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### covering by spherical caps

Consider the unit sphere $\mathbb{S}^d.$ Pick now some $\alpha$ (I am thinking of $\alpha \ll 1,$ but I don't know how germane this is). The question is: how many spherical caps of angular radius ...

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### Parity-check matrix for code with variable block size and minimum distance

Consider a linear error-correcting code with symbols in $GF(q)$, with codewords of length $k$ generated from messages of length $n$ and minimum distance $d+1 = k-n+1$. In the cases of interest, $q = ...

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### Coding for channels with concentrated error

Can we implement a reduced-error transmission over a channel with error frequency having $\liminf<\frac{1}{2}$ and $\limsup>\frac{1}{2}$?
We know that if a channel with error flips (in the ...

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### Computing channel capacities for non-symmetric channels

I'm studying information theory right now and I'm reading about channel capacities.
I know that there are known expressions for computing the capacities for some well known simple channels such as ...

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### How do you use the bits you get back from Bits Back Coding?

Bits Back coding is a scheme to transmit an observation x.
You can read about it here [1]. To my understanding, it works like this:
The encoder samples a message z from a distribution Q(z|x) that it ...

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### lower bound on A(k,4,floor(k/2))

A(k,4,r) is the independence number of the Johnson graph J(k,r).
What is the best known asymptotic lower bound on A(k,4,floor(k/2)) ?
I only obtained ...

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### Information theoretic common sequence agreement (not secret key)

Supposing Alice and Bob share $\rho$-correlated sequences in $\{0,1\}^n$, what coding theory based schemes are available for Alice and Bod to extract sequences $A,B\in\{0,1\}^n$ respectively such that ...

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### On MDS code property

Is there a code that is Maximum Distance Separable and not isomorphic to Reed Solomon Codes? When is a MDS code isomorphic to Reed Solomon Code?
Is there an easy test? If so, could someone provide ...

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### Hamming graph and independent sets

I'm defining the Hamming graph $H(d,q)$ in the usual way, so we have a set $S$ of $q$ elements, the hamming graph $H(d,q)$ has vertex set $S^{d}$ (the set of all ordered $d$-tuples of elements of $S$) ...

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### “The Two Sheriffs” puzzle -2: threshold for security

I've already asked a question “The Two Sheriffs” puzzle with wrong assumption. Yoav Kallus in his amazing answer using Fano plane showed that the problem has a solution in the case of seven suspects.
...

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### Reed-Muller-Codes

Let $F$ be the field with two elements, $V_m=F^{2^m}$.Let $R(r, m)\subset V_m$ be the
binary Reed-Muller Code. Define $R_m:=R(1, m)$. Then the dimension of $R_m$ is
$1+m$ and its minimal distance is ...

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### “The Two Sheriffs” puzzle

This puzzle is taken from the book Mathematical puzzles: a connoisseur's collection by P. Winkler.
Two sheriffs in neighboring towns are on the track of a killer, in a
case involving eight ...

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### Bound on the weight of the minimum weight generator of [n,k] cyclic codes?

I'm looking at creating sparse generator matrices for cyclic codes of a given length and dimension. A generator matrix of an [n,k] cyclic code can be expressed as
$G = \begin{bmatrix}g_0 & g_1 ...

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### Optimal covering

Let consider a problem of optimal covering of Hamming space.
So we have Hamming space $\{0,1\}^n$ and some integer $r$. We want to find a set $A \subseteq \{0,1\}^n$ such that any point from ...

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### PRNG and coding theory

Let $k, n \in \mathbb{N}$, $k = (1 - \epsilon)n$ where $1 >\epsilon > 0$.
I want to find $f: \{0,1\}^k \to \{0, 1\}^n$
such that:
1) $f(a) \not= f(b)$ if $a \not=b $
2) for any $x \in ...

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### Picking codewords that are close

I posted this question in http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1142698/picking-codewords-that-are-close a week back.
Let $[n,k,d]$ be a linear code over $\Bbb F_q$ with minimum distance $d$ and ...

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### Block error-correcting codes over inhomogeneous alphabets

For $n := (n_1,\dots,n_N) \in \mathbb{N}_{>1}^N$, let $X_n := \prod_{j=1}^N [n_j]$, where as usual $[m] := \{1,\dots,m\}$.
Are there any known generic constructions for (Hamming) sphere ...

