The theory of error-correcting codes stems from Shannon's 1948 _A mathematical theory of communication_, and from Hamming's 1950 "Error detecting and error correcting codes".

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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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“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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What is the complexity of this problem?

Recently on Dick Lipton and Ken Regan's blog there was a post about problems of intermediate complexity, that is, NP problems that are harder than P but easier than NP-complete. The main message of ...
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Codes, lattices, vertex operator algebras

At the end of "Notes on Chapter 1" in the Preface to the Third Edition of Sphere packings, lattices and groups, Conway and Sloane write the following: Finally, we cannot resist calling attention ...
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How to keep subsets disjoint?

Given positive integers $n$ and $k\le 2^n$, how to choose a subset $C\subset\{0,1\}^n$ of size $|C|=k$ to maximize the number of pairs $(c_1,c_2)\in C\times C$ with the supports of $c_1$ and $c_2$ ...
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Can you cover the Boolean cube {0,1}^n with O(1) Hamming-balls each of radius n/2-c*sqrt(n)?

(where c>0 and the balls need not be disjoint?) This is an embarrassingly simple question, yet somehow I couldn't find an answer (not even, "this is a well-known open problem") after spending some ...
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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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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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An isoperimetric problem on the hypercube

Fix integer $n\ge 1$, and let $E=\{e_1,...,e_n\}$ denote the standard basis of the vector space ${\mathbb F}_2^n$. Thus, for a set $A\subset{\mathbb F}_2^n$, the sumset $A+E:=\{a+e\colon a\in A,\ e\in ...
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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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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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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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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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“sparse graphs are locally tree-like”

I would like to be able to state with confidence that sparse graphs (graphs with small numbers of edges) are locally tree-like (they have few short cycles). Apparently "Sparse graphs are locally tree ...
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Error correcting codes - basic question

Hi, I have a basic question regarding error correcting codes. Suppose I want to encode a finite information $F$ (say a finite string) into a string $x$ of $n$ bits ($n$ can be as large as you want), ...
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12 balls weighing puzzle

In an article describing the twelve balls weighing problem, the author mentions a solution that involves the finite projective plane of order 3, discovered by Rick Wilson. Does anyone know what this ...
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Can you hide a letter without losing information?

Consider the following game between Alice and Bob. $\Sigma$ is a finite nonempty alphabet, $\Delta \notin \Sigma$ denotes a special symbol, and $k > 0$ is a positive integer constant representing ...
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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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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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Are algebraic geometry error correcting codes (Goppa codes) “good” ?

Question (informal version): Are algebraic geometry error correcting codes (V.D. Goppa codes) "good" ? Some details. There is certain construction of error-correcting codes by means of algebraic ...
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request sources about self-dual cyclic codes

X. Kai and S. Zhu in the paper "On cyclic self-dual codes", AAECC, vol. 19, pp. 509-525, 2008, at page 510 in line 6 said that, It is well Known that there are no cyclic self-dual codes over $F_q$ ...
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binary code with constant hamming distance

I want as many 80-bits words as possible with the constraint that the hamming distance between any couple of words is exactly 40. How many can I generate? Is there a generic formula telling me how ...
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Binary codes with large distance

Suppose $C \subset \lbrace 0,1\rbrace^{n}$ is a binary code with distance $\delta * n$, for $1/2 < \delta < 1$. Can $|C|$ be arbitrarily large (if I allow n to be arbitrarily large)? Note that ...
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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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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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Bounded Hamming distance

Definition 1. For each $n\in\mathbb{Z}^+$, the $n$-dimensional Hamming cube is the set of ordered $n$-tuples of $\lbrace 0,1\rbrace$, denoted by $\lbrace 0,1\rbrace ^n$. Definition 2. The binary ...
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Is there a code which corrects corruption of any two bits in a block?

Background I've just learned a bit about linear codes. Hamming codes have the property that up to one bit in a block can be corrupted, and we still communicate the message correctly. This is done by ...
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Lower bound on the dimension of a subspace of $\mathbb Z_2^r$?

This question may be very trivial, I apologize if it is so. I have subspace $V\subset \mathbb Z_2^r$ with the property that for every choice of a subset $I$ of $k$ elements in $\{1,2,\dots r\}$, the ...
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Best upper bound on rate for q-ary codes

Among the many upper bounds for families of codes in $\mathbb F _2 ^n$, the best known bound is the one by McEliece, Rodemich, Rumsey and Welch which states that the rate $R(\delta)$ corresponding to ...
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how to find vector $(\pm 1, \pm 1, \pm 1, … \pm 1)$ which is most close to given vector (r_1,…r_l) ? Is it NP-problem ? What algorithms are available ?

Given: some vector $R=(r_1...r_l)$ - real numbers, and a set of distinct vectors with $+1$ or $-1$ coordinates $$\begin{array}{c} V_1=(c_{1,1} ... c_{1,l}),\\\ V_2=(c_{2,1} ... c_{2,l}),\\\ ...
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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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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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If graph is tree what can be said about its adjacency matrix ?

Question If graph is tree what can be said about its adjacency matrix ? And vice versa ? Especially I am interested in case when graph is bipartite graph. Such graphs are related to ...
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Probability of false decoding with LDPC codes

It is well known that given a binary linear code $C$ under maximum likelihood decoding the probability of false decoding $P_C$ in a Binary Symmetric Channel with cross over probability $p$, in other ...
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A Boolean function that is not constant on affine subspaces of large enough dimension

I'm interested in an explicit Boolean function $f \colon \{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{0,1\}$ with the following property: if $f$ is constant on some affine subspace of $\{0,1\}^n$, then the dimension of ...
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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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Most orthogonal lattice basis

Let $n \in \mathbf{N}$ be a natural number and $v_1,\cdots,v_n$ a set of basis vectors in $\mathbb{R}^n$. How does one find the matrix $g \in \mathbf{GL}_n(\mathbb{Z})$ orthogonalizing these best ...
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Intersecting Hamming spheres: is $|A\stackrel k+E|\ge|A|$?

Since my original posting some ten days ago, I discovered an amazing example which changed significantly my perception of the problem. Accordingly, the whole post got re-written now. The most ...
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Structure of F_p[G], for finite group G ?

Consider group algebra k[G] of finite group G. If k is alg.closed then every irrep lives there with multiplicity equal to dimension. (More conceptually as bimodule over GxG it is multiplicity free and ...
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Good codes in practice for correcting combination of errors and erasures

In practice, both errors and erasures might be introduced in the channel. Could you point me to some good codes for correcting such combinations. Also what are their correction capabilities?
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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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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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“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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Generator Matrices of Best Known Linear Codes

Is there a location where one can access generator matrices (not just bounds) of best known linear codes?
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Cancellation theorem for lattices

By a lattice, we mean a finitely generated, free $\mathbb{Z}$-module together with a symmetric bilinear form. Typical examples are the hyperbolic lattices $U$ and the root lattices $A_{n}, D_{n}, ...
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How many vectors of Hamming weight L in “random” K dimensional subspace of F_2^N ? Or how good/bad is random linear block code ?

Consider linear $N$-dimensional space $F_2^N$. Consider its $K$ dimensional subspace $V \subset F_2^N$. Let us calculate $w(k,V,N)$ number of vectors in $V$ of Hamming weight $k$ in $V$. Since there ...
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Special polynomials over finite fields

My field of research is coding theory and I am working on cyclic codes. During my research, I tackled an algebraic problem. After some simple definitions, I asked my question. I will appreciate any ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...