Can Negligihle Cooperation Increase Capacity? the Average-Error Case

Parham Noorzad, Michelle Effros, Michael Langberg

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In communication networks, cooperative strategies are coding schemes where network nodes work together to improve network performance metrics such as sum-rate. This work studies encoder cooperation in the setting of a discrete multiple access channel with two encoders and a single decoder. A node in the network that is connected to both encoders via rate-limited links, referred to as the cooperation facilitator (CF), enables the cooperation strategy. Previously, the authors presented a class of multiple access channels where the average-error sum-capacity has an infinite derivative in the limit where CF output link capacities approach zero. The authors also demonstrated that for some channels, the maximal-error sum-capacity is not continuous at the point where the output link capacities of the CF equal zero. This work shows that the average-error sum-capacity is continuous when CF output link capacities converge to zero; that is, the infinite derivative of the average-error sum-capacity is not a result of its discontinuity as in the maximal-error case.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781538647806
StatePublished - 15 Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2018 - Vail, United States
Duration: 17 Jun 201822 Jun 2018

Publication series

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


Conference2018 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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  • Continuity
  • Cooperation facilitator
  • Edge removal problem
  • Maximal-error capacity region
  • Multiple access channel


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