Capacity of Finite State Channels with Feedback: Algorithmic and Optimization Theoretic Properties [article]

Andrea Grigorescu, Holger Boche, Rafael F. Schaefer, H. Vincent Poor
2022 arXiv   pre-print
The capacity of finite state channels (FSCs) with feedback has been shown to be a limit of a sequence of multi-letter expressions. Despite many efforts, a closed-form single-letter capacity characterization is unknown to date. In this paper, the feedback capacity is studied from a fundamental algorithmic point of view by addressing the question of whether or not the capacity can be algorithmically computed. To this aim, the concept of Turing machines is used, which provides fundamental
more » ... ce limits of digital computers. It is shown that the feedback capacity of FSCs is not Banach-Mazur computable and therefore not Borel-Turing computable. As a consequence, it is shown that either achievability or converse is not Banach-Mazur computable, which means that there are computable FSCs for which it is impossible to find computable tight upper and lower bounds. Furthermore, it is shown that the feedback capacity cannot be characterized as the maximization of a finite-letter formula of entropic quantities.
arXiv:2201.11639v2 fatcat:wjhawnjkcjh5zg7fyavsp4t53q