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Iterative List Decoding of Concatenated Source-Channel Codes

Author(s): Hedayat Ahmadreza | Nosratinia Aria

Journal: EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
ISSN 1687-6172

Volume: 2005;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 267126;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: joint source-channel coding | variable length codes | list decoding | iterative decoding

Whenever variable-length entropy codes are used in the presence of a noisy channel, any channel errors will propagate and cause significant harm. Despite using channel codes, some residual errors always remain, whose effect will get magnified by error propagation. Mitigating this undesirable effect is of great practical interest. One approach is to use the residual redundancy of variable length codes for joint source-channel decoding. In this paper, we improve the performance of residual redundancy source-channel decoding via an iterative list decoder made possible by a nonbinary outer CRC code. We show that the list decoding of VLC's is beneficial for entropy codes that contain redundancy. Such codes are used in state-of-the-art video coders, for example. The proposed list decoder improves the overall performance significantly in AWGN and fully interleaved Rayleigh fading channels.
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