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### Minimum-size spanning group using hamming distance

For given natural numbers $N$ and $D$, we will define $F$ as all the non-negative integers less than $2^N$. A group $A \subseteq F$ will be "spanning", if and only if every number $x$ in $F$ satisfies ...

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### Correlation between two continuous-time stochastic processes

Consider two continous-time stochastic processes $\{A(t)\}_{t \ge 0}$ and $\{B(t)\}_{t \ge 0}$ with $A(t)=t$ and $B(t)=t$. Each process starts at $t=0$ and emits "ticks" at increasing time slots. For ...

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### Polynomial existence over finite field

Denote $\mathcal{F_n}$ as collection of multiaffine polynomials $f\in\Bbb F_2[x_1,\dots,x_n]$.
Denote total degree of $f\in\mathcal{F_n}$ as $deg(f)$ (note $deg(f)\leq n$).
Denote ...

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### On subset of Deterministic games

Denote strings $u,v$ from $\{0,1\}^n$.
Denote concatenated pair $[uv]$.
Denote
$$[uv]_{1}=\{[uv]\oplus e_i\}_{i=1}^{2n}$$
collection of pairs with Hamming distance $1$ from $[uv]$ string ...

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### Comparison Huffman Encoding and Arithmetic Coding dependent on Entropy

Where can I get an understanding of how Arithmetic Coding and Huffman Encoding compare as entropy increases. I know Arithmetic Coding is better for low entropy distributions, but how can I get a sense ...

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### Minimally intersecting subsets of fixed size

The question I have, is how to generate the following collection of subsets:
Given a set $S$ of size $n$. I want to find a sequence of $k$ subsets of fixed size $m$, $0<m<n$, such that at each ...

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### Balanced binary code that “resists” local decoding?

I am looking for a construction that can be stated as the following coding problem: a binary code with good distance ($d = \Omega(n)$ where codeword length is $n$) that "resists local decoding" in the ...

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### Maximum number of vectors in a hypercube satisfying given conditions

$\mathcal{C}$ is a collection of binary vectors of length $n$, i.e. $\mathcal{C}\subseteq\{0,1\}^n$. For arbitrary $x,y,z\in\mathcal{C}$ and $x\neq z$, $y\neq z$, there always holds that the Euclidean ...

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### What measurable quantity can constrain the number of odors human can discriminate?

This is not a very typical MO question, but I hope you bear with me. It concerns a recent disagreement in the biology literature about how many different odors humans can discriminate. The authors of ...

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### Form of the Shannon capacity for Heptagon?

Is the $0$-error capacity of $7$-cycle:
$(1)$ known to be of form $7^q$ for some $q\in \mathbb Q$?

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### How small parallelograms are we guaranteed to get, when we select the two sides from different plane lattices?

Title question description: Select two lattices $\Lambda_1$ and $\Lambda_2$ (here a lattice=additive free abelian group without accumulation points) of maximal rank two in the real plane. We normalize ...

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### Noise reduction in capacity-0 channels

Suppose we have a binary symmetric channel with $p=\frac{1}{3}$; that is, a communications channel in which each bit is flipped with independent probability $\frac{1}{3}$. I know that there is a code ...

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### On a problem of sphere-packing for Reed-Solomon codes

Suppose we have an $[n, k+1, n-k]$ Reed Solomon code $\mathcal C$ over $\mathbb F_q$, where $n-k=d$ is the minimum distance, and suppose that $d=2t+1$. We know that for every $r \in \mathbb F_q^n$ the ...

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### Applications of list decoding

This is citation from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_decoding:
Algorithms developed for list decoding of several interesting code families have found interesting applications in computational ...

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### Mutual information staying constant under composition of channels

Consider the following scenario: one has 2 communication channels $C_1$ and $C_2$. Denote by $p(x)$ the input probability distribution.
The mutual information between the input and the output of ...

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### What is matrix A such that Hamming weight of [x, Ax] is maximal ? (Min distance of 1/2 block code?)

Everything over F_2.
For any matrix $A$ define the number $N(A) = min_{x}$ HammingWeight $( [x , Ax])$.
Where $x$ is vector and [a,b] is just concatenation of vectors: (a_1,...a_n, b_1,...,b_m).
...

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### “Codes” in which a group of words are pairwise different at a certain position

I read the following problem, claimed to be in the IMO shortlist in 1988:
A test consists of four multiple choice problems, each with three options, and the students should give an unique answer ...

