@article{13269,
abstract = {This paper is a collection of results on combinatorial properties of codes for the Z-channel . A Z-channel with error fraction τ takes as input a length- n binary codeword and injects in an adversarial manner up to n τ asymmetric errors, i.e., errors that only zero out bits but do not flip 0’s to 1’s. It is known that the largest ( L - 1)-list-decodable code for the Z-channel with error fraction τ has exponential size (in n ) if τ is less than a critical value that we call the ( L - 1)- list-decoding Plotkin point and has constant size if τ is larger than the threshold. The ( L -1)-list-decoding Plotkin point is known to be L -1/L-1 – L -L/ L-1 , which equals 1/4 for unique-decoding with L -1 = 1. In this paper, we derive various results for the size of the largest codes above and below the list-decoding Plotkin point. In particular, we show that the largest ( L -1)-list-decodable code ε-above the Plotkin point, for any given sufficiently small positive constant ε > 0, has size Θ L (ε -3/2 ) for any L - 1 ≥ 1. We also devise upper and lower bounds on the exponential size of codes below the list-decoding Plotkin point.},
author = {Polyanskii, Nikita and Zhang, Yihan},
issn = {1557-9654},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Information Theory},
number = {10},
pages = {6340--6357},
publisher = {Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers},
title = {{Codes for the Z-channel}},
doi = {10.1109/TIT.2023.3292219},
volume = {69},
year = {2023},
}