An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals and Noise.
It is a very nice popular introduction to Information Theory, a modern scientific pursuit to quantify information started by Claude Shannon in 1948.
This got me thinking. Increasingly, people try to hold conversations on Twitter, where posts are limited to 140 characters. Just how much information could you convey in 140 characters?
After some coding and investigation, I created this, an experimental twitter English compression algorithm capable of compressing around 140 words into 140 characters.
So, what's the story? Warning: It's a bit of a story, the juicy bits are at the end.
UPDATE: Tomo in the comments below made a chrome extension for the algorithm
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