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Elements of Information Theory

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The latest edition of this classic is updated with new problem sets and material The Second Edition of this fundamental textbook maintains the book's tradition of clear, thought-provoking instruction. Readers are provided once again with an instructive mix of mathematics, physics, statistics, and information theory. All the essential topics in information theory are covere ...more
Hardcover, 748 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Wiley-Interscience (first published August 12th 1991)
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Anthony Owens
Dec 20, 2014 Anthony Owens rated it really liked it
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When I was in graduate school, we were required to take a course in Information Theory, with Cover and Thomas' book as the required text. At the time, the course was so challenging for me that I came away with a sour view of information theory altogether. However, a few years ago I picked up the 2nd edition of the text and began my own study of information theory, using only the text itself. I greatly appreciated their development of asymptotic typicality and rate distortion. What I found (once ...more
DJ
Dec 17, 2009 DJ rated it really liked it
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Bad news: you don't have much of a choice when it comes to authoritative textbooks on information theory. Good news: Cover is not a bad book to be stuck with.

Every chapter, theorem, idea, and problem is well-motivated. Landau-lovers of terse textbooks might bawk at the equation-less pages preceding some results, but I greatly appreciated the intuitive prefaces to mathematical formalism.

This book also has one of the finest problem sets I've seen. Each problem is designed to convey a new idea or p
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Ahmad AlAmmouri
Jun 13, 2016 Ahmad AlAmmouri rated it it was amazing
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I really like this book, so lucid and starts from the basics. But when it comes to the MAC and BC, I prefer Network Information Theory by Abbas El Gamal.
Jason Yang
Oct 30, 2012 Jason Yang rated it it was amazing
Cover and Thomas is THE classic information theory textbook. Here, the authors took on the ambitious task of making a comprehensive survey of (the still evolving) information theory. Admittedly, I got lost in the proofs about halfway through the text. However, the textual descriptions between proofs were extremely helpful for my overall understanding. The text is unapproachable for those without a solid math or computer science background, but probably one of the best textbooks I've ever worked ...more
Bill
May 16, 2007 Bill rated it really liked it
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I do research in statistical natural language processing and use this as my primary reference about information theory. Well-written, thorough, and accessible to anyone with a foundation in probability. The first three chapters are work the price of the book.
Leonardo
Mar 04, 2015 Leonardo marked it as read-in-part
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Leí algunas partes (sobre todo capítulo 2) para el final de Macroeconomía con Heymann. Fue el único lugar del cual logré empezar a entender a donde apuntaba Sims con el asunto de la Entropía.
Huyen
Oct 27, 2012 Huyen rated it it was amazing
Pure gold. A classic in Information Theory.
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