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This paper considers the problem of communicating over a relay channel with state when noncausal state information is partially available at the nodes. We first establish a lower bound on the achievable rates based on noisy network coding and Gelfand-Pinsker coding, and show that it provides an alternative characterization of a previously known bound. We then introduce the class of state-decoupled relay channels and show that our lower bound is tight for a subclass of semideterministic channels. We also compute the capacity for two specific examples of this subclass - a channel with multiplicative binary fading and a channel with additive Gaussian interference. These examples are not special cases of previous classes of semideterministic relay channels with known capacity.
Date of Publication: May 2013