**[Added]** Elements of Information Theory has its own website: http://www.elementsofinformationtheory.com/ Some years ago, I was able to find many course websites that said *required textbook* and contained problems, solutions, and relevant research topics including one of the authors’ course website at Stanford. A personal wish is that statistics departments offer Information Theory related courses with a cross opening to astronomy students.

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[Response:Hmm. I don't see how the data model can have relevance to statistical inference. It is not binary. It is essentially imposing an object-oriented approach which may help in the writing of generalized Bayesian code easier, but other than that, it doesn't have any connection to statistics. It might help to make your programs run better (maybe even faster) and be written in a more scalable fashion.

-vlk]