Coding theory, sometimes called Algebraic Coding Theory, deals with the design of Error-Correcting Codes for the reliable transmission of information across noisy channels. It makes use of classical and modern algebraic techniques involving Finite Fields, Group Theory, and polynomial algebra. It has connections with other areas of Discrete Mathematics, especially Number Theory and the theory of experimental designs.

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