Conference paper

Performance of Polar Codes for Channel and Source Coding

Polar codes, introduced recently by Arikan, are the first family of codes known to achieve capacity of symmetric channels using a low complexity successive cancellation decoder. Although these codes, combined with successive cancellation, are optimal in this respect, their finite-length performance is not record breaking. We discuss several techniques through which their finite-length performance can be improved. We also study the performance of these codes in the context of source coding, both lossless and lossy, in the single-user context as well as for distributed applications.

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