On the Necessity of Binning for the Distributed HT Problem

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Conference Paper


IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Hong-Kong (2015)


A distributed hypothesis testing (HT) problem is considered, comprising two nodes and a unidirectional communication link. The receiving node is required to make a decision as to the probability distribution in effect. A binning process is used in order to minimize the probability of error, resulting in a new achievable error-exponent. A sub-class of HT problems with general hypotheses is defined, which contains many interesting and relevant problems. The advantage of the binning strategy in comparison to the non-binning approach is demonstrated by means of a binary symmetric example.

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