Using the Bhattacharyya Parameter for Design and Analysis of Cooperative Wireless Systems
A simplified method of analysis and design based on the Bhattacharyya Parameter (BP) in conjunction with the union bound and weight enumeration is presented for relay channels using coded cooperation. This method is particularly suitable for low-complexity relay systems employing demodulate-and-forward, focusing on the problems of relay selection and outage analysis. These applications are chosen to illustrate the use of the BP in scenarios where analytical solutions are otherwise unattainable. In terms of relay selection, it is shown that BP-based relay selection has essentially the same performance as density evolution, though with much lower complexity. It is further shown that BP-based relay selection can be applied to fractional cooperation, where each relay only forwards a fraction of the source codeword.