List Decoding from Erasures: Bounds and Code Constructions

  • Venkatesan Guruswami
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2245)


We consider the problem of list decoding from erasures. We establish lower and upper bounds on the rate of a (linear) code that can be list decoded with list size L when up to a fraction p of its symbols are adversarially erased. Our results show that in the limit of large L, the rate of such a code approaches the capacity (1 - p) of the erasure channel. Such nicely list decodable codes are then used as inner codes in a suitable concatenation scheme to give a uniformly constructive family of asymptotically goodbinary linear codes of rate Ω(ɛ2/ lg(1/ɛ)) that can be efficiently list decoded using lists of size O(1/ɛ) from up to a fraction (1-ɛ) of erasures. This improves previous results from [14] in this vein, which achieveda rate of Ω(ɛ3 lg(1/ɛ)).


Error-correcting codes Linear codes Decoding algorithms List decoding Erasure channel 


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  • Venkatesan Guruswami
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  1. 1.Computer Science DivisionUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeley

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