(19)
(11)EP 2 587 480 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION
published in accordance with Art. 153(4) EPC

(43)Date of publication:
01.05.2013 Bulletin 2013/18

(21)Application number: 11797568.0

(22)Date of filing:  31.05.2011
(51)Int. Cl.: 
G10L 19/10  (2013.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/CN2011/074999
(87)International publication number:
WO 2011/160537 (29.12.2011 Gazette  2011/52)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 24.06.2010 CN 201010213451

(71)Applicant: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Shenzhen, Guangdong 518129 (CN)

(72)Inventors:
  • MA, Fuwei
    Guangdong 518129 (CN)
  • ZHANG, Dejun
    Guangdong 518129 (CN)

(74)Representative: Kreuz, Georg Maria 
Huawei Technologies Dessauerstrasse 3
80992 Munich
80992 Munich (DE)

  


(54)PULSE ENCODING AND DECODING METHOD AND PULSE CODEC


(57) In a pulse encoding and decoding method and a pulse codec, more than two tracks are jointly encoded, so that free codebook space in the situation of single track encoding can be combined during joint encoding to become code bits that may be saved. Furthermore, a pulse that is on each track and required to be encoded is combined according to positions, and the number of positions having pulses, distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track, and the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse are encoded separately, so as to avoid separate encoding performed on multiple pulses of a same position, thereby further saving code bits.




Description


[0001] This application claims priority to Chinese Patent Application No. 201010213451.5, filed with the Chinese Patent Office on June 24, 2010 and entitled "PULSE ENCODING AND DECODING METHOD AND PULSE CODEC", which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION



[0002] The present invention relates to a pulse encoding and decoding method and a pulse codec.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



[0003] In vector encoding technologies, an algebraic codebook is often used to perform quantization encoding on a residual signal after adaptive filtering. After position and symbol information of an optimal algebraic codebook pulse on a track is obtained through searching, a corresponding index value is obtained through encoding calculation, so that a decoding end can reconstruct a pulse sequence according to the index value. In a precondition that lossless reconstruction is ensured, bits required by a code index value are reduced as much as possible, which is one of major objectives of research and development of algebraic codebook pulse encoding methods.

[0004] A preferred encoding method, namely, the adaptive multi-rate wideband (AMR_WB+, Adaptive Multi-Rate Wideband) encoding method in speech encoding is taken as an example below to illustrate a specific encoding method adopted by an existing algebraic codebook pulse. According to different code bit rates, 1 to N pulses may be encoded on each track. It is assumed that each track has M = 2m positions, in the AMR_WB+, processes of encoding 1 to 6 pulses on each track are respectively described as follows:

① One pulse is encoded on each track.



[0005] Each track has 2m positions, therefore on each track, a position index of the pulse requires m bits for encoding, and a symbol index of the pulse requires 1 bit for encoding. An index value of 1 pulse with a symbol is encoded as:


where p∈[0, 2m-1] is the position index of the pulse; s is the symbol index of the pulse; when a pulse symbol is positive, s is set as 0, and when the pulse symbol is negative, s is set as 1; I1p∈[0, 2m+1-1].

[0006] The number of bits required for encoding 1 pulse on each track is: m + 1.

② Two pulses are encoded on each track.



[0007] According to the result of ①, m + 1 bits are required for encoding 1 pulse on each track, and encoding a position index of the other pulse requires m bits. Because there is no special requirement for order of the pulses, a value relationship obtained by arraying position indexes of the pulses may be used to indicate a symbol of the other pulse. An index value of 2 pulses is encoded as:


where p0, p1∈[0, 2m-1] are the position indexes of the 2 pulses respectively; s is a symbol index of a pulse p0; a specific symbol indication rule of a pulse p1 is: p0 < p1 indicates that 2 pulse symbols are the same, p0 > p1 indicates that 2 pulse symbols are opposite to each other; I2p∈[0, 22m+1-1].

[0008] The number of bits required for encoding 2 pulses on each track is: 2m + 1.

③ Three pulses are encoded on each track.



[0009] Each track is divided into two sections: Section A and Section B. Each section individually includes 2m-1 positions. A certain section includes at least 2 pulses. According to the result of ②, 2 × (m - 1) + 1 = 2m - 1 bits are required for encoding the section. Another pulse is searched for on the whole track, and according to the result of ①, m + 1 bits are required. In addition, 1 bit is further required to indicate the section including 2 pulses. An index value of 3 pulses is encoded as:


where k is an index of the Section; I3p∈[0, 23m+1-1].

[0010] The number of bits required for encoding 3 pulses on each track is: 3m + 1.

④ Four pulses are encoded on each track.



[0011] Each track is divided into two sections: Section A and Section B. Each section individually includes 2m-1 positions. Combinations of the numbers of pulses included in each section are as shown in the following table.
TypeThe number of pulses in Section AThe number of pulses in Section BRequired bits
0 0 4 4m - 3
1 1 3 4m - 2
2 2 2 4m - 2
3 3 1 4m - 2
4 4 0 4m - 3


[0012] In the foregoing table, bases of the required bits corresponding to each type are: For type 0 and type 4, in a section having 4 pulses, the method similar to that of ③ is adopted, but the number of pulses for overall searching is 2, which is equivalent to I2p(m - 2) + k × 22m-3 + I2p(m - 1) × 22m-2; for type 1, it is equivalent to I1p(m - 1) + I3p(m - 1) × 2m; for type 2, it is equivalent to I2p(m - 1) + I2p(m - 1) × 22m-1; and for type 3, it is equivalent to I3p(m - 1) + I1p(m - 1) × 23m-2.

