Dispersion of the gilbert-elliott channel

Yury Polyanskiy, H. Vincent Poor, Sergio Verdii

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Channel dispersion plays a fundamental role in assessing the backoff from capacity due to finite blocklength. This paper analyzes the channel dispersion for a simple channel with memory: the Gilbert-Elliott communication model in which the crossover probability of a binary symmetric channel evolves as a binary symmetric Markov chain, with and without side information at the receiver about the channel state. With side information, although capacity is invariant to the chain dynamics, dispersion is shown to be the sum of two terms: due to the Markov chain dynamics and due to the the randomness in the error generation, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2009
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2009 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Jun 28 2009Jul 3 2009

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8102


Other2009 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2009
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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