# Questions tagged [coding-theory]

The study of data representations that enable error detection, error correction and/or compression.

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### Decoding problem and conditional probabilities

I'm reading the book by MacKay "Information theory, inference and learning algorithms" and I'm confused by how he introduces the decoding problem for LDPC codes (page 557). given a channel ...
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### Which algorithm to detect errors in 32bit data with 8bit parity

I want to transmit a 32bit message in eight groups of 5bit each. This leaves me with 8bits to use for error checking. Overall, a group is likely transmitted without error, but when there is an error ...
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### Prove the MinAveCodeLen of a product information source is less than the sum of that of the multiplicand and multiplier source?

The product of 2 independent sources $(S_A,P_A)$ and $(S_B,P_B)$ is defined as  (S,P)\text{ s.t. }S = \{s_As_B|s_A\in S_A,s_B\in B\}\text{ and }\ P(s_As_B) = P_A(s_A)\cdot P_B(s_B)\,\forall s_A\in ...
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### what does the redundancy of a code means?

I was reading a paper about a transposition and single deletion error correcting code and they claim that the redundancy of the code was only $\log(6n-3)$ bits. But what does that means? I was ...
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### Gray-like code with maximum value <= maximum value of original symbol

I want to iterate through the numbers $0,1,2,\dots,n-1$ in some order, where each number in the sequence differs by only one bit from the previous bit. I'm going to be using each number as an index ...
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### Properties of coset

Let $C$ be a linear code with minimum distance $2k$. I want to show that there is a coset of $C$ that contains at least two vectors of weight $k$. Firstly, it holds that the minimum distance of the ...
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### Error correction for windowed reads from cyclic tapes

I have an array of N symbols written on a cyclic tape. I read a sequence of M symbols starting from a random place on the tape. What error correcting scheme and even a coding scheme should I use for ...
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### “pure” explanation of Reed-Solomon?

I encountered two applications of RS codes - one in group testing, and another time someone said that a solution to an interview question was using it. But when I search for explanations, it's all ...
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### Worked out example of Slepian-Wolf Theorem

Note: First posted this on Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange, but deleted it from there since it seems to be off-topic. The Slepian-Wolf theorem states that sequences of outputs from two ...
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### Number of independent parity checks satisfied by a code

I have been studying quantum error correction codes and as background, I am currently studying the theory of classical linear codes. Despite many efforts, I am unable to understand the following ...
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### How the LZ77 compression algorithm handles the case when the entire look-ahead buffer is matched in the search buffer

The LZ77 compression algorithm uses a sliding window technique, where the window consists of a look-ahead puffer and a search-buffer. What I am wondering is how the algorithm handles the case if the ...
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### Lower limit on the number of check bits needed to correct single errors

I was going through Andrew S. Tannenbaum's computer networks book, and on page 206 of it, he has derived the number of check bits needed to correct single bit errors. The derivation goes as follows: ...
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### Problems with the proof of Huffman Optimality in Cover's book

There is a some question that arise from the proof of Lemma 5.8.1 of Cover's book on information theory that confuse me. First question is why he assumes that we can "Consider an optimal code $C_m$. ...
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### The extension of a code is itself a code

I'm reading Cover's "Elements of Information Theory" and I have a problem with the definition of uniquely decodable code. A code is said to be singular if there exist two elements that map to ...
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### Minimum basis for the nullspace of sparse matrices

Let $A\in\mathbb{F}_2^{m\times n}$ and denote its nullspace as $V=\{x\in\mathbb{F}_2^m:xA=0\}$. The weight of a basis $B=\{b_1,\dots,b_l\}$ for $V$ is the total weight of vectors in the basis, denoted ...
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### Encoding System that Assign Same Number of Bits for Each Character

I am trying to get a binary string that has been converted from text of a text file, I am able to get that but the problem is, I need each character to be represented by same number of bits, but that ...
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### Is arithmetic coding restricted to powers of $2$ in denominator equivalent to Huffman coding?