[0013] Type 0 and type 4 are regarded as a possible situation, and types 1 to 3 each are regarded as a situation, so that totally there are 4 situations, therefore 2 bits are required to indicate corresponding situations, and types 1 to 3 each require 4m - 2 + 2 = 4m bits. Furthermore, for the situation including type 0 and type 4, 1 bit is further required for distinction, so that type 0 and type 4 require 4m - 3 + 2 + 1 = 4m bits.

[0014] The number of bits required for encoding 4 pulses on each track is: 4m.

⑤ Five pulses are encoded on each track.



[0015] Each track is divided into two sections: Section A and Section B. Each section individually includes 2m-1 positions. A certain section includes at least 3 pulses. According to the result of ③, 3 × (m - 1) + 1 = 3m - 2 bits are required for encoding the section. The other two pulses are searched for on the whole track, and according to the result of ②, 2m + 1 bits are required. In addition, 1 bit is further required to indicate the section including 3 pulses. An index value of 5 pulses is encoded as:



[0016] The number of bits required for encoding 5 pulses on each track is: 5m.

⑥ Six pulses are encoded on each track.



[0017] Each track is divided into two sections: Section A and Section B. Each section individually includes 2m-1 positions. Combinations of the numbers of pulses included in each section are as shown in the following table.
TypeThe number of pulses in Section AThe number of pulses in Section BRequired bits
0 0 6 6m - 5
1 1 5 6m - 5
2 2 4 6m - 5
3 3 3 6m - 4
4 4 2 6m - 5
5 5 1 6m - 5
6 6 0 6m - 5


[0018] In the foregoing table, bases of the required bits corresponding to each type may be deduced according to ④, which is not repeatedly described.

[0019] Types 0 and 6, types 1 and 5, types 2 and 4 are each regarded as a possible situation, and type 3 is separately regarded as a situation, so that totally there are 4 situations, therefore 2 bits are required to indicate corresponding situations, and type 3 requires 6m - 4 + 2 = 6m - 2 bits. For those situations including combined types, 1 bit is further required for distinction, so that other types, except for type 3, require 6m - 5 + 2 + 1 = 6m - 2 bits.

[0020] The number of bits required for encoding 6 pulses on each track is: 6m - 2.

[0021] In the process of proposing the present invention, the inventor finds that: In the algebraic pulse encoding method provided by the AMR_WB+, encoding logic similar to recursion is adopted, a situation in which the number of encoded pulses is relatively large is divided into several situations in which the number of encoded pulses is relatively small for processing, therefore calculation is complicated, and meanwhile, as the number of encoded pulses on the track increases, redundancy of code indexes accumulates gradually, which easily causes waste of code bits.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



[0022] Embodiments of the present invention provide a pulse encoding method which is capable of saving code bits.

[0023] A pulse encoding method includes: obtaining pulses that are on T tracks and required to be encoded, where T is an integer greater than or equal to 2; separately collecting, according to positions, statistics about a pulse that is on each track and required to be encoded, to obtain the number Nt of positions that have pulses on each track, distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track, and the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse, where the subscript t represents a tth track, and t∈[0, T-1]; according to the number {N0, N1 ..., NT-1} of positions that have pulses and are on each track, determining a first index I1, where the first index corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on each track under the number of the positions having pulses, where the number of the positions having pulses is represented by it; determining a second index I2t of each track separately according to distribution of the positions that have pulses on each track, where the second index indicates, among all possible distribution situations corresponding to the first index, a distribution situation which corresponds to distribution of current positions having pulses on a corresponding track; determining a third index I3t of each track separately according to the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse and is on each track; and generating a code index Ind, where the code index includes information of the first index and the second and third indexes of each track.

[0024] Another pulse encoding method includes: obtaining pulses that are on T tracks and required to be encoded, where T is an integer greater than or equal to 2; separately collecting, according to positions, statistics about a pulse that is on each track and required to be encoded, to obtain the number Nt of positions that have pulses on each track, distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track, and the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse, where the subscript t represents a tth track, and t∈[0, T-1]; according to the number of positions that have pulses and are on each track, determining a first index I1t of each track, where the first index I1t corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on the track under the number of the positions having pulses, where the number of the positions having pulses is represented by it; determining a second index I2t of each track separately according to distribution of the positions that have pulses on each track, where the second index indicates, among all possible distribution situations corresponding to the first index, a distribution situation which corresponds to distribution of current positions having pulses and is on the track; determining a third index I3t of each track separately according to the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse and is on each track; and generating a code index Ind, where the code index includes information of the first, second, and third indexes of each track.

[0025] Embodiments of the present invention further provide a corresponding pulse decoding method, and a corresponding pulse encoder and decoder.

[0026] In the embodiments of the present invention, more than two tracks are jointly encoded, so that free codebook space in the situation of single track encoding can be combined during joint encoding to become code bits that may be saved. Furthermore, a pulse that is on each track and required to be encoded is combined according to positions, and the number of positions having pulses, distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track, and the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse are encoded separately, so as to avoid separate encoding performed on multiple pulses of a same position, thereby further saving code bits.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0027] 

FIG. 1 is a schematic flow chart of an encoding method according to Embodiment 1 of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of pulse position mapping according to Embodiment 1 of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a schematic flow chart of an encoding method according to Embodiment 2 of the present invention;

FIG. 4 is a schematic flow chart of an encoding method according to Embodiment 3 of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a schematic diagram of track pulse superposition according to Embodiment 4 of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a schematic diagram of indexes of pulse distribution tracks according to Embodiment 4 of the present invention;

FIG. 7 is a schematic flow chart of a decoding method according to Embodiment 5 of the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a schematic flow chart of a decoding method according to Embodiment 6 of the present invention;

FIG. 9 is a schematic flow chart of a decoding method according to Embodiment 7 of the present invention;

FIG. 10 is a schematic diagram of a logical structure of an encoder according to Embodiment 8 of the present invention; and

FIG. 11 is a schematic diagram of a logical structure of a decoder according to Embodiment 9 of the present invention.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS



[0028] An embodiment of the present invention provides a pulse encoding method, in which more than two tracks are jointly encoded to save code bits. Embodiments of the present invention further provide a corresponding pulse decoding method and a pulse codec. Descriptions are respectively provided below in detail.

