How can we measure meaning ?
The quality of an information , its meaning, is not as easily measured as the quantity of an information.
You can think of a book, in which you can find only nonsense. On the other hand you can think of a book full of mathematical formulas. In the second book every letter and every sign have their meaning.
The quantity of information , for example the number of letters or the number of pages, can be the same. The quality of both books is certainly different.
Here we must establish other criterias to measure the quality of its information:
The quantity of meaning can be quite small, whereas the quantity of kilobytes can be quite big.
You can fill a screen of your computer with randomly chosen letters. Then you have a maximum of information quantity but a minimum of information quality.
- How often was the book printed ?
- How often was it bought ?
- How many editions did the book have ?
- How long is the book on the market ?
- In how many other languages was this book translated ?
- How do critics think about this book ?
- How does the public think about this book ?
In which sequence of information don`t we find any meaning ?
If you take a random sequence of 0 and 1, then you can assign to it only some meaning on how long this sequence is or how it was created.
Aside this you can not find any meaning in it.
Information with meaning is always something in between complete randomness and complete uniform order
- Stonier, Tom: Information and Meaning. An Evolutionary Perspective. 1997. XIII, 255 p. 23,5 cm.
- ISBN: 3-540-76139-X - SPRINGER, B.-