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In this contribution, the authors propose a novel Distributed Source-coding, Channel-coding and Modulation (DSCM) scheme for cooperative communications. The proposed DSCM scheme is designed for ensuring the decoding convergence of its constituent component codes, namely, the Variable Length Code (VLC) and two Coded Modulation (CM) schemes. The source node encodes the source symbols with the aid of a serially-concatenated VLC and a Turbo Trellis Coded Modulation (TTCM) scheme. The TTCM-VLC encoded symbols are transmitted to both a relay node and to the destination node during the first transmission period. The relay node employs a powerful iterative TTCM-VLC decoder for estimating the VLC-encoded bit sequence.
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