Information Theory (2006/2007)

Course partially running

Course code
Name of lecturer
Andrea Acquaviva
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
2nd quadrimester dal Jan 8, 2007 al Mar 9, 2007.

Lesson timetable

2nd quadrimester
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall B  
Wednesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall C  
Thursday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall C  

Learning outcomes

Course objective is to present fundaments of Information Theory and its applications to communication theory and computer science such as compression, security, complexity. Error correcting codes and advanced coding techniques will be also covered, such as trellises and graph codes.


1. Introduction
1.1. Entropy, relative entropy, mutual information
1.2. Asymptotic equipartition property
1.3. Entropy rates of a stochastic process

2. Data compression
2.1 Block, symbol, stream codes, codes for integers
2.2 Huffman, LZ, arithmetic coding, Shannon-Fano codes

3. Shannon coding theory
3.1. Kraft inequality, Shannon's source coding theorem
3.2. Channel capacity (jointly typical sequences, Fano's inequality, Shannon's channel coding theorem and its converse)

4. Differential entropy
4.1. Defintion of differential entropy
4.2. Relationship with discrete entropy and properties

5. Gaussian channels
5.1. Coding theorem for gaussian channels
5.2. Parallel, colored and feedback gaussian channels
5.3. Error correcting codes

6. Rate-distortion theory
6.1. Quantization
6.2. Rate distortion theorem and rate distortion function

7. Advanced Coding
7.1. Advanced coding (Hash, binary codes)
7.2. Exact marginalization in trellises and graphs
7.3. Sparse graph codes

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
T. M. Cover, J. A. Thomas Elements of Information Theory (Edizione 1) John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1991 0471062596 Testo principale
David J.C. MacKay Information theory, inference and learning algorithms (Edizione 1) Cambridge University Press 2003 Testo secondario - disponibile online

Assessment methods and criteria

1. Written exam
2. Oral project defense

Teaching aids