Generalized Cut-Set Bounds for Broadcast Networks
A broadcast network is a classical network with all source messages collocated at a single source node. For broadcast networks, the standard cut-set bounds, which are known to be loose in general, are closely related to union as a specific set operation to combine the basic cuts of the network. This paper provides a new set of network coding bounds for general broadcast networks. These bounds combine the basic cuts of the network via a variety of set operations (not just the union) and are established via only the sub modularity of Shannon entropy. The tightness of these bounds is demonstrated via applications to combination networks.