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In this correspondence, we consider rate-distortion examples in the presence of side information. For a system with some side information known at both the encoder and decoder, and some known only at the decoder, we evaluate the rate distortion function for both Gaussian and binary sources. While the Gaussian example is a straightforward generalization of the corresponding result by Wyner, the binary example proves more difficult and is solved using a multidimensional optimization approach. Leveraging the insights gained from the binary example, we then solve the more complicated binary Heegard and Berger problem of decoding when side information may be present. The results demonstrate the existence of a new type of successive refinement in which the refinement information is decoded together with side information that is not available for the initial description.
Date of Publication: April 2006