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Bit error probability calculations for convolutional codes with short constraint lengths on very noisy channels

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3 Author(s)
Herro, M.A. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Notre Dame Univ., IN, USA ; Hu, L. ; Nowack, J.M.

A technique for estimating convolutional code performance on very noisy channels is considered. Specifically, the performance of short constraint length codes operating near the channel cutoff rate is estimated. Decoding convolutional codes with a sliding window decoder (SWD) are considered. This decoder is an optimal (maximum likelihood) symbol decoder as the window size grows toward infinity, while the Viterbi decoder is the maximum-likelihood sequence estimator. The difference in the decoded BERs (bit error rates) between the two decoders is very small and approaches zero asymptotically as the channel BER decreases. Therefore, an estimate on the decoded BER for the SWD can also be used as an estimate of the decoded BER for Viterbi decoding

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Communications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 7 )