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Next week starts my coding theory course and I am really looking forward to it.

Can anybody suggest to me good coding theory books? I've already taken a cryptography class last semester and I studied it with Handbook of Applied Cryptography by Alfred J. Menezes; I found it very useful. Is there a coding theory book like this with many examples?

Thank you in advance!

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    $\begingroup$ Usually the course tells you the required/recommended bibliography. Examples: MacKay (Information theory...), Lin Costello (Error control coding), Moreira-Farrel (Essentials of error-control coding), Neubauer-et-al (Coding theory), Richardson (Modern coding theory) $\endgroup$ – leonbloy Sep 12 '14 at 10:35
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Macwilliams and Sloane's The Theory of Error-Correcting Codes is excellent though its about 40 years old at this point, but everyone who is serious about coding theory needs to own this book.

A book I quite like that's more recent is R.M. Roth's Introduction to Coding Theory -- has a bit of a CS flavor to the approach. For engineering (esp. applications), I think Error correction coding by Moon is good.

For LDPC codes and the like, Richardson's Modern coding theory or Mackay's information theory book are good points to start from.

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I took a course last spring that was an introduction to Coding Theory and this was the textbook:

"A First Course in Coding Theory" By: Raymond Hill

It was a nice taste of single-error correcting codes and provided a strong foundation from which to build on. In addition, if you are looking for a book with many examples, this textbook has exercises at the end of every chapter and has answers to EVERY exercise in the back of the book.

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