## ::Channel capacity

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In electrical engineering, computer science and information theory, **channel capacity** is the tight upper bound on the rate at which information can be reliably transmitted over a communications channel. By the noisy-channel coding theorem, the channel capacity of a given channel is the limiting information rate (in units of information per unit time) that can be achieved with arbitrarily small error probability.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation
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Information theory, developed by Claude E. Shannon during World War II, defines the notion of channel capacity and provides a mathematical model by which one can compute it. The key result states that the capacity of the channel, as defined above, is given by the maximum of the mutual information between the input and output of the channel, where the maximization is with respect to the input distribution.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

**Channel capacity sections**

Intro Formal definition Shannon capacity of a graph Noisy-channel coding theorem Example application Channel capacity in wireless communications See also External links References

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