6.050J/2.110J  Spring 2010 Unit 4

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering

6.050J/2.110J – Information, Entropy and Computation –
Spring 2010


Unit 4: Errors
Schedule
Lecture 
Thursday, Feb 18, 2010, 1:00 PM 
Room 1150 
Recitation 
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010, 1:00 PM 
Room 1150 
Special Session 
Thursday, Feb 25, 2010, 1:00 PM 
Room 1150 
Lecture Handouts
Students who for any reason did not receive these items can pick them up in
Room 38344. Most of this material is also available on the 6.050J/2.110J
Web site
http://www.mtl.mit.edu/Courses/6.050.
Reading Assignment
Resources
Technical

Richard W. Hamming, "Coding and Information Theory," PrenticeHall,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632, 259 pp.; Second Edition 1986.

Examples of error detection without correction

Error Correcting Codes links

ReedSolomon Codes and
CD Encoding by Stan Hanley and David Joyner

Quantum ECC
Historical
General Technical Books
There are many excellent texts on coding theory and communications, some of
which assume a familiarity with mathematics beyond introductory calculus.

John G. Truxal, "The Age of Electronic Messages," McGrawHill Publishing
Company, New York, NY; 1990. Aimed at providing technology and engineering
exposure to liberal arts students. Nonmathematical, with lots of great
examples. Based on material taught at the State University of New York at
Stony Brook.

John R. Pierce, "An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals,
and Noise," Dover Publications, Inc., New York, NY; 1961, 1980 (Second
Edition). Mostly nonmathematical, by one of the nation's great scientific
contributors at AT&T Bell Laboratories, who was also interested in
reaching a general audience. He was later on the faculty at Caltech. One
of his interesting sideline activities was writing science fiction stories
under the pen name J. J. Coupling. He died April 2, 2002 at the age of 92.

Robert G. Gallager, "Information Theory and Reliable Communications," John
Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY; 1968. One of the early textbooks,
designed for firstyear graduate students, by one of the pioneers in
communications, an MIT faculty member, later awarded the IEEE Medal of
Honor, its most prestigious award.

Thomas M. Cover and Joy A. Thomas, "Elements of Information Theory," John
Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY; 1991. Aimed at university seniors
and firstyear graduate students. One of several excellent books of that
era. Professor Cover, at Stanford University, is one of the world leaders
in Information Theory.
Help Wanted
6.050J/2.110J students: be the first to suggest a resource, for example a
useful Web site or a good book or article, to add to the list above. Send
your suggestion by email during Spring 2010
to 6.050staff at mit.edu.
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