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Network information flow
 IEEE TRANS. INFORM. THEORY
, 2000
"... We introduce a new class of problems called network information flow which is inspired by computer network applications. Consider a pointtopoint communication network on which a number of information sources are to be mulitcast to certain sets of destinations. We assume that the information source ..."
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We introduce a new class of problems called network information flow which is inspired by computer network applications. Consider a pointtopoint communication network on which a number of information sources are to be mulitcast to certain sets of destinations. We assume that the information sources are mutually independent. The problem is to characterize the admissible coding rate region. This model subsumes all previously studied models along the same line. In this paper, we study the problem with one information source, and we have obtained a simple characterization of the admissible coding rate region. Our result can be regarded as the Maxflow Mincut Theorem for network information flow. Contrary to one’s intuition, our work reveals that it is in general not optimal to regard the information to be multicast as a “fluid” which can simply be routed or replicated. Rather, by employing coding at the nodes, which we refer to as network coding, bandwidth can in general be saved. This finding may have significant impact on future design of switching systems.
Graphical models, exponential families, and variational inference
, 2008
"... The formalism of probabilistic graphical models provides a unifying framework for capturing complex dependencies among random variables, and building largescale multivariate statistical models. Graphical models have become a focus of research in many statistical, computational and mathematical fiel ..."
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The formalism of probabilistic graphical models provides a unifying framework for capturing complex dependencies among random variables, and building largescale multivariate statistical models. Graphical models have become a focus of research in many statistical, computational and mathematical fields, including bioinformatics, communication theory, statistical physics, combinatorial optimization, signal and image processing, information retrieval and statistical machine learning. Many problems that arise in specific instances — including the key problems of computing marginals and modes of probability distributions — are best studied in the general setting. Working with exponential family representations, and exploiting the conjugate duality between the cumulant function and the entropy for exponential families, we develop general variational representations of the problems of computing likelihoods, marginal probabilities and most probable configurations. We describe how a wide varietyof algorithms — among them sumproduct, cluster variational methods, expectationpropagation, mean field methods, maxproduct and linear programming relaxation, as well as conic programming relaxations — can all be understood in terms of exact or approximate forms of these variational representations. The variational approach provides a complementary alternative to Markov chain Monte Carlo as a general source of approximation methods for inference in largescale statistical models.
Good ErrorCorrecting Codes based on Very Sparse Matrices
, 1999
"... We study two families of errorcorrecting codes defined in terms of very sparse matrices. "MN" (MacKayNeal) codes are recently invented, and "Gallager codes" were first investigated in 1962, but appear to have been largely forgotten, in spite of their excellent properties. The ..."
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We study two families of errorcorrecting codes defined in terms of very sparse matrices. "MN" (MacKayNeal) codes are recently invented, and "Gallager codes" were first investigated in 1962, but appear to have been largely forgotten, in spite of their excellent properties. The decoding of both codes can be tackled with a practical sumproduct algorithm. We prove that these codes are "very good," in that sequences of codes exist which, when optimally decoded, achieve information rates up to the Shannon limit. This result holds not only for the binarysymmetric channel but also for any channel with symmetric stationary ergodic noise. We give experimental results for binarysymmetric channels and Gaussian channels demonstrating that practical performance substantially better than that of standard convolutional and concatenated codes can be achieved; indeed, the performance of Gallager codes is almost as close to the Shannon limit as that of turbo codes.
Turbo decoding as an instance of Pearl’s belief propagation algorithm
 IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
, 1998
"... Abstract—In this paper, we will describe the close connection between the now celebrated iterative turbo decoding algorithm of Berrou et al. and an algorithm that has been well known in the artificial intelligence community for a decade, but which is relatively unknown to information theorists: Pear ..."
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Abstract—In this paper, we will describe the close connection between the now celebrated iterative turbo decoding algorithm of Berrou et al. and an algorithm that has been well known in the artificial intelligence community for a decade, but which is relatively unknown to information theorists: Pearl’s belief propagation algorithm. We shall see that if Pearl’s algorithm is applied to the “belief network ” of a parallel concatenation of two or more codes, the turbo decoding algorithm immediately results. Unfortunately, however, this belief diagram has loops, and Pearl only proved that his algorithm works when there are no loops, so an explanation of the excellent experimental performance of turbo decoding is still lacking. However, we shall also show that Pearl’s algorithm can be used to routinely derive previously known iterative, but suboptimal, decoding algorithms for a number of other errorcontrol systems, including Gallager’s
Improved lowdensity paritycheck codes using irregular graphs
 IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory
, 2001
"... Abstract—We construct new families of errorcorrecting codes based on Gallager’s lowdensity paritycheck codes. We improve on Gallager’s results by introducing irregular paritycheck matrices and a new rigorous analysis of harddecision decoding of these codes. We also provide efficient methods for ..."
