On Upper Bounds for Minimum Distance and Covering Radius of Non-binary Codes

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We consider upper bounds on two fundamental parameters of a code; minimum distance and covering radius. New upper bounds on the covering radius of non-binary linear codes are derived by generalizing a method due to S. Litsyn and A. Tietäväinen [11] and combining it with a new upper bound on the asymptotic information rate of non-binary codes. The upper bound on the information rate is an application of a shortening method of a code and is an analogue of the Shannon-Gallager-Berlekamp straight line bound on error probability. These results improve on the best presently known asymptotic upper bounds on minimum distance and covering radius of non-binary codes in certain intervals.

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