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2 Author(s)
Mcmillan, B. ; Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C. ; Slepian, D.

During the last twenty years three theories dealing with the interaction of signals and noise in communication systems have come into being: detection theory; the statistical theory of filtering and prediction; and Shannon's information theory. They have developed rapidly and now play a key role in the communication engineer's understanding of his field. This paper presents a brief description of the central concepts of each of these theories, discusses their differences and common parts, and attempts to point out both their successes and shortcomings.

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Proceedings of the IRE  (Volume:50 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

May 1962

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