An Outer Bound for Multiple Access Channels with Correlated Sources

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Executive Summary

The capacity region of the multiple access channel with correlated sources remains an open problem. Cover, El Gamal and Salehi gave an achievable region in the form of single-letter entropy and mutual information expressions, without a single-letter converse. Cover, El Gamal and Salehi also suggested a converse in terms of some n-letter mutual information, which are incomputable. The authors have proposed an upper bound for the sum rate of this channel in a single-letter expression, by utilizing a new necessary condition for the Markov chain constraint on the valid channel input distributions. In this paper, they extend their results from the sum rate to the entire capacity region.

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