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Exact solution for the conditional entropy of Poissonian LDPC codes over the Binary Erasure Channel

We consider communication over a binary erasure channel with low density parity check codes and optimal maximum a posteriori decoding. It is known that the problem of computing the average conditional entropy, over such code ensembles, in the asymptotic limit of large block length is closely related to computing the free energy of a mean field spin glass in the thermodynamic limit. Tentative, but explicit, formulas for these quantities have been derived thanks to the replica method (of spin glass theory) and are generally conjectured to be exact. In this contribution we show that the replica formulas are indeed exact in the case of Poissonian low density parity check ensembles. Our methods use ideas coming from the recent progress in the rigorous analysis of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model and their applications to the theory of error correcting codes.

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