[0029] In a speech encoder, information of positions and symbols (if involved) of all pulses on each track are obtained through codebook searching. The information needs to be transferred to a decoding end completely, so that the decoding end can uniquely recover the information of positions and symbols (if involved) of all the pulses. Meanwhile, in order to decrease a bit rate as much as possible, it is expected that bits as less as possible are used to transfer the information.

[0030] It may be known through theoretical analysis that, the number of permutations and combinations of positions and symbols (if involved) of all pulses on a same track is a minimum value of codebook space, and the corresponding number of code bits is a theoretical lower limit value. The total number of positions on a track and the total number of pulses on the track are specific. For situations in which the total number of positions on a track and the total number of pulses on the track have different values, the number of permutations and combinations of positions and symbols of all pulses is not always an integer power of 2, therefore the theoretical lower limit value of the number of code bits is not always an integer, and in this case, the actual number of code bits of single-track encoding is at least the integer part of the theoretical lower limit value plus 1, which inevitably causes part of the codebook space to be free. For example, Table 1 provides a theoretical lower limit value and an actual lower limit value of the number of code bits and situation of free space when the total number N of pulses required to be encoded is 1 to 6 on a track with the total number of positions being 16.
Table 1
NThe Total Number of Permutations and CombinationsThe Number of Required Bits (bit)The Number of Free CombinationsProportion of the Free
Theoretical Lower Limit ValueActual Lower Limit Value of Single-track Encoding
1 32 5 5 0 0
2 512 9 9 0 0
3 5472 12.4179 13 2720 33.2%
4 44032 15.4263 16 21504 32.8%
5 285088 18.1210 19 239200 45.6%
6 1549824 20.5637 21 547328 26.1%


[0031] It may be seen from Table 1 that, in most situations, the actual lower limit value may still incur great waste of the codebook space, therefore the present invention proposes that, joint encoding is performed on more than two tracks, and in this way, free codebook space in single-track encoding may be combined, and once combined free space is sufficient, 1 actual code bit may be reduced. Obviously, for tracks of a same type (both the total numbers of positions on the tracks and the total numbers of pulses on the tracks are the same), if only joint encoding is performed on K tracks, 1 code bit may be saved, K ≥ 1/(1 - kk), where kk is fractional part of a theoretical lower limit value of the single-track encoding. For example, for tracks with kk being smaller than 0.5, such as the tracks that are in Table 1 and with the total number of pulses being 3, 4, and 5, joint encoding of two together may save 1 code bit. For the tracks that are in Table 1 and with the total number of pulses being 6, joint encoding of three together may save 1 code bit. Definitely, joint encoding of tracks of different types may also achieve a same effect, and if only a sum of kks of 2 tracks is smaller than 1, or a sum of kks of 3 tracks is smaller than 2, 1 bit may be saved; obviously, if a sum of kks of 3 tracks is smaller than 1, 2 bits may be saved, and on the rest can be deduced by analogy. Table 2 provides a comparison between joint encoding of 2 tracks of a same type and single-track encoding (it is taken into account that a pulse has a symbol), where the total number of positions on the track is 16, and the total number N of pulses required to be encoded is 3 to 5.
Table 2


 
The Number of Permutations and Combinations from Joining 2 TracksActual Lower Limit Value of Encoding of 2 Single TracksActual Lower Limit Value of Joint Encoding of 2 Tracks
3 5472 × 5472 26 25
4 44032 × 44032 32 31
5 285088 × 285088 38 37


[0032] Table 3 provides a comparison between joint encoding of 2 to 3 tracks of different types and single-track encoding (it is taken into account that a pulse has a symbol), where the total number of positions on the track is 16, and the total number

of pulses required to be encoded is 3 to 5.
Table 3
Joint mode

 
The Number of Permutations and Combinations of Single TracksActual Lower Limit Value of Single-track EncodingActual Lower Limit Value of Joint Encoding of Tracks
Joining of 2 Tracks 3 5472 13 28
4 44032 16
Joining of 2 Tracks 4 44032 16 34
5 285088 19
Joining of 3 Tracks 3 5472 13 47
4 44032 16
5 285088 19


[0033] The foregoing provides the theoretical analysis of saving the number of bits in joint encoding of multiple tracks. In order to achieve a theoretical effect, a code index is required to use codebook space as efficiently as possible. Encoding methods for achieving an actual bit lower limit value of joint encoding of multiple tracks are separately provided below through specific embodiments.

[0034] Embodiment 1: A pulse encoding method, as shown in FIG. 1, includes:

A1: Obtain pulses that are on T tracks and required to be encoded, where T is an integer greater than or equal to 2.



[0035] In the T tracks, the total number of pulses required to be encoded on each track is usually determined according to a bit rate. The more the number of pulses required to be encoded, obviously, the more the number of bits required by a code index, and the higher the bit rate. In the specification, pulse_numt represents the total number of pulses that are on a tth track and required to be encoded. It is assumed that pulse_numt = Nt, t∈[0, T-1]. The total numbers of pulses on tracks of joint encoding may be the same, and may also be different.

[0036] A2: Separately collect, according to positions, statistics about a pulse that is on each track and required to be encoded, to obtain the number Nt of positions that have pulses on each track, distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track, and the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse.

