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Successive Refinement of Vector Sources Under Individual Distortion Criteria

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The successive refinement problem is extended to vector sources where individual distortion constraints are posed on each vector component. For vector Gaussian sources with squared-error distortion, a single-letter rate-distortion characterization is inherited from the previously studied Gaussian multiple descriptions problem with covariance distortion constraints. Though this characterization is amenable to well-known numerical convex optimization techniques, an analytical solution is difficult to obtain in full generality even for 2-D sources. In this paper, the special case of successive refinability is addressed analytically.

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