Codes and Invariant Theory

Research paper by Gabriele Nebe, E. M. Rains, N. J. A. Sloane

Indexed on: 04 Nov '03Published on: 04 Nov '03Published in: Mathematics - Number Theory


The main theorem in this paper is a far-reaching generalization of Gleason's theorem on the weight enumerators of codes which applies to arbitrary-genus weight enumerators of self-dual codes defined over a large class of finite rings and modules. The proof of the theorem uses a categorical approach, and will be the subject of a forthcoming book. However, the theorem can be stated and applied without using category theory, and we illustrate it here by applying it to generalized doubly-even codes over fields of characteristic 2, doubly-even codes over the integers modulo a power of 2, and self-dual codes over the noncommutative ring $\F_q + \F_q u$, where $u^2 = 0$..