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Another look at the exact bit error probability for Viterbi decoding of convolutional codes

Publiceringsår: 2011
Språk: Engelska
Dokumenttyp: Konferensbidrag


In 1995, Best et al. published a formula for the exact bit error probability for Viterbi decoding of the rate R=1/2, memory m=1 (2-state) convolutional encoder with generator matrix G(D)=(1 1+D) when used to communicate over the binary symmetric channel. Their method was later extended to the rate R=1/2, memory m=2 (4-state) generator matrix G(D)=(1+D^2 1+D+D^2) by Lentmaier et al.

In this paper, we shall use a different approach to derive the exact bit error probability. We derive and solve a general matrix recurrent equation connecting the average information weights at the current and previous steps of the Viterbi decoding. A closed form expression for the exact bit error probability is given. Our general solution yields the expressions for the exact bit error probability obtained by Best et al. (m=1) and Lentmaier et al. (m=2) as special cases. The exact bit error probability for the binary symmetric channel is determined for various 8 and 16 states encoders including both polynomial and rational generator matrices for rates R=1/2 and R=2/3. Finally, the exact bit error probability is calculated for communication over the quantized additive white Gaussian noise channel.



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