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I would like start a sentence with "From the point of view of information theory, ...", but this sounds a bit uneloquent to me. Can I say, "From an information theoretical point of view, ...", or would that be wrong, too? What would be a good way to say this?

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How about "..... from the point of view of Information Theory" instead? e.g. start with what is importent –  mplungjan Feb 4 '13 at 10:07
    
Also good, thank you. –  Eekhoorn Feb 4 '13 at 10:09
    
@mplungjan though it can work just as well the opposite way around, especially with longer sentences; get the necessary qualifications out of the way and then concentrate on the important part. –  Jon Hanna Feb 4 '13 at 10:18
    
An information theoretic model (of the system) reveals pungent dysphonia between... –  Wayfaring Stranger Feb 4 '13 at 14:30

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You could also use the near-synonym perspective:

From the point of view of information theory...

From an information theoretical point of view...

From an information theory point of view...

...from the point of view of information theory.

...from an information theoretical point of view.

...from an information theory point of view.

From the perspective of information theory...

From an information theoretical perspective...

From an information theory perspective...

...from the perspective of information theory.

...from an information theoretical perspective.

...from an information theory perspective.

Are all valid. Perspective has the minor advantage that "point of view" can mean both a way of looking at something, and also an individual opinion, which a field clearly can't have. (A minor advantage only, because it's the sort of semi-ambiguity that can't cause any real confusion, just perhaps break some readers' flow).

I would though say that "information theoretical" reads a bit strangely to me, but that's out of context, and opining strongly on which is or isn't inelegant is pointless without the full sentence, because how each of these flows (or doesn't) with the rest will affect its euphony.

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Information theory and euphony. Sounds like a remake of Snow White :-) –  Edwin Ashworth Feb 4 '13 at 12:09
    
'From an information theory point of view,' not 'From an information theoretical point of view'. As are all other instances of theoretical. –  Kris Feb 4 '13 at 15:07
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@Kris Care to explain why? –  Jon Hanna Feb 4 '13 at 15:28
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@Kris: would you say from a historical point of view or from a history point of view? –  Peter Shor Feb 4 '13 at 16:11
    
@PeterShor Though while I'd prefer "historical point of view", I certainly would prefer "information theory point of view" or for that matter "late mediaeval history point of view". Still, prefer is different to "not". –  Jon Hanna Feb 4 '13 at 16:17

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