Conference Paper

Index Coding with Side Information

Dept. of Electr. Eng., Technion-Israel Inst. of Technol., Haifa
DOI: 10.1109/FOCS.2006.42 Conference: Foundations of Computer Science, 2006. FOCS '06. 47th Annual IEEE Symposium on
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