A tight upper bound on the BER of linear systematic block codes

Pavan Kumar Vitthaladevuni*, Mohamed Slim Alouini

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We present in this letter new upper bounds for linear and systematic block codes. Both perfect and quasi-perfect codes are considered. Numerical results show that our new bounds give much tighter results compared to the classical union-Chernoff bound. In addition, these bounds are more accurate than the leading term approximations especially at low signal-to-noise ratio.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-301
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Block codes
  • Parity check matrices
  • Syndrome decoding
  • Union-chernoff bound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation


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