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I want to study coding theory, but I don't know any text book about. Can anyone indicate to me some book? I'm in the last year of undergraduate mathematics course, so I would of a basic book, but that provides to me an experience in this field.

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Searching for questions tagged coding-theory+reference-request yields two questions, which seem related (but not identical): Cryptography and Coding Theory and Good textbooks for lattice and coding theory. – Martin Sleziak Jul 29 '13 at 10:40
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Peruse them online and see if they agree with you, they are not in any particular order and I may have missed a couple.

  • A First Course in Coding Theory by Raymond Hill
  • Information and Coding Theory by Gareth A. Jones and J.Mary Jones
  • Introduction to Coding and Information Theory by Steven Roman
  • Introduction to Coding Theory by Ron Roth
  • Introduction to Coding Theory by Juergen Bierbrauer
  • Coding Theory: A First Course by San Ling and Chaoping Xing
  • Introduction to Coding Theory by Van Lint, J. H.
  • Coding Theory and Cryptography: The Essentials, Second Edition by D.C. Hankerson, Gary Hoffman, D.A. Leonard and Charles C. Lindner

Note: there are also graduate level books in this area.

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  • Try your local college library and see if you find others that suit you and your needs
  • Search for introductory course materials and notes online
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All those resources deserve a TU! – amWhy Jul 27 '13 at 21:54

Another nice resource which IIRC has a decent amount of coding theory is the excellent Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms by David MacKay. It's a published book but it is also available online at

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It should be noted that this book does only graph-based codes, not algebraic constructions. It is a nice book which hodge podges a bunch of topics at a high level. – Batman Apr 30 '15 at 16:14

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