Loughborough University Institutional Repository On the Hamming distance of linear codes over a nite chain ring


Let R be a finite chain ring (e.g. a Galois ring), K its residue field and C a linear code over R. We prove that d(C), the Hamming distance of C, is d((C : α)), where (C : α) is a submodule quotient, α is a certain element of R and denotes the canonical projection to K. These two codes also have the same set of minimal codeword supports. We explicitly… (More)


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