With restriction to $\frac{k}{2^n}$ as line segment ends, does arithmetic coding degrade to Huffman coding? As far as I can tell, each symbol will be encoded with an integer amount of bits, which is ...
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### Effects of parity bit on odd code length regarding its size after alternation

I am trying to understand code distance, but I am not sure regarding the following scenario: Assume that you have an information word M with m bits, that You code into a coding word using the ...
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### finding amount of errors that can be fixed based on code length [closed]

i tried to look online and search this site and others but haven't found any good explanation to the following simple question: how many errors can a code with length k(k>2)fix?
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### Where can I find someone that will sit with me and explain the analytics reports from my iPhone and computer? [closed]

This may seem like a dumb question to most people, BUT PLEASE READ THIS!! I AM BEYOND DESPERATE to get rid of a hacker that is digitally stalking me and terrorizing me. I picked your forum because ...
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### Example of a code that can be decoded using bounded distance decoder

In the book Information theory, Inference and Learning Algorithm, in chapter 13, MacKay defines bounded distance decoding A bounded distance decoder is a decoder that returns the closest codeword ...
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### Showing that a source is not Markov

If I have some source sending codewords and I take a large sample of codewords in order to construct an empirical distribution of the codewords sent. Using this empirical distribution, what methods ...
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### Difference between a regular and a stationary source?

As far as I understand a stationary source is a regular source but it's not necessarily true the other way around. And a stationary source is a source for which its distribution is unaffected by a "...
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### LT codes with constant degree on information symbols

I have just read a Luby’s paper on the very basic idea of the LT codes, which may be of interest for me. For my application, encoding k information symbols is done in a process that generates a big ...
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### How many prefix code we can find for a given distribution of probability?

A source emits 5 signals s1, s2, s3, s4 and s5 whose probabilities are as follows: 1/3, 1/3, 1/9, 1/9, 1/9, 1/9. How many prefix codes we can construct on A={a, b, c}? And how many are there with the ...
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### Is there a database of linear codes with “small” covering radius

Does anyone keep a database of (or including) linear codes with small covering radius? I'm specifically interested in the smallest-dimension codes known of covering radius R ($2\le R \le 4$ say) for ...
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### Hamming code extension with additional parity bit

Let $Ham$ be the $[7,4,3]_2$ Hamming code. It is known that $\{w(c):c\in Ham\}\subseteq\{0,3,4,7\}$, where $w(c)$ is the Hamming weight of the word $c$. A code $C$ of length $n$ is called cyclic if ...
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### How an insertion can be decoded in Varshamov and Tenengolts (VT) codes

I have a good idea of how deletion can be decoded in VT codes using Levenshtein algorithm. However, I don't have any idea how can an insertion be decoded? Can anybody give me a small example using a ...
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### Soft binary ECC? How to maximize the minimum distance over a channel?

Given that The channel is tiny, it has message size of 72 bits Each bit is probabilistic, meaning that I have a value between 0 and 100 of how likely that bit is on/off1 Only 24 bits of acutal data ...
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### What should be the way to design code for such a situation?

I have a graph as given below: Let us assume one node as transmitter and another as receiver. We need to transfer particles in every time slot constrained by maximum particles N and minimum 0. The ...
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### Decode Reed Muller codes efficiently given only a syndrome

So given some erroneous Reed Muller code-word's syndrome as well as the Parity-Check/Generator Matrix how would one find the error vector? The approach I took naively was to build the syndrome table, ...
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### Number of unique prefixes in canonical huffman tree

I am trying to implement decompression algorithm based on huffman trees. I am trying to validate my assumptions. Assume that you have alphabet of 350 symbols. Maximum encoded code length is 15 bits. ...
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### Efficiency of arithmetic coding

I think I know how the arithmetic coding works but what I don't understand is the reasoning about efficiency. I have read in this pdf that the number of bits required to specify a range is greater ...
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### How many parity syndromes are there?

In RAID 6, there is a parity scheme that allows 2 concurrent disk failures. This requires 2 ‘syndromes’, one of which is simply XOR, as used for RAID 5's only parity. In trying to find out whether ...