[0037] In the specification: pos_numt represents the number of positions that have pulses and are on the tth track. Distribution of Nt pulses on the track may overlap in terms of position, and it is assumed that pos_numt = Nt, so that obviously Nt∈[1, Nt].

[0038] A pulse position vector Pt(Nt) = {pt(0), pt(1), ..., pt(Nt-1)} represents the distribution of the positions that have pulses and are on the tth track, where pt(n) represents a position serial number of a position that has a pulse on the tth track, n∈[0, Nt-1], pt(n)∈[0, Mt-1], Mt in the specification represents the total number of positions on the tth track, generally Mt may be 8, 16 and so on, and the total numbers of positions on the tracks of joint encoding may be the same, and may also be different.

[0039] A pulse number vector SUt(Nt) = (sut(0), sut(1), ..., sut(Nt-1)} represents the number of pulses on each position that has the pulse and is on the tth track, where sut(n) represents the number of pulses of a pt(n) position, and obviously sut(0) + sut(1) +...+ sut(Nt - 1) = Nt.

[0040] Furthermore, a pulse required to be encoded may have a symbol, that is, have a feature of being positive or negative. In this case, when statistics is collected, according to the positions, about the pulses that are on the track and required to be encoded, it is further required that pulse symbol information of each position that has the pulse is obtained, and in the specification:

[0041] A pulse symbol vector St(Nt) = {st(0), st(1), ..., st(Nt-1)} represents pulse symbol information of each position that has the pulse and is on the tth track, where st(n) represents a pulse symbol of the pt(n) position and is called a symbol index of the pt(n) position. Based on that the pulse symbol represented by st(n) has a binary nature of being positive or negative, generally the following simple encoding manner may be adopted: st(n) = 0 is used to indicate a positive pulse, and st(n) = 1 is used to indicate a negative pulse. Definitely, for pulses required to be encoded, a pulse symbol is not a necessary feature, and according to actual needs, a pulse may have only position and quantity features, and in this case, it is not required to collect statistics about the pulse symbol information.

[0042] Obviously, values in Pt(Nt), SUt(Nt) and St(Nt) have one-to-one correspondence.

[0043] After parameters Nt, Pt(Nt), SUt(Nt), and St(Nt) required for joint encoding of tracks are obtained by collecting statistics, it is required that the parameters are encoded into indexes, and correspondence between the parameters and the indexes is established, so that a decoding side can recover corresponding parameters according to the indexes. Two indicating manners may be adopted for the correspondence. One is that an algebraic manner is used to indicate a calculation relationship, and in this situation, an encoding side performs forward calculation on the parameters to obtain the indexes, and the decoding side performs reverse calculation on the indexes to obtain the parameters. The other one is that a mapping manner is used to indicate a query relationship, and in this situation, the encoding and decoding sides both need to store a mapping table associating the parameters with the indexes. Selection may be performed on the two kinds of correspondence according to specific features of the parameters. Generally speaking, in a situation with a large amount of data, designing correspondence indicated by the calculation relationship can save the amount of storage of the encoding and decoding sides, and is favorable. Encoding of each parameter is illustrated below respectively.

[0044] A3: According to the number {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} of positions that have pulses and are on each track, determine a first index I1, where the first index I1 corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on each track under the number of the positions having pulses, where the number of the positions having pulses is represented by it.

[0045] The total number of possible situations of the {N0 N1, ..., NT-1} combination is

A value of Nt is not large, generally the total number T of tracks of joint encoding is also not very large, so that the total number of possible situations of the {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combination is not very large, and therefore it is feasible that correspondence between the {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combination and the first index I1 adopts the calculation relationship or the query relationship.

[0046] When the correspondence between the {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combination and I1 is established, generally, a one-to-one relationship may be set between them and I1, that is, a first index corresponds to a {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combination. The value Nt of pos_numt determines the total number Wt(Nt) of all possible situations of Pt(Nt),

and "C" indicates acquiring the number of combinations, so that an I1 corresponds to

possible Pt(Nt) combinations {P0(N0), P1(N1), ..., PT-1 (NT-1)}.

[0047] Definitely, if some Nt values of a certain track correspond to a small number of situations of Pt(Nt), the Nt values may be combined to correspond to a same I1, that is, at least one I1 corresponds to more than two {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combinations, and in this case, an extra additional index Ift is required to distinguish the {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combinations corresponding to the same I1, that is, the additional index Ift is used to further determine a current Nt value of a track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to I1.

[0048] Different I1 may be regarded as a classification index of joint encoding of tracks, which divides codebook space of entire joint encoding into several parts according to combinations of the numbers of pulse positions of each track. Situations of combination classification of joint encoding are illustrated below through examples. Table 4 is a combination classification scheme of 3-pulse 2-track joint encoding. Totally there are 3 × 3 Nt value combinations, and each combination corresponds to a classification (I1). It is assumed that the total numbers Mt of positions on the tracks are all 16.
Table 4
ClassificationTrack 0 NtTrack 1 NtThe Number of Pt(Nt) combinations
1 3 3 560 × 560
2 3 2 560 × 120
3 2 3 120 × 560
4 2 2 120 × 120
5 3 1 560 × 16
6 1 3 16 × 560
7 2 1 120 × 16
8 1 2 16 × 120
9 1 1 16 × 120


[0049] Table 5 is a combination classification scheme of 4-pulse 2-track joint encoding. Totally there are 4 × 4 Nt value combinations, and similarly, each kind of combination corresponds to a classification (I1). It is assumed that the total numbers Mt of positions on the tracks are all 16.
Table 5
ClassificationTrack 0 NtTrack 1 NtThe Number of Pt(Nt) combinations
1 4 4 1820 × 1820
2 4 3 1820 × 560
3 3 4 560 × 1820
4 3 3 560 × 560
5 4 2 1820 × 120
6 2 4 120 × 1820
7 3 2 560 × 120
8 2 3 120 × 560
9 4 1 1820 × 16
10 1 4 16 × 1820
11 2 2 120 × 120
12 3 1 560 × 16
13 1 3 16 × 560
14 2 1 120 × 16
15 1 2 16 × 120
16 1 1 16 × 16


