Minds and Machines

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 185–201 | Cite as

Infons as mathematical objects

  • Keith J. Devlin
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I argue that the role played by infons in the kind of mathematical theory of information being developed by several workers affiliated to CSLI is analogous to that of the various number systems in mathematics. In particular, I present a mathematical construction of infons in terms of representations and informational equivalences between them. The main theme of the paper arose from an electronic mail exchange with Pat Hayes of Xeroxparc. The exposition derives from a talk I gave at theTheories of Partial Information conference held at the University of Texas at Austin, January 1990.

Key words

Constraint individuation scheme infon information representation type 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith J. Devlin
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsColby CollegeWatervilleUSA

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