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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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This message from Mark showed up in my inbox the other day:
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Stu exfoliates:
Well, it depends on the signal/noise ratio of the message. After all, English has so much redundancy that the information content is only about 1.01 bits per letter (and not the 4.7 bits per letter of a non-redundant system). So you could have 3.7 bits of noise to that 1 bit of signal before it became gibberish.


Anonymous said...

Had to look up 'exfoliates'; never been the subject of that verb before. I'd assumed it was 'losing leaves', perhaps from the tree of knowledge ;-)

Charles Pergiel said...

It isn't the "correct" word, but I like the sound of it. Think of removing layers of obscurity.