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Notes on Coding Theory - J.I.hall

Notes on Coding Theory - J.I.hall

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Notes on Coding Theory
J.I.HallDepartment of MathematicsMichigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MI 48824 USA3 January 2003
2001-2003 Jonathan I. Hall
These notes were written over a period of years as part of an advanced under-graduate/beginning graduate course on Algebraic Coding Theory at MichiganState University. They were originally intended for publication as a book, butthat seems less likely now. The material here remains interesting, important,and useful; but, given the dramatic developments in coding theory during thelast ten years, signi
cant extension would be needed.The oldest sections are in the Appendix and are over ten years old, while thenewest are in the last two chapters and have been written within the last year.The long time frame means that terminology and notation may vary somewhatfrom one place to another in the notes. (For instance,
, and
all denotea
eld with
elements, for
a prime.)There is also some material that would need to be added to any publishedversion. This includes the graphs toward the end of Chapter 2, an index, andin-line references. You will
nd on the next page a list of the reference booksthat I have found most useful and helpful as well as a list of introductory books(of varying emphasis, di
culty, and quality).These notes are not intended for broad distribution. If you want to use them inany way, please contact me.Please feel free to contact me with any remarks, suggestions, or corrections:
For the near future, I will try to keep an up-to-date version on my web page:
Jonathan I. Hall3 August 2001The notes were partially revised in 2002. A new chapter on weight enumerationwas added, and parts of the algebra appendix were changed. Some typos were
xed, and other small corrections were made in the rest of the text. I particularlythank Susan Loepp and her Williams College students who went through thenotes carefully and made many helpful suggestions.iii

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