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### Error Correcting Codes and Finite Geometry

**Algebra & Discrete Mathematics**

Speaker: | Craig Timmons, CSU Sacramento |

Location: | 1147 MSB |

Start time: | Mon, May 9 2016, 4:10PM |

In this talk we will introduce error correcting codes. We will start with a simple example that was used by the Mariner 9 to transmit images of Mars to earth. Next, we will discuss a more sophisticated code that is constructed using finite geometry. This will be an example of a Low Density Parity Check code. These codes were discovered by Robert G. Gallager in the 1960's. The key ingredient in their construction is a sparse parity check matrix. One way to obtain such a matrix is from the incidence graph of a geometry which is where finite geometry enters the picture.