Locally testable and locally correctable codes approaching the gilbert-varshamov bound

Sivakanth Gopi, Swastik Kopparty, Rafael Oliveira, Noga Ron-Zewi, Shubhangi Saraf

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Abstract

One of the most important open problems in the theory of error-correcting codes is to determine the tradeoff between the rate R and minimum distance δ of a binary code. The best known tradeoff is the Gilbert-Varshamov bound, and says that for every δϵ (0; 1=2), there are codes with minimum distance δ and rate R = RGV(δ) > 0 (for a certain simple function RGV(.)). In this paper we show that the Gilbert-Varshamov bound can be achieved by codes which support local error-detection and error- correction algorithms. Specifically, we show the following results. 1. Local Testing: For all δϵ (0; 1=2) and all R < RGV(δ), there exist codes with length n, rate R and minimum distance that are locally testable with quasipolylog(n) query complexity. 2. Local Correction: For all ϵ > 0, for all δ < 1=2 sufficiently large, and all R < (1 - ϵ)RGV(δ), there exist codes with length n, rate R and minimum distance that are locally correctable from δ 2 - o(1) fraction errors with O(nϵ) query complexity. Furthermore, these codes have an efficient randomized construction, and the local testing and local correction algorithms can be made to run in time polynomial in the query complexity. Our results on locally correctable codes also immediately give locally decodable codes with the same parameters. Our local testing result is obtained by combining Thommesen's random concatenation technique and the best known locally testable codes from [KMRS16]. Our local correction result, which is significantly more in- volved, also uses random concatenation, along with a number of further ideas: The Guruswami-Sudan-Indyk list decoding strategy for concatenated codes, Alon- Edmonds-Luby distance ampliffication, and the local list- decodability, local list-recoverability and local testability of Reed-Muller codes. Curiously, our final local correction algorithms go via local list-decoding and local testing al- gorithms; this seems to be the first time local testability is used in the construction of a locally correctable code.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication28th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2017
EditorsPhilip N. Klein
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages2073-2091
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781611974782
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2017 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 16 Jan 201719 Jan 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms
Volume0

Conference

Conference28th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2017
Country/TerritorySpain
CityBarcelona
Period16/01/1719/01/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Mathematics (all)

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