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Abstract—We construct new families of errorcorrecting codes based on Gallager’s lowdensity paritycheck codes. We improve on Gallager’s results by introducing irregular paritycheck matrices and a new rigorous analysis of harddecision decoding of these codes. We also provide efficient methods for finding good irregular structures for such decoding algorithms. Our rigorous analysis based on martingales, our methodology for constructing good irregular codes, and the demonstration that irregular structure improves performance constitute key points of our contribution. We also consider irregular codes under belief propagation. We report the results of experiments testing the efficacy of irregular codes on both binarysymmetric and Gaussian channels. For example, using belief propagation, for rate I R codes on 16 000 bits over a binarysymmetric channel, previous lowdensity paritycheck codes can correct up to approximately 16 % errors, while our codes correct over 17%. In some cases our results come very close to reported results for turbo codes, suggesting that variations of irregular low density paritycheck codes may be able to match or beat turbo code performance. Index Terms—Belief propagation, concentration theorem, Gallager codes, irregular codes, lowdensity paritycheck codes.
An Introduction to Factor Graphs
 IEEE SIGNAL PROCESSING MAG., JAN. 2004
, 2004
"... A large variety of algorithms in coding, signal processing, and artificial intelligence may be viewed as instances of the summaryproduct algorithm (or belief/probability ..."
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A large variety of algorithms in coding, signal processing, and artificial intelligence may be viewed as instances of the summaryproduct algorithm (or belief/probability
Lowdensity paritycheck codes based on finite geometries: A rediscovery and new results
 IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory
, 2001
"... This paper presents a geometric approach to the construction of lowdensity paritycheck (LDPC) codes. Four classes of LDPC codes are constructed based on the lines and points of Euclidean and projective geometries over finite fields. Codes of these four classes have good minimum distances and thei ..."
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This paper presents a geometric approach to the construction of lowdensity paritycheck (LDPC) codes. Four classes of LDPC codes are constructed based on the lines and points of Euclidean and projective geometries over finite fields. Codes of these four classes have good minimum distances and their Tanner graphs have girth T. Finitegeometry LDPC codes can be decoded in various ways, ranging from low to high decoding complexity and from reasonably good to very good performance. They perform very well with iterative decoding. Furthermore, they can be put in either cyclic or quasicyclic form. Consequently, their encoding can be achieved in linear time and implemented with simple feedback shift registers. This advantage is not shared by other LDPC codes in general and is important in practice. Finitegeometry LDPC codes can be extended and shortened in various ways to obtain other good LDPC codes. Several techniques of extension and shortening are presented. Long extended finitegeometry LDPC codes have been constructed and they achieve a performance only a few tenths of a decibel away from the Shannon theoretical limit with iterative decoding.
Iterative Decoding of Compound Codes by Probability Propagation in Graphical Models
 IEEE J. Sel. Areas Comm
, 1998
"... Abstract—We present a unified graphical model framework for describing compound codes and deriving iterative decoding algorithms. After reviewing a variety of graphical models (Markov random fields, Tanner graphs, and Bayesian networks), we derive a general distributed marginalization algorithm for ..."
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Abstract—We present a unified graphical model framework for describing compound codes and deriving iterative decoding algorithms. After reviewing a variety of graphical models (Markov random fields, Tanner graphs, and Bayesian networks), we derive a general distributed marginalization algorithm for functions described by factor graphs. From this general algorithm, Pearl’s belief propagation algorithm is easily derived as a special case. We point out that recently developed iterative decoding algorithms for various codes, including “turbo decoding ” of parallelconcatenated convolutional codes, may be viewed as probability propagation in a graphical model of the code. We focus on Bayesian network descriptions of codes, which give a natural input/state/output/channel description of a code and channel, and we indicate how iterative decoders can be developed for paralleland serially concatenated coding systems, product codes, and lowdensity paritycheck codes. Index Terms — Concatenated coding, decoding, graph theory, iterative methods, product codes.
Iterative multiuser joint decoding: unified framework and asymptotic analysis
 IEEE TRANS. INFORM. THEORY
, 2002
"... We present a framework for iterative multiuser joint decoding of codedivision multipleaccess (CDMA) signals, based on the factorgraph representation and on the sumproduct algorithm. In this framework, known parallel and serial, hard and soft interference cancellation algorithms are derived in a ..."
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We present a framework for iterative multiuser joint decoding of codedivision multipleaccess (CDMA) signals, based on the factorgraph representation and on the sumproduct algorithm. In this framework, known parallel and serial, hard and soft interference cancellation algorithms are derived in a unified way. The asymptotic performance of these algorithms in the limit of large code block length can be rigorously analyzed by using density evolution. We show that, for random spreading in the largesystem limit, density evolution is considerably simplified. Moreover, by making a Gaussian approximation of the decoder soft output, we show that the behavior of iterative multiuser joint decoding is approximately characterized by the stable fixed points of a simple onedimensional nonlinear dynamical system.