[0050] Table 6 is a combination classification scheme of 5-pulse 2-track joint encoding. What is different from the foregoing two examples is that, situations of Nt = 1, 2, 3 are combined for classification. Totally there are 3 × 3 classifications (I1), and some classifications each correspond to multiple Nt value combinations. It is assumed that the total numbers Mt of positions on the tracks are all 16.
Table 6
ClassificationTrack 0 NtTrack 1 NtThe Number of Pt(Nt) combinations
1 5 5 4368 × 4368
2 5 4 4368 × 1820
3 4 5 1820 × 4368
4 4 4 1820 × 1820
5 5 1, 2, 3 4368 × (16 + 120 + 560)
6 1, 2, 3 5 (16 + 120 + 560) × 4368
7 4 1, 2, 3 1820 × (16 + 120 + 560)
8 1, 2, 3 4 (16 + 120 + 560) × 1820
9 1, 2, 3 1, 2, 3 (16 + 120 + 560) × (16 + 120 + 560)


[0051] It may be seen from Table 6 that, Nt values (generally Nt values corresponding to the small numbers of position combinations) are combined together for classification, which may effectively reduce the total number of classifications of joint encoding (for example, the number of classifications is 9 in Table 6, which is far smaller than the number, 25, of classifications in a one-to-one corresponding situation). Definitely, accordingly, it is required that the extra additional index Ift is used to determine a current Nt value in a classification situation where non-one Nt values exist. That is, space divided by I1 is further divided into subspace identified by the additional index Ift.

[0052] A4: Determine a second index I2t of each track separately according to distribution Pt(Nt) of positions that have pulses and are on each track, where the second index I2t indicates, among all possible distribution situations corresponding to the first index I1, a distribution situation which corresponds to distribution of current positions having pulses on a corresponding track.

[0053] The total possible number of Pt(Nt) is

and the amount of data is large, therefore it is more suitable to adopt the calculation relationship for correspondence with the second index I2t, and definitely it is also feasible to adopt the query relationship. Obviously, Wt(Nt) is the number of all possible values of I2t. If a value of I2t is counted starting from 0, I2t∈[0, Wt(Nt)-1].

[0054] Definitely, in a situation where the additional index Ift needs to be used, the Nt value determining a range of I2t is jointly determined by the first index I1 and the additional index Ift.

[0055] In order to determine the correspondence between Pt(Nt) and I2t through algebraic calculation, a calculation formula of the second index I2t is provided below:


where pt(n) represents a position serial number of an nth position that has a pulse on a track, n∈[0, Nt-1], pt(0)∈[0, Mt-Nt], pt(n)∈[pt(n-1)+1, Mt-Nt+n], pt(0) < pt(1) <...< pt(Nt-1), or pt(0) > Pt(1) >...> pt(Nt-1).

[0056] By adopting the foregoing method, the second index I2t of each track can be obtained through the calculation relationship. Because the amount of data occupied by I2t in the code index is large, adopting the calculation method can reduce the amount of storage on both the encoding and decoding sides as much as possible. Meanwhile, because I2t is continuously encoded and strictly one-to-one corresponds to Pt(Nt), code bits can be used to a maximum degree, thereby avoiding waste. For principles, specific deduction and descriptions of the calculation method, reference may be made to the China Patent Application (the publication date is October 29, 2008) with the publication No. being CN101295506, and particularly reference may be made to page 13 line 18 to page 15 line 9 of the specification of the application file (Embodiment 2, drawings 14 and 15); and for a corresponding decoding calculation method, reference may be made to page 16 line 23 to page 17 line 12 of the specification of the application file (Embodiment 4).

[0057] A5: Determine a third index I3t of each track separately according to the number SUt(Nt) of pulses on each position that has the pulse and is on the track.

[0058] SUt(Nt) is a vector having the same number of dimensions as Pt(Nt), but it is limited that sut(0) + sut(1) +...+ sut(Nt-1) = Nt, and generally the value of Nt is not large, normally 1 to 6, therefore the total possible number of SUt(Nt) is not large, and it is feasible to adopt the calculation relationship or the query relationship for correspondence with the third index I3t. It should be noted that, in some extreme situations, for example Nt = 1 or Nt = Nt, in this case SUt(Nt) only has one possible situation, no specific I3t is required for indication, and the I3t may be regarded as any value not affecting generation of a final code index.

[0059] In order to determine correspondence between SUt(Nt) and I3t through algebraic calculation, a calculation method of the third index I3t is provided below:

[0060] For a tth track, situations that Nt positions having pulses have Nt pulses are mapped to situations that Nt positions have Nt - Nt pulses, where Nt represents the total number of pulses that are required to be encoded and on the tth track. For example, in the four kinds of 6-pulse 4-position (Nt = 6, Nt = 4) situations shown in FIG. 2, SUt(Nt) is always {1, 2, 1, 2}, 1 is subtracted from the number of pulses in each position (because each position has at least one pulse) to obtain {0, 1, 0, 1}, that is, information of SUt(Nt) is mapped to a 2-pulse 4-position encoding situation.

[0061] According to set order, all possible distribution situations of Nt - Nt pulses on Nt positions are arrayed, and an arrayed serial number is used as the third index I3t indicating the number of pulses on a position that has a pulse.

