Rate-Distortion Theory

  • Raymond W. Yeung
Part of the Information Technology: Transmission, Processing and Storage book series (PSTE)


Let H be the entropy rate of an information source. By the source coding theorem, it is possible to design a source code with rate R which reconstructs the source sequence X = (X1, X2, …, X n ) with an arbitrarily small probability of error provided R > H and the block length n is sufficiently large. However, there are situations in which we want to convey an information source by a source code with rate less than H. Then we are motivated to ask: what is the best we can do when R < H?


Source Code Information Source Distortion Measure Entropy Rate Source Sequence 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond W. Yeung
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  1. 1.The Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong

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