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Systems theory and the meaning of information

Richard Langlois ()

Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 1982, vol. 33, issue 6, 395-399

Abstract: I attempt in this article to show how systems theory presents us with a useful and interesting way of looking at the concepts of knowledge and information. Using a simple model from the (normative) theory of economic decision making, I try to illustrate how the idea of a system helps give meaning to the notion of “meaning.” I also introduce a distinction between structural information and parametric information, suggesting that the former, now somewhat neglected in the economic theory of information systems, may actually pose the more interesting questions for future research.

Date: 1982
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