Surprising sequences for communication and conversation

Ting Yi Wu, Xiou Ge, Lav R. Varshney

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Abstract

In most information-theoretic studies of communication, it is assumed that the channel is always available. However communication between two parties may cease due to damage to transmitter/receiver devices, wire lines being cut, loss of attention at the terminals, or other such reasons. To model a setting where attention must be maintained, here we consider a channel model - A boring channel - with a reserve of attention that degrades when the channel is being used but is replenished when a codeword containing a certain amount of Bayesian surprise is received. Limits of communication over the boring channel are characterized and numerical results are found. Optimal communication strategies may be useful for various cognitive systems, and coincide with the segmenting principle that states that students learn better from a multimedia lesson when it is presented in user-paced segments rather than as a continuous unit. An application to designing the interaction between people and artificial agents is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 52nd Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, CISS 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538605790
DOIs
StatePublished - May 21 2018
Event52nd Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, CISS 2018 - Princeton, United States
Duration: Mar 21 2018Mar 23 2018

Publication series

Name2018 52nd Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, CISS 2018

Other

Other52nd Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, CISS 2018
CountryUnited States
CityPrinceton
Period3/21/183/23/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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    Wu, T. Y., Ge, X., & Varshney, L. R. (2018). Surprising sequences for communication and conversation. In 2018 52nd Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, CISS 2018 (pp. 1-6). (2018 52nd Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, CISS 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/CISS.2018.8362309