Information Theory and Network Coding 

by Raymond W. YeungThe Chinese University of Hong Kong

Springer, August 2008, 604 pp., US$ 64.95, ISBN 978-0-387-79233-0

Information Theory and Network Coding consists of two parts: Components of Information Theory and Fundamentals of Network Coding Theory.  Part I is a rigorous treatment of information theory for discrete and continuous systems.  In addition to the classical topics, there are such modern topics as the I-Measure, Shannon-type and non-Shannon-type information inequalities, and a fundamental relation between entropy and group theory.  With information theory as the foundation, Part II is a comprehensive treatment of network coding theory with detailed discussions on linear network codes, convolutional network codes, and multi-source network coding.

Other important features include:

  • Derivations that are from the first principle
  • A large number of examples throughout the book
  • Many original exercise problems
  • Easy-to-use chapter summaries
  • Two parts that can be used separately or together for a comprehensive course

Information Theory and Network Coding is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students in electrical engineering, computer science, and applied mathematics.  The book can also be used as a reference for professional engineers in the area of communications.

Besides The Chinese University of Hong Kong, this book and its predecessor have been used as a textbook at

Univ of AkronUniv of BelgradeBen-Gurion UBu-Ali Sina U, UC BerkeleyUC San DiegoUC Santa BarbraUC Santa CruzCaltechChina Agricultural U, ColumbiaCOMSATS Institute of TechnologyCornell, Tech Univ of CreteDresden University of TechnologyDrexel UnivUniv of Electronic Science and Technology of ChinaFerdowsi Univ of Mashhad, Gazi UnivUniv of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignIndian Institute of Tech GuwahatiIowa State Univ,  Isfahan Univ of TechnologyKansas State UnivUniv Federal de Minas GeraisUniv of Massachusetts AmherstKing Mongkut’s Univ of Technolgy,  KTH Royal Institute of Technology,  Louisiana State UnivMalek Ashtar Univ of Technology,Univ of Maryland, Baltimore CountyUniv of Massachusetts AmherstMichigan State UnivUniv of Nebraska-LincolnNational Chiao Tung UnivNational Institute of Tech Warangal, National Taiwan Univ of Science and TechnologySir Syed CASE Institute of Technology Islamabad, Technische Universitt MnchenUniv of Peloponnese, Occidental CollegePES UnivUniv of PortoPurdue UnivRWTH Aachen UnivS.R.M. Inst. of Sc. & TechnologyShanghaiTech UnivUniv of South Australia, Syracuse UnivUniv of TehranUniv of ThessalyTexas A&M, Univ of TurinPolytechnic U of TiranaTsinghua UnivUniv of VictoriaUniv of Washington, and Univ of Western Ontario

and as a reference book at

Air UnivBhagwant UnivUC IrvineUC RiversideUniv of Cape TownUniv of Central FloridaChalmers AsiaUniv of CopenhagenDelft Univ of TechTechnische Universitt Dresden, Centro de Estudos em TelecomunicaesETHUniv of GenevaGermany U in CairoImperial CollegeUniv of IncheonInformation and Communications UniversityInternational Institute of Information TechnologyUniv of IsfahanUniv of KansasLahore Univ of Management Sciences,  Linkping Institute of TechnologyMITUniv of MadeiraMcGill UnivUniv of MelbourneUniv of MinnesotaMissouri Univ of Science of TechUniv of MumbaiNanyang Technological UnivNational Taiwan Ocean UnivNational Taiwan UnivNational Tsing Hua UnivNew Jersey Institute of TechNew Mexico State UnivNortheastern UnivUniv of Notre DameUniv of Novi SadUniv of OklahomaUniv of PittsburgPohang Univ of Science & TechQueen’s UnivNational Institute of Tech RaipurUniv of RochesterShanghai Jiao Tong UnivSharif Univ of TechSimon Fraser UniversitySouth Methodist UnivStanfordTata Institute of Fundamental ResearchInstituto Tecnolgico de AeronuticaUniv of TorontoUniv of VirginiaWorcester Polytechnic InstituteXidian Univ, and Yuan Ze Univ.

The book has also been used for the MOOC on Information Theory offered by the author (Coursera, Spring 2014).

Solution manual available to course instructors upon request.  Please contact the author.  The author acknowledges the generous support of a research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2007 during which this book was written.