6.896 Course announcement
Prereq: 6.046, 6.045,
& Mathematical Maturity.
Time: MW 1:00-2:30pm
3-0-9 H-Level Grad Credit
Essential Coding Theory
This course introduces the theory of
error-correcting codes to computer scientists.
This theory, dating back to the works of Shannon and Hamming
from the late 40's, overflows with theorems, techniques, and
notions of interest to theoretical computer scientists.
The course will focus on results of asymptotic and algorithmic
significance. Principal topics include:
This course was offered as 6.897 in Fall 2001. See
for notes from that offering.
Other sources include:
Grading in this course will be based on four problem sets, scribe
work, and possibly one term paper.
Construction and existence results for error-correcting codes.
Limitations on the combinatorial performance of error-correcting
Applications in computer science.