Neural Network Aided Path Splitting Strategy for Polar Successive Cancellation List Decoding

Bin Dai, Chenyu Gao, Francis C.M. Lau, Yulong Zou

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Combined with the path splitting selecting (PSS) strategy, the successive cancellation list (SCL) decoder achieves a lower decoding complexity without any performance loss. The main purpose of the PSS strategy is to select fewer non-frozen bits to perform the path splitting and pruning operations. To make the selection more efficient, a neural network aided path splitting selecting strategy is proposed in this paper. In the proposed method, the path splitting is seen as a classification problem. With the help of the neural network, the proposed method can precisely locate the non-frozen bits which are needed to be split. Simulation results verify that the proposed method can reduce the sorting complexity (which is equal to the number of path splitting) without any performance loss.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10049489
Pages (from-to)9597-9601
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023


  • Artificial neural networks
  • Complexity theory
  • Maximum likelihood decoding
  • neural network
  • Neurons
  • path splitting
  • Polar codes
  • Reliability
  • Sorting
  • successive cancellation list (SCL) decoding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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