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### Another formulation of error-correcting coding problem

Consider classic error-correcting problem:
there is finite set $A$ and string $a_1...a_n$, $a_i \in A$ in the begin.
in the end we have $b_1...b_n$. Set places of errors $E = \{i| a_i\not= b_i \}$, ...

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### Group action of $G<\mathbb Z^\infty_2$ over the Golden mean shif [closed]

I'm am looking for an action of an infinite subgroup of $\mathbb Z^\infty_2$ over the golden mean shift space $$X=\{x\in \{0,1\}^\mathbb N : x_i=1\Rightarrow x_{i+1}=0\}$$ such that any element of $G$ ...

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### MacWilliams Identity for Asymptotic Weight Spectrum of a Code

Introduction
Let $C$ be a code of block length $n$ having $A_i^C$ words of Hamming weight $i$, for $i\in [n]$, where $[n]:=\{0,\ldots,n\}$. Then, the sequence $\{ A_i^C \}_{i \in [n]} $ is called the ...

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### Function field Towers of larger depth of recursion

A function field tower is a sequence of function fields
$$\mathcal{F}_0 \subset \mathcal{F}_1 \subset \mathcal{F}_2 \dots \subset \mathcal{F}_{n} \subset \mathcal{F}_{n+1} \subset \dots $$
over a base ...

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### On the rank of a matrix $S$ with coefficients in $\mathbb F_{2^m}$

Let $\mathbb F$ be a finite field with characteristic 2 and let $S \in M(2k, 2k, \mathbb F)$ be the matrix defined as follows
$$ S=\left[\begin{array}{ccccccc}
0 & ...

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### Hot-topics in error correcting coding related to interesting math. ?

What are topics in error-correcting coding which are related to interesting math. ?
I am primarely interested in nowdays hot topics, but old days topics are also welcome.
Let me try to mention what ...

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### Certain subgroup of automorphism groups of binary codes

Suppose that $C$ is an binary linear code of length $n$ and dimension $k$ (i.e. it's a $k$-dimensional linear subspace of $\mathbb{F}_2^n$). As usual, the automorphism group of $C$ is the subgroup of ...

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### Automorphisms of subgroup of hamming cube under distance constraint

Let $S$ be a subset of $\{0,1\}^n$ such that any two elements of $S$ are at least (Hamming) distance 5 apart. I'm looking for an upper bound on the size of the automorphism group of $S$.
There's a ...

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### When does the Lloyd polynomial have only integral roots?

For a $t$-error correcting code of length $n$ over the finite field $\mathbb{F}_q$, the Lloyd polynomial is given by
$$
L_t(n,x):=\sum_{j=0}^t(-1)^j\binom{x-1}{j}\binom{n-x}{t-j}(q-1)^{t-j}.
$$
A ...

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### Designing almost orthogonal vectors in a deterministic manner

Consider the vector space $\mathbb{R}^n$, the standard inner product $\langle \cdot,\cdot \rangle:\mathbb{R}^n\times\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, and some $0<\epsilon\leq ...

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### Partial backups

Suppose you have some storage medium of a given size M, and can make some kind of backup on another medium of size B with M > B. You can choose the scheme to determine the contents of the backup.
...

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### Techniques for showing optimality of given packing

There are some natural packing problems that have been asked in mathematics. Some of them are:
1)How many balls can be placed with in a cube?
2)How many equidistant points can be place on the ...

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### Fully Homomorphic Error Correction?

Consider a field $F$. Suppose we have two vectors $a,b\in F^n$, and an invertible matrix $G\in F^{n\times n}$. Let $c\in F^n$ be the point-wise product of $a$ and $b$, that is, $c_i=a_ib_i$. Let ...

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### Cyclic Hamming Code

I know that Hamming codes can be arranged in cyclic form. But my question is how can I prove this.
My idea was to find a generator/primitive polynomial $p(x)$?
For example I want to show that the ...

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### Doing column permutation under row overlap constraint

In coding theory, there are parity-check codes whose parity-check matrices $H$ are generated via column permutations. For instance, the binary LDPC codes constructed in Gallager's 1962 IRE Trans paper ...

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### Binary codes with upper bound on pairwise distance

A fundamental problem in coding theory is:
Given positive integers $k\le n$, determine or bound the maximal cardinality of a set $S\subset \mathbb{F}_{2}^{n}$ such that $\forall x,y\in S: x\ne ...