Generalized minimum distance functions [article]

Manuel Gonzalez-Sarabia, Jose Martínez-Bernal, Rafael H. Villarreal, Carlos E. Vivares
2018 arXiv   pre-print
Using commutative algebra methods we study the generalized minimum distance function (gmd function) and the corresponding generalized footprint function of a graded ideal in a polynomial ring over a field. The number of solutions that a system of homogeneous polynomials has in any given finite set of projective points is expressed as the degree of a graded ideal. If X is a set of projective points over a finite field and I is its vanishing ideal, we show that the gmd function and the
more » ... function of I are equal to the r-th generalized Hamming weight of the corresponding Reed-Muller-type code C_X(d) of degree d. We show that the generalized footprint function of I is a lower bound for the r-th generalized Hamming weight of C_X(d). Then we present some applications to projective nested cartesian codes. To give applications of our lower bound to algebraic coding theory, we show an interesting integer inequality. Then we show an explicit formula and a combinatorial formula for the second generalized Hamming weight of an affine cartesian code.
arXiv:1707.03285v4 fatcat:n5gcighy35evrogdrsnckvpazm