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Minimax codes for finite alphabets (Corresp.)

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Minimax codes are designed for applications where the symbol probabilities are not known except for their order. A minimax code is defined by real-valued parameters/, (resembling the lengths of codewords) which minimize the maximum ratio(Sigma_{i}p_{i}l_{i})/(--Sigma_{i}p_{i}logp_{i})subject toSigma_{i}2^{-l_{i}}leq1over the set of monotonically nonincreasing distributions such thatp_{1}leq1/mforman integer greater than one.

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Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 3 )