Binary Variable-to-Fixed Length Balancing Scheme with Simple Encoding/Decoding

Theo G. Swart, Jos H. Weber

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We present a systematic variable-to-fixed (VF) length scheme encoding binary information sequences into binary balanced sequences. The redundancy of the proposed scheme is larger than the redundancy of the best fixed-to-fixed (FF) length schemes in case of long codes, but it is smaller in case of short codes. The biggest advantage comes from the simplicity of the scheme: encoding only requires one to keep track of the sequence weight, while decoding requires only one extremely simple step, irrespective of the sequence length.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1992-1995
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • Balanced code
  • constrained code
  • dc-free code
  • Decoding
  • Electronic mail
  • Encoding
  • Memory management
  • Redundancy
  • Systematics
  • Table lookup
  • variable length


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