Data-Driven Ensembles for Deep and Hard-Decision Hybrid Decoding

Tomer Raviv, Nir Raviv, Yair Be'ery

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Ensemble models are widely used to solve complex tasks by their decomposition into multiple simpler tasks, each one solved locally by a single member of the ensemble. Decoding of error-correction codes is a hard problem due to the curse of dimensionality, leading one to consider ensembles-of-decoders as a possible solution. Nonetheless, one must take complexity into account, especially in decoding. We suggest a low-complexity scheme where a single member participates in the decoding of each word. First, the distribution of feasible words is partitioned into non-overlapping regions. Thereafter, specialized experts are formed by independently training each member on a single region. A classical hard-decision decoder (HDD) is employed to map every word to a single expert in an injective manner. FER gains of up to 0.4dB at the waterfall region, and of 1.25dB at the error floor region are achieved for two BCH(63,36) and (63,45) codes with cycle-reduced parity-check matrices, compared to the previous best result of [1].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728164328
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Event2020 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2020 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 202026 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Conference2020 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles


  • Belief Propagation
  • Deep Learning
  • Ensembles
  • Error Correcting Codes
  • Machine-Learning


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