A Theory of Goal-Oriented Communication

@article{Goldreich2009ATO,
  title={A Theory of Goal-Oriented Communication},
  author={Oded Goldreich and Brendan Juba and Madhu Sudan},
  journal={Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity (ECCC)},
  year={2009},
  volume={16},
  pages={75}
}
We put forward a general theory of goal-oriented communication, where communication is not an end in itself, but rather a means to achieving some goals of the communicating parties. Focusing on goals provides a framework for addressing the problem of potential "misunderstanding" during communication, where the misunderstanding arises from lack of initial agreement on what protocol and/or language is being used in communication. Despite the enormous diversity among the goals of communication, we… CONTINUE READING
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