Reed-Muller Codes Achieve Capacity on BMS Channels

Conference Paper

This paper considers the performance of long Reed-Muller (RM) codes transmitted over binary memoryless symmetric (BMS) channels under bitwise maximum-a-posteriori decoding. Its main result is that the family of binary RM codes achieves capacity on any BMS channel with respect to bit-error rate. This resolves a long-standing open problem that connects information theory and error-correcting codes. In contrast with the earlier result for the binary erasure channel, the new proof does not rely on hypercontractivity. Instead, it combines a nesting property of RM codes with new information inequalities relating the generalized extrinsic information transfer function and the extrinsic minimum mean-squared error.

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Cited Authors

  • Reeves, G; Pfister, HD

Published Date

  • October 27, 2021