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This paper addresses the design of joint source-channel variable-length codes with maximal free distance for given codeword lengths. While previous design methods are mainly based on bounds on the free distance of the code, the proposed algorithm exploits an exact characterization of the free distance. The code optimization is cast in the framework of mixed-integer linear programming and allows to tackle practical alphabet sizes in reasonable computing time.
Data Compression Conference (DCC), 2012
Date of Conference: 10-12 April 2012