Robust universal complete codes for transmission and compression

Aviezri S. Fraenkel, Shmuel T. Klein

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Several measures are defined and investigated, which allow the comparison of codes as to their robustness against errors. Then new universal and complete sequences of variable-length codewords are proposed, based on representing the integers in a binary Fibonacci numeration system. Each sequence is constant and needs not be generated for every probability distribution. These codes can be used as alternatives to Huffman codes when the optimal compression of the latter is not required, and simplicity, faster processing and robustness are preferred. The codes are compared on several "real-life" examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-55
Number of pages25
JournalDiscrete Applied Mathematics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 4 Jan 1996


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