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I Don't Expect Dr. Dick Will Agree With Me

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Posted by M.W.Pearson on May 15, 2003 05:57:21 UTC

But I know what the statement means.

"If there is information implicitly embedded in the data,"

This means you have data from which future
analysis might make various informational content.

"...it must be presumed that there are patterns of data which are possible and patterns of data which are not possible."

This part is a tautology and is made necessary by the most fundamental rule of information, a reference to which you cited from his footnote.
You cannot have information if all possible interpretations of the data are equally correct.
If they were equally correct, you would have infinite possible patterns which were equally valid. Information depends on finiteness.

"i saw the footnote about if all things are allowed there are no rules."

This of course does not mean that a particular set of rules can be presumed superior forever without standing for rigorous proof.

Mike

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