## An Information Theory Approach to Television Content |

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### Contents

Table Page 1 PROGRAM CATEGORIES USED BY FOUR RESEARCHERS | 5 |

TELEVISION CONTENT CATEGORIES FROM STEINER | 6 |

INFORMATION THEORY AS A SOURCE | 10 |

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Advent.-Drama analyses of variance CATEGORY N MEAN channel capacity characters coded coder Comedy 23 Comedy-Variety 11 correlations Crane and MacLean D.F. MEAN SQUARE Dan August degree of randomness dimensions Documentaries Doris Day ENTROPY CATEGORY entropy group entropy of Verbal entropy scores entropy variables F Between Groups F-ratio factor analysis factor loadings factor scores Game Shows Glen Campbell Heavy Drama Hee Haw Here's Lucy Hogan's Heroes hypotheses iconic entropy In-Out entropy indicators of entropy Information Theory Light Drama Marcus Welby M.D. Mayberry RFD MEAN STANDARD DEVIATION Newlywed Game News-Documentary number of sets one-way analysis operationalized program categories program types Rome With Love scale SEQUENCE NUMBER Set entropy Shannon Shepherd and Scheidel show types significant Situation Comedy SOURCE SUM Sports SQUARE F SQUARES D.F. MEAN STANDARD DEVIATION Crime-Detective SUM OF SQUARES Table Talk-Nontalk entropy television programs uncertainty verbal behavior verbal entropy Verbal Time entropy viewer viewership visual entropy