On unequal error protection LDPC codes based on plotkin-type constructions

Vidya Kumar, Olgica Milenkovic

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We introduce a new family of unequal error protection (UEP) codes, based on low-density parity-check (LDPC) component codes and Plotkin-type constructions. The codes are decoded iteratively in multiple stages, and the order of decoding determines the level of error protection. The level of UEP among the code bits is also influenced by the choice of the LDPC component codes and by some new reliability features incorporated into the decoding process. The proposed scheme offers a very good tradeoff between code performance on one side and encoding/decoding and storage complexity on the other side. The novel approach to UEP also allows for finding simple approximations for the achievable degrees of UEP, which can be used to govern practical code design implementations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)994-1005
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes
  • Plotkin construction
  • Unequal error protection (UEP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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