Polar codes for broadcast channels

Naveen Goela, Emmanuel Abbe, Michael Gastpar

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Building on polar code constructions proposed by the authors for deterministic broadcast channels, two theorems are introduced in the present paper for noisy two-user broadcast channels. The theorems establish polar code constructions for two important information-theoretic broadcast strategies: (1) Cover's superposition strategy; (2) Marton's construction. One aspect of the polar code constructions is the alignment of polarization indices via constraints placed on the auxiliary and channel-input distributions. The codes achieve capacity-optimal rates for several classes of broadcast channels (e.g., binary-input stochastically degraded channels). Applying Arkan's original matrix kernel for polarization, it is shown that the average probability of error in decoding two private messages at the broadcast receivers decays as O(2 -nβ) where 0 < β < 1/2 and n is the code length. The encoding and decoding complexities remain O(n log n). The error analysis is made possible by defining new polar code ensembles for broadcast channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2013
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2013 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Jul 7 2013Jul 12 2013

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Other2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • Cover's superposition codes
  • Deterministic broadcast channel
  • Marton's construction
  • Polar codes


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