specify elements of one set by matching them with elements of another set. Transmission is accomplished by encoding the message into a target code with the desirable characteristics of duration and/or motion: Once the ...

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