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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 12.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What process can measure the limits of the human mind?
(a) Knowledge management.
(b) Information theory.
(c) Psychoanalytical evaluation.
(d) Information technology.

2. Why wasn't Shannon able to teach his computer to play a game?
(a) He thought he would be seen as non-serious.
(b) He found it wasn't possible.
(c) His boss nixed the idea.
(d) It would take to long to teach the machine the game.

3. How did Gregory Chaitin define random numbers?
(a) As numbers that could not be identified.
(b) As numbers that could not be computed.
(c) As numbers that could not be defined.
(d) As numbers that could not be calculated.

4. What comment did IBM researcher Charles Bennet make about the amount of information in a message?
(a) Is not a good measure of its ability for computation.
(b) Is not a good measurement of its capacity.
(c) Is not a good measurement of its importance.
(d) Is not a good measurement of its meaningfulness.

5. What did Chaitin determine about most numbers?
(a) That they have complex alogarithms.
(b) That they are computable.
(c) That they can be compressed to manageable entities.
(d) That they are not computable.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chaotic looking numbers may have simplistic algorithms but why are many difficult to determine?

2. According to Psychologist George Miller, what type of process takes place in the mind relative to the information it receives?

3. What did Chaitin mean by a "computable" number?

4. While working on plans for this "analytical engine," Babbage struck an acquaintance with what individual?

5. What were the benefits of the early logarithm tables?

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