Book:Dominic Welsh/Codes and Cryptography

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Dominic Welsh: Codes and Cryptography

Published $1988$, Oxford University Press

ISBN 0-19-853287-3.

Subject Matter


1. Entropy = Uncertainty = Information
1. Uncertainty
2. Entropy and its properties
3. Conditional entropy
4. Information
5. Conclusion
2. The noiseless coding theorem for memoryless sources
1. Memoryless sources
2. Instantaneous and uniquely decipherable codes
3. The Kraft-McMillan inequalities
4. The noiseless coding theorem for memoryless sources
5. Constructing compact codes
3. Communication through noisy channels
1. The discrete memoryless channel
2. Connecting the source to the channel
3. Codes and decoding rules
4. The capacity of a channel
5. The noisy coding theorem
6. Capacity is the bound to accurate communication
4. Error-correcting codes
1. The coding problem
2. The sphere-packing and Gilbert-Varshamov Bounds; perfect codes
3. Linear codes
4. Using linear codes
5. Minimum-distance decoding for linear codes
6. Binary Hamming codes
7. Cyclic codes
8. The Mariner code; Reed Muller codes
9. Conclusion
5. General sources
1. The entropy of a general source
2. Stationary sources
3. Typical messages of a memoryless source
4. Typical messages of general sources -- ergodicity
5. Markov sources
6. The coding theorems for ergodic sources
6. The structure of natural languages
1. English as a mathematical source
2. The entropy of English
3. Zipf's law and word entropy
4. The redundancy of a language
7. Cryptosystems
1. Basic principles
2. Breaking a cryptosystem
3. Equivocation and perfect secrecy
4. Combining cryptosystems
5. Unicity
6. Hellman's extension of linear shift-register sequences
7. Conclusion
8. The one-time pad and linear shift-register sequences
1. The one-time pad
2. Linear shift-register sequences
3. The insecurity of linear shift-register sequences
4. Generating cyclic codes
9. Computational complexity
1. The intrinsic difficulty of a problem: examples
2. P = Polynomial time
3. NP = Nondeterministic Polynomial time
4. NP-complete/hard problems
5. Circuit complexity
6. Randomized algorithms
7. Effective versus intractable computations
10. One-way functions
1. Informal approach: the password problem
2. Using NP-hard problems as cryptosystems
3. The Data Encryption Standard (DES)
4. The discrete logarithm
5. Using the discrete logarithm to solve the key-distribution problem
6. A cryptosystem with no keys
7. On the difficulty of factoring and taking discrete logarithms
11. Public key cryptosystems
1. The idea of a trapdoor function
2. The Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA) system
3. Knapsack-based systems
4. A public-key system as intractable as factoring
5. A public-key system based on the discrete logarithm
6. Error-correcting codes as a public-key system
12. Authentication and digital signatures
1. Introduction
2. Authentication in a communication system
3. Signature schemes based on conventional cryptosystems
4. Using public key networks to send signed messages
5. Faster signatures but less privacy
6. Attacks and cracks in trapdoor signature schemes
13. Randomized encryption
1. Introduction
2. Semantic security and the Goldwasser-Micali scheme
3. Cryptographically secure pseudo-random numbers
4. Wyner's wiretap channel
5. Effective entropy
1. Proof of the uniqueness theorem that $H = -\sum p_i \log p_i$
2. Letter frequencies of English
Answers to exercises
Answers and hints to problems