Iterative maximum-likelihood sequence estimation for space-time coded systems Academic Article uri icon


  • In recent work on decoding space-time codes, it is either assumed that perfect channel state information (CSI) is present, or a channel estimate is obtained using pilot symbols and then used as if it were perfect to extract symbol estimates. In the latter case, a loss in performance is incurred, since the resulting overall receiver is not optimal. In this letter, we look at maximum-likelihood (ML) sequence estimation for space-time coded systems without assuming CSI. The log-likelihood function is presented for both quasi-static and nonstatic fading channels, and an expectation-maximization (EM)-based algorithm is introduced for producing ML data estimates, whose complexity is much smaller than a direct evaluation of the log-likelihood function. Simulation results indicate the EM-based algorithm achieves a performance close to that of a receiver which knows the channel perfectly.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Li, Y. X., Georghiades, C. N., & Huang, G.

citation count

  • 62

complete list of authors

  • Li, YX||Georghiades, CN||Huang, G

publication date

  • January 2001