[0062] A calculation formula reflecting the foregoing calculation method is:



[0063] Where ΔNt = Nt - Nt, PPT = Nt - 1, q(h) represents a position serial number of an (h + 1)th pulse, h∈[0, ΔNt-1], q(h) E [0, Nt-1], q(0) ≤ q(1) ≤...≤ q(ΔNt - 1), or q(0) ≥ q(1) ≥...≥ q(ΔNt -1), and ∑ indicates summation.

[0064] For principles, specific deduction and descriptions of the calculation method, reference may be made to the China Patent Application (the publication date is March 18, 2009) with the publication No. being CN101388210, and particularly reference may be made to page 8 line 23 to page 10 line 7 of the specification of the application file (Embodiment 2, drawing 6); and for a corresponding decoding calculation method, reference may be made to page 21 line 10 to page 21 line 27 of the specification of the application file (Embodiment 6).

[0065] A6: Generate a general code index Ind of T tracks, where the code index Ind includes information of the first index I1 and the second and third indexes I2t and I3t of each track.

[0066] I1, I2t, I3t, the additional index Ift (if involved) and the symbol index Ist (if involved) may be placed in the code index in any manner that can be identified by the decoding side, and for example in a simplest manner, may be stored in fixed fields separately and separately. In consideration of a precondition that the total number pulse_numt of pulses required to be encoded on each track is specific, the value Nt of each pos_numt indicated by I1 determines a variation range of I2t and I3t, that is, determines the number of code bits required by I2t and I3t (if involved, also determines the number of code bits required by Ist), therefore the following manners may be adopted to construct the code index.

① The first index I1 is used as a starting value, and information of other indexes are superposed. A value of I1 corresponds to an independent value range of the code index. In this way, the decoding side may directly determine a value combination {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} of pos_numt according to the value range of the code index. Definitely, in a situation with the additional index, only an Nt value combination of the track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to the first index can be determined according to I1, for example, the combination "1, 2, 3" in Table 6. No matter an Nt value or an Nt value combination is determined, its required encoding space is determined, so that the value range determined by I1 (generally corresponds to a certain length of a field) may be further divided into T parts to be used by I2t, I3t, and Ift (if involved) ofT tracks separately.

② I2t and I3t may be placed in any manner that can be identified by the decoding side, and for example in a simplest manner, may be stored separately. Because I2t and I3t usually cannot be represented by an integer power of 2, in order to save code bits as much as possible, I2t and I3t of the tth track may be combined into the following form to be placed in a section allocated from the value range determined by I1:


where I2t and I3t are both encoded starting from 0, I2t∈[0, Wt(Nt)-1], I3t∈[0, Class(Nt)-1], and Class(Nt) is the total possible number of SUt(Nt). Obviously, the manner is equivalent to that the value range allocated from I1 is divided into Class(Nt) sections with the length being Wt(Nt), and each section corresponds to a distribution situation of SUt(Nt).



[0067] Definitely, in a situation where Ift needs to be used, the value range allocated from I1 to the track needs to be first assigned by Ift to different Nt for use, and then I2t and I3t are placed in the space assigned to each Nt, and in this case,

③ Definitely, in a situation where an encoded pulse is a pulse with a symbol, each Index(t) is further required to include information of a symbol index st(n) of each pulse. For example, the symbol index Ist of the tth track may be used as a field with the length being Nt to be placed in a fixed position, for example, the end, in the value range allocated from I1 to the track, and in this case,


(for a track with a one Nt value corresponding to the first index), or,


(for a track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to the first index),
where



[0068] In conclusion, a construction manner of the general code index Ind of the T tracks may be indicated as:


where Imax(t) represents an upper limit value of Index(t), and "Π" represents multiplying. During decoding, a manner of taking a remainder of Imax(t) may be adopted to separate Index(t) one by one. For example, (Ind-I1) is used to take a remainder of Imax(T-1) to obtain Index(T-1), Index(T-1) is subtracted from (Ind-I1) to obtain a value, which is divided by Imax(T-1), and then a remainder of Imax(T-2) is further obtained to obtain Index(T-2), and the rest can be deduced by analogy until Index(0) is obtained.

[0069] It should be easily understood that, the foregoing exemplified code index construction manner is only an alternative manner of this embodiment, and persons skilled in the art may use basic information forming the code index to easily obtain a construction manner of another code index structure. For example, index positions are swapped or recombined. Specifically, I2t of different tracks may be combined first, and then I3t and Ist are combined. The specific construction manner of the code index does not limit the embodiment of the present invention.

[0070] Embodiment 2: A pulse encoding method, where in this embodiment, an index of each track of joint encoding is calculated separately, and combined to form a code index, as shown in FIG. 3, includes the following steps:

B1: Obtain pulses that are on T tracks and required to be encoded, where T is an integer greater than or equal to 2.

B2: Separately collect, according to positions, statistics about a pulse that is on each track and required to be encoded, to obtain the number Nt of positions that have pulses on each track, distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track, and the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse.
Steps B1 and B2 may be executed with reference to steps A1 and A2 in Embodiment 1.

B3: According to the number of positions that have pulses and are on each track, determine a first index I1t of each track separately, where the first index I1t corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on the track under the number of the positions having pulses, where the number of the positions having pulses is represented by the first index I1t.

B4: Determine a second index I2t of each track separately according to the distribution of positions that have pulses and are on each track, where the second index I2t indicates, among all possible distribution situations corresponding to the first index I1t, a distribution situation which corresponds to distribution of current positions having pulses and is on the track.

B5: Determine a third index I3t of each track separately according to the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse and is on each track.
Steps B3 to B5 may be executed with reference to steps A1 and A2 in Embodiment 1. For details of the process of obtaining the index of each track separately, reference may be made to the China Patent Application (the publication date is October 29, 2008) with the publication No. being CN101295506, and particularly reference may be made to page 6 line 13 to page 15 line 9 of the specification of the application file (Embodiment 1 and Embodiment 2); and for a corresponding decoding calculation method, reference may be made to page 15 line 11 to page 17 line 12 of the specification of the application file (Embodiment 3 and Embodiment 4).

