Constructing orientable sequences

Chris J Mitchell, Peter R Wild

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This paper describes new, simple, recursive methods of construction for orientable sequences, i.e. periodic binary sequences in which any n-tuple occurs at most once in a period in either direction. As has been previously described, such sequences have potential applications in automatic position-location systems, where the sequence is encoded onto a surface and a reader needs only examine n consecutive encoded bits to determine its location and orientation on the surface. The only previously described method of construction (due to Dai et al.) is somewhat complex, whereas the new techniques are simple to both describe and implement. The methods of construction cover both the standard `infinite periodic' case, and also the aperiodic, finite sequence, case. Both the new methods build on the Lempel homomorphism, first introduced as a means of recursively generating de Bruijn sequences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4782-4789
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number7
Early online date17 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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