# Shannon's law

**Shannon's law:** A statement defining the theoretical maximum rate at which error-free digits can be transmitted over a bandwidth-limited channel in the presence of noise, usually expressed in the form *C* = *W* log_{2}(1 + *S* /*N* ), where *C* is the channel capacity in bits per second, *W* is the bandwidth in hertz, and *S* /*N* is the signal-to-noise ratio. (188) *Note:* Error-correction codes can improve the communications performance relative to uncoded transmission, but no practical error correction coding system exists that can closely approach the theoretical performance limit given by Shannon's law.

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