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Title:  Topics in Coding Theory: 1. The A(,s)(n,d) Problem in The Plotkin Region. 2. Number of Information Symbols in a Bch Code 
Author(s):  Merkey, Phillip Roy 
Department / Program:  Mathematics 
Discipline:  Mathematics 
Degree Granting Institution:  University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign 
Degree:  Ph.D. 
Genre:  Dissertation 
Subject(s):  Mathematics 
Abstract:  In chapter 1 we investigate the A(,s)(n,d) problem in the Plotkin Region. The problem is to finding the maximum number of codewords in a code on an alphabet with s symbols that has length n and minimum Hamming distance d. The Plotkin Region is the set of n and d such that sd > t(s  1)n. We define Generalized Hadamard matrices, using a notion of orthogonality over a group, and show that these matrices give rise to certain A(,s)(n,d) codes. Two general constructions for A(,s)(n,d) codes, which apparently do not depend on Hadamard matrices, are given. Lastly we discuss a computer implemented algorithm to search for A(,3)(15,11). In chapter 2 we discuss the problem of finding the number of information symbols in a BCH code with design parameters n, b and d. This work generalizes the work of Berlekamp where he completely answers the problem for the case of the "simple" BCH codes (the case b = 0). In the general case (where b is arbitrary) we show the problem to be equivalent to counting certain walks in a directed graph. By considering the adjacency matrix for the graph we find a efficient method of computing I(n,d,b) and we find the asymptotic growth of I(n,d,b) as n, d and b increase while the ratios d/n and b/n are fixed. 
Issue Date:  1986 
Type:  Text 
Description:  147 p. Thesis (Ph.D.)University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, 1986. 
URI:  http://hdl.handle.net/2142/71245 
Other Identifier(s):  (UMI)AAI8701565 
Date Available in IDEALS:  20141216 
Date Deposited:  1986 
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