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In order to construct any linear code, we need classes that will
define our method of data storage. The basic storage units for
linear codes are vectors and matrices. Each code has a different
method for storing field elements in vectors, and then encoding or
decoding the vectors with certain kinds of matrices. In order to
define the different encoding methods, we also need static classes
that will provide methods for performing necessary operations on
vectors and matrices.

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Frederick Leitner
2004-09-01