Joint source/channel coding using arithmetic codes

Billy D. Pettijohn, Michael W. Hoffman, Khalid Sayood

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Reserving space for a symbol that is not in the source alphabet has been shown to provide excellent error detection. In this paper, we show how to exploit this capability using two sequential decoder structures to provide powerful error correction capability. This joint source/channel coder design provides significant packet loss recovery with minimal rate overhead, and compares favorably with conventional schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)826-835
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2001


  • Arithmetic codes
  • Error correction
  • Source coding
  • Variable length codes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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