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Short Huffman Codes Producing 1s Half of the Time

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Executive Summary

The design of the channel part of a digital communication system (e.g., error correction, modulation) is heavily based on the assumption that the data to be transmitted forms a fair bit stream. However, simple source encoders such as short Huffman codes generate bit streams that poorly match this assumption. As a result, the channel input distribution does not match the original design criteria. In this paper, a simple method called HALF Huffman Coding (HALFHC) is developed. HALFHC transforms a Huffman code into a source code whose output is more similar to a fair bit stream. This is achieved by permuting the codewords such that the frequency of 1s at the output is close to 0.5.

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