Oh, I agree that the amount of information is reduced, I'm just not sure that the concept of size makes any sense when applied to the analog signal.
There's nothing wrong with being disagreeable. It's misleadingly selective quoting where readers may take umbrage. What happened to that little conjunction that you saw fit to leave out?Well, just to be disagreeable, I will suggest that it does not meet the definition of the encoder as given. The last part of the definition had the words, ".... by shrinking size."