Measuring the Uncertain – Remarks on Entropy and Information

Plazowski, Jan Werszowiec (2002) Measuring the Uncertain – Remarks on Entropy and Information. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 185-186.


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According to original Shannon"s concept entropy is the measure assigned to the spectrum of possible states of a given system. A cognitive subject can reduce his/her uncertainty through gaining some information. Incoming information can change the subject"s knowledge in two ways: it may either eliminate some possible states or it can change the way the subject "partitions" the world. The former situation corresponds to gaining some knowledge in the way of empirical examining the world – the result of an experiment reduces our uncertainty of the world by selecting of the whole spectrum of expectable answers to the "experimental question� those which may be the most probable. We claim that the expectable answers are not declarations stated by "the World� but result from our ability predict "the World"s� behavior. Such predictions are based upon a certain metaphysical model of "the World� as well as upon the theoretical background.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Entopy; Certainity; Uncertainity; Information; Shannon, C.E.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Technikphilosophie, Künstliche Intelligenz
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2002
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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