A simple remedy for the exaggerated extrinsic information produced by the SOVA algorithm Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, we propose a novel and simple approach for dealing with the exaggerated extrinsic information produced by the soft-output Viterbi algorithm (SOVA). The proposed remedy is based on mathematical analysis and it involves using two attenuators, one applied to the immediate output of the SOVA and another applied to the extrinsic information before it is passed to the other decoder (assuming iterative decoding). The use of these attenuators aims at reducing the inherent strong correlation between the intrinsic information (input to the SOVA) and extrinsic information (output of the SOVA). We examine the modified SOVA (MSOVA) on additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) and flat fading channels for parallel concatenated codes (PCCs) and serial concatenated codes (SCCs). We show that the MSOVA provides substantial performance improvements over both channels. For example, it provides improvements of about 0.8 to 1.0 dB at Pb = 105in AWGN, and about 1.4 to 2.0 dB at Pb = 10-5on fading channels. We also show that there are cases where the MSOVA is superior to the a posteriori probability (APP) algorithm. With this motivation, we extend the proposed modification to the APP algorithm with favorable results. We demonstrate that the modified APP (MAPP) provides performance improvements between 0.3 to 0.6 dB at Pb 105relative to the APP. We lastly mention that the proposed modifications, while they provide considerable performance improvements, keep the complexity of these decoders almost the same, which is remarkable. 2006, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

author list (cited authors)

  • Huang, C. X., & Ghrayeb, A.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Huang, Chuan Xiu||Ghrayeb, A

publication date

  • May 2006