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1. (en’ tr∂ pē) A thermodynamic quantity that measures the unavailable energy. Higher entropy represents increased disorder. Entropy never decreases in a reaction, according to the second law of thermodynamics. See thermodynamic functions and Figure T-2.

2. A set G has the entropy H(G):

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where N is the minimum number of elements needed to specify G.

3. A measure of the uncertainty in a message. If P(mi) is the probability that the message mi has been transmitted, then the entropy H, where there are i possible messages, is given by


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The entropy of a situation with no uncertainty is zero. Entropy is a measure of the average information content of a message.


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