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In many multiterminal communication problems, constructions of good source codes involve finding distributed partitions (into bins) of a collection of quantizers associated with a group of source encoders. Further, computationally efficient procedures to index these bins are also required. In this work, we consider a constructive approach for distributed binning in an algebraic framework. Several application scenarios fall under the scope of this paper including the CEO problem, distributed source coding, and n-channel symmetric multiple description source coding with n>2. Specifically, in this exposition we consider the case of two codebooks while focusing on the Gaussian CEO problem with mean squared error reconstruction and with two symmetric observations. This problem deals with distributed encoding of correlated noisy observations of a source into descriptions such that the joint decoder having access to them can reconstruct the source with a fidelity criterion. We employ generalized coset codes constructed in a group-theoretic setting for this approach, and analyze the performance in terms of distance properties and decoding algorithms.
Date of Publication: Oct. 2005