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A description of the Huffman source encoding algorithm.

One particular source coding algorithm is the Huffman encoding algorithm. It is a source coding algorithm which approaches, and sometimes achieves, Shannon's bound forsource compression. A brief discussion of the algorithm is also given in another module .

Huffman encoding algorithm

  • Sort source outputs in decreasing order of their probabilities
  • Merge the two least-probable outputs into a single output whose probability is the sum of the corresponding probabilities.
  • If the number of remaining outputs is more than 2, then go to step 1.
  • Arbitrarily assign 0 and 1 as codewords for the two remaining outputs.
  • If an output is the result of the merger of two outputs in a preceding step, append the current codeword with a 0 and a 1 toobtain the codeword the the preceding outputs and repeat step 5. If no output is preceded by another output in a preceding step, thenstop.

X A B C D with probabilities { 1 2 , 1 4 , 1 8 , 1 8 }

Average length 1 2 1 1 4 2 1 8 3 1 8 3 14 8 . As you may recall, the entropy of the source was also H X 14 8 . In this case, the Huffman code achieves the lower bound of 14 8 bits output .

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In general, we can define average code length as

x x X p X x x
where X is the set of possible values of x .

It is not very hard to show that

H X H X 1
For compressing single source output at a time, Huffman codes provide nearly optimum code lengths.

The drawbacks of Huffman coding

  • Codes are variable length.
  • The algorithm requires the knowledge of the probabilities, p X x for all x X .
Another powerful source coder that does not have the aboveshortcomings is Lempel and Ziv.

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