A6: Generate a general code index Ind of T tracks, where the code index Ind includes information of the first, second, and third indexes I1t, I2t and I3t of each track.



[0071] I1t, I2t, I3t, and a symbol index Ist (if involved) may be placed in the code index in any manner that can be identified by a decoding side, and for example in a simplest manner, may be stored in fixed fields separately. Definitely, combination may also be performed. For example, indexes of tracks are combined together separately and then superposed. That is, the following manner is adopted to construct the code index:


where Imax(t) represents an upper limit value of Index(t),


(a situation where a pulse symbol is not taken into account), or,


(a situation where a pulse symbol is taken into account).

[0072] It is easily understood that, the foregoing exemplified code index construction manner is only an alternative manner of this embodiment, and persons skilled in the art may use basic information forming the code index to easily obtain a construction manner of another code index structure. For example, index positions are swapped or recombined in each track. The specific construction manner of the code index does not limit the embodiment of the present invention.

[0073] Embodiment 3: a pulse encoding method. This embodiment is a method proposed on the basis of Embodiment 1 or Embodiment 2 to further save code bits.

[0074] A generation process of a code index Ind in the pulse encoding method in this embodiment may be executed with reference to the method in Embodiment 1 or Embodiment 2. After the code index Ind is generated, the following operations are executed, as shown in FIG. 4, and include:

C1: Compare the code index Ind with an adjustment threshold THR, where


Imax(T) represents an upper limit value of Ind, Bmax represents an upper limit value of the number of bits used for encoding the code index; if Ind is smaller than THR, the procedure proceeds to step C2, otherwise the procedure proceeds to step C3.

C2: Encode Ind by using code bits, the number of which is the first number.

C3: Encode Ind plus an offset value THR0 by using code bits, the number of which is the second number, where THR ≤ THR0 ≤ 2Bmax - Imax(T), the so called first number is smaller than the second number, the second number is smaller than or equal to Bmax, and the first number and the second number are both positive integers.



[0075] For example, for a situation of joint encoding of two 4-pulse tracks (it is assumed that the total number of positions of each track is 16), the total possible number of Ind is Imax(T) = 44032 × 44032 (it is taken into account that a pulse has a symbol), 31 code bits are required, its free codebook space is 231 - 44032 × 44032 = 208666624, it may be set that THR = THR0 = 208666624; when Ind is smaller than 208666624, code bits, the number of which is the first number (30), are used to encode Ind; when Ind is greater than 208666624, code bits, the number of which is the second number (31), are used to encode Ind + 208666624. Obviously, there is a probability of 9.7% of further saving a bit on the basis of the 31 bits. Definitely, the adjustment threshold THR may be set to be smaller than 208666624, so as to save more bits, but accordingly, a probability of occurrence of a situation where a bit may be saved decreases dramatically, so that it needs balance consideration.

[0076] For principles, specific deduction and descriptions of the method for saving bits, reference may be made to the China Patent Application (the application date is June 19, 2009) with the application No. being CN200910150637.8.

[0077] Furthermore, in order to increase the probability of occurrence of the situation where the bit may be saved, the following preferred manner may be adopted to set correspondence between a first index I1 and a {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combination that are in the code index Ind. Collect statistics about a probability of occurrence of the {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combination, to make a first index corresponding to a combination with a higher probability of occurrence be smaller, so as to decrease an encoded index value of the combination with the high probability of occurrence as much as possible.

[0078] Embodiment 4: a pulse encoding method. This embodiment proposes a new method for joint encoding of tracks from a perspective different from Embodiment 1 and Embodiment 2.

[0079] In Embodiment 1 and Embodiment 2, no matter joint classification is performed on situations of positions that have pulses and are on the tracks (Embodiment 1) or the first index is set for each track (Embodiment 2), processing needs to be performed separately on pulse position distribution of each track. In this embodiment, a new idea is adopted, that is, tracks of joint encoding are overlapped to form 1 track, and pulse distribution information is superposed. For example, as shown in FIG. 5, 2 3-pulse tracks are superposed to form 1 6-pulse track (it is assumed that the number of positions of each track is 16), and then,

① According to a distribution situation of pulses of a single track, a distribution index of a superposed track is calculated. For example, the combination manner of I1t, I2t, I3t, and Ist described in Embodiment 2 may be adopted.

② A track index is established according to a situation of a track to which a pulse belongs. For example, as shown in FIG. 6, the 3-postion 6-pulse obtained by superposition in FIG. 5 corresponds to different track distribution situations, and different track indexes may be used to indicate corresponding situations separately. In FIG. 6, "0" represents a pulse on a track 0, and "×" represents a pulse on a track 1.

③ The distribution index which is of a single track and obtained by superposing the pulses and the track index indicating the track to which the pulse belongs are combined together to obtain a final code index.



[0080] The joint encoding method in this embodiment may also save code bits as Embodiment 1 and Embodiment 2, and furthermore, may also be used in combination with Embodiment 3 to achieve the objective of further saving code bits.

[0081] Embodiment 5: A pulse decoding method, where the decoding method provided in this embodiment decodes a code index obtained according to the encoding method in Embodiment 1, and a decoding process is a reverse process of an encoding process, as shown in FIG. 7, includes:

D1: Obtain a code index Ind, extract a first index I1 from the code index Ind, and determine, according to the first index I1, the number {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} of positions that have pulses and are on each track of T tracks.



