What is Shannon information?

Olimpia Lombardi, Federico Holik, Leonardo Vanni

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Despite of its formal precision and its great many applications, Shannon’s theory still offers an active terrain of debate when the interpretation of its main concepts is the task at issue. In this article we try to analyze certain points that still remain obscure or matter of discussion, and whose elucidation contribute to the assessment of the different interpretative proposals about the concept of information. In particular, we argue for a pluralist position, according to which the different views about information are no longer rival, but different interpretations of a single formal concept.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1983-2012
Number of pages30
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • Bit
  • Coding theorem
  • Epistemic interpretation
  • Physical interpretation
  • Shannon entropy


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