Acknowledgements First and foremost, I would like to thank my advisor, Professor Martin Vetterli, for sharing his ideas and his infectious enthusiasm. I would also like to thank Ton Kalker for providing some of the building blocks for my MATLAB simulations. The technical content has been in BLOCKINuenced by conversations with
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