chapter  5
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The power of linearity

ByJohn Baylis

In the previous chapter we (deliberately) forgot that error-correcting codes were developed as a solution to a practical problem, and now we return to the practicalities. Honesty demands that I admit to doing this only to motivate the next bit of nice mathematics, but for readers interested in the hardware design of encoders and decoders there are many good books with more emphasis on these matters. Two such texts are [11] and [12].