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Information theory - 3MMTINF

  • Number of hours

    • Lectures 16.5
    • Projects -
    • Tutorials 16.5
    • Internship -
    • Laboratory works -
    • Written tests -


    ECTS 3.0


Provide the theoretical fundamentals for the quantitative measurement of information (what is a bit of information?), Representation, storage, transmission, protection and information hiding. Application to lossless compression, error correcting codes, transmission security and content security (steganography).




  • Uncertainty and information. Entropies . The Shannon entropy and its properties. Entropy and information transfer.
  • Structure of a communication chain. Information and compression. Channel capacity and channel coding.
  • Coding of discrete sources. Asymptotic equipartition. Theoretical optimal codes . Construction of optimal codes.
  • Transmit and store information. Discrete channel (binary symmetric channel). Channel coding and second Shannon theorem.
  • Error correcting codes. Repetition and second Shannon theorem. Error detection codes. Error correcting codes. Linear block codes. Hamming distance and Euclidean distance. Maximum likelihood decoding.
  • Some applications: steganography, information leakage and security.




N1 = E1
N2= E2


The course exists in the following branches:

  • Curriculum - Core curriculum - Semester 5
see the course schedule for 2023-2024

Additional Information

Course ID : 3MMTINF
Course language(s): FR

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C. Shannon, W. Weaver, La théorie mathématique de la communication, Cassini, avril 2018.

Théorie de l'information et du codage. O. Rioul. Hermès, 2007.

Elements of Information Theory. T.M. Cover, Joy A. Thomas. John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2006.

David J.C. MacKay “Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithm”, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003. http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~mackay/itila/book.html

R.G. Gallager, « Information Theory and reliable communication », Wiley, 1968