Essential Coding Theory

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MIT Course Number

6.895

As Taught In

Fall 2004

Level

Graduate

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Course Features

Course Description

This course introduces the theory of error-correcting codes to computer scientists. This theory, dating back to the works of Shannon and Hamming from the late 40's, overflows with theorems, techniques, and notions of interest to theoretical computer scientists. The course will focus on results of asymptotic and algorithmic significance. Principal topics include:

  1. Construction and existence results for error-correcting codes.
  2. Limitations on the combinatorial performance of error-correcting codes.
  3. Decoding algorithms.
  4. Applications in computer science.

Sudan, Madhu. 6.895 Essential Coding Theory, Fall 2004. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-895-essential-coding-theory-fall-2004 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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