By David J. C. MacKay

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56) For N = 14, that’s 91 + 14 + 1 = 106 patterns. Now, every distinguishable error pattern must give rise to a distinct syndrome; and the syndrome is a list of M bits, so the maximum possible number of syndromes is 2 M . For a (14, 8) code, M = 6, so there are at most 26 = 64 syndromes. The number of possible error patterns of weight up to two, 106, is bigger than the number of syndromes, 64, so we can immediately rule out the possibility that there is a (14, 8) code that is 2-error-correcting.

8. 11. 32 2 — Probability, Entropy, and Inference What do you notice about your solutions? Does each answer depend on the detailed contents of each urn? The details of the other possible outcomes and their probabilities are irrelevant. All that matters is the probability of the outcome that actually happened (here, that the ball drawn was black) given the different hypotheses. , how the probability of the data that happened varies with the hypothesis. This simple rule about inference is known as the likelihood principle.

13, we introduced a pictorial representation of the (7, 4) Hamming code. 20. The 7 circles are the 7 transmitted bits. The 3 squares are the parity-check nodes (not to be confused with the 3 parity-check bits, which are the three most peripheral circles). The graph is a ‘bipartite’ graph because its nodes fall into two classes – bits and checks – and there are edges only between nodes in different classes. 30) are simply related to each other: each parity-check node corresponds to a row of H and each bit node corresponds to a column of H; for every 1 in H, there is an edge between the corresponding pair of nodes.