[0082] Extracting information of each index from Ind may be performed according to a reverse process of combining indexes into Ind during encoding. For example, if each index is stored in a fixed field separately, each index may be directly extracted.

[0083] If Ind adopts the structure provided in Embodiment 1 in which I1 is used as the starting value to superpose other indexes, I1 may be extracted first, and Index(t) of each track is separated from Ind according to a {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combination corresponding to I1. In this case, an I1 corresponds to an independent value range of Ind, therefore a decoding side may judge a value range to which Ind belongs among several set independent value ranges, and determine the first index I1 according to a starting value corresponding to the value range to which Ind belongs.

[0084] Definitely, in a situation where a track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to the first index I1 exists, for the track, I1 determines its Nt value combination, an actual Nt value is determined by a further-extracted additional index Ift, and in this case, the separated Index(t) includes information of Ift.

[0085] D2: Extract a second index I2t of each track and a third index I3t of each track from the code index Ind.

[0086] Similar to I1, extraction of I2t and I3t is also performed according to a reverse process of combination into Index(N), and for independent placement, extraction may be performed directly. If a encoding manner in which superposition is performed after combination, where the encoding manner is in Embodiment 1, is adopted for I2t and I3t, in this step, I2t, I3t, Ift (if involved) and Ist (if involved) are separated from Index(t), and a reverse operation may be performed according to the combination process.

[0087] For example, in a situation where Ift and Ist are not involved, I2t = Index(t) % Wt(Nt), and I3t = Int[Index(t)/Wt(Nt)], where % represents taking of a remainder, and Int represents rounding. In a situation where Ift is involved, similar to determining I1, the additional index Ift may be determined according to a starting value corresponding to a value range to which Index(t) belongs, and after Ift is separated, I2t, I3t, and Ist (if involved) are further extracted according to the determined Nt value.

[0088] D3: For each track, according to the second index I2t, determine distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track under the number of positions having pulses, where the number of positions having pulses corresponds to the first index I1 and Ift (if involved).

[0089] A reverse process of encoding I2t is adopted for decoding I2t. If during encoding, I2t is obtained by adopting a calculation relationship, a reverse operation is performed by using the same calculation relationship during decoding. If during encoding, I2t is obtained by using a query relationship, the same correspondence is queried during decoding.

[0090] D4: For each track, according to the third index I3t, determine the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse.

[0091] D5: For each track, according to distribution Pt(Nt) of the positions that have pulses on the track and the number SUt(Nt) of pulses on each position that has the pulse, reconstruct a pulse sequence on the track.

[0092] For a situation where a pulse has a symbol, when a pulse sequence on each track is reconstructed, a positive or negative feature of a pulse symbol of each position that has a pulse is recovered according to pulse symbol information carried in each symbol index st(n).

[0093] Embodiment 6: A pulse decoding method, where the decoding method provided in this embodiment decodes a code index obtained according to the encoding method in Embodiment 2, and a decoding process is a reverse process of an encoding process, as shown in FIG. 8, includes:

E1: Obtain a code index Ind, extract a first index I1t of each track from the code index Ind, and determine, according to the first index I1t, the number Nt of positions having pulses for each track.



[0094] In a situation where the total number Nt of pulses on each track is determined (under different bit rates, the total number of bits of the code index is different, therefore a decoding side may determine the total number Nt of pulses on each track directly according to the length (the number of bits) of the code index), an upper limit value Imax(t) of Index(t) is determined, therefore Index(t) of each track may be directly separated from Ind, and I1t and corresponding Nt are determined according to a value range of Index(t).

[0095] E2: Extract a second index I2t of each track and a third index I3t of each track from the code index Ind. That is, I2t and I3t are separated from Index(t), which may be executed with reference to step D2 in Embodiment 5. If a pulse symbol is involved, Ist may be further separated.

[0096] E3: For each track, according to the second index I2t, determine distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track under the number of positions having pulses, where the number of positions having pulses corresponds to the first index I1t.

[0097] E4: For each track, according to the third index I3t, determine the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse.

[0098] E5: For each track, according to distribution Pt(Nt) of the positions that have pulses on the track and the number SUt(Nt) of pulses on each position that has the pulse, reconstruct a pulse sequence on the track.

[0099] Steps E3 to E5 may be executed with reference to steps D3 to D5 in Embodiment 5.

[0100] Embodiment 7: A pulse decoding method, where the decoding method provided in this embodiment corresponds to the encoding method in Embodiment 3, and decodes a code stream of length-variable encoding in Embodiment 3 to obtain a code index, and a process is as shown in FIG. 9, includes:

F1: Extract code bits, the number of which is the first number, from an encoded code stream.

F2: If a decoded value of the code bits, the number of which is the first number, is smaller than an adjustment threshold THR, proceed to step F3, otherwise proceed to step F4.

F3: Use the decoded value of the code bits, the number of which is the first number, as a code index Ind.

F4: Otherwise, increase the number of extracted code bits to the second number, and use a value obtained by subtracting an offset value THR0 from a decoded value of code bits, the number of which is the second number, as a code index Ind.



[0101] According to the decoding method in this embodiment, after the code index Ind is obtained from the encoded code stream, the code index Ind may be further decoded according to the decoding method in Embodiment 5 or Embodiment 6.

[0102] Embodiment 8: A pulse encoder 10, where the encoder provided in this embodiment may be used to execute the encoding method in Embodiment 1, as shown in FIG. 10, includes:

[0103] A pulse statistics unit 101 is configured to obtain pulses that are on T tracks and required to be encoded, where T is an integer greater than or equal to 2; and separately collect, according to positions, statistics about a pulse that is on each track and required to be encoded, to obtain the number Nt of positions that have pulses on each track, distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track, and the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse, where the subscript t represents a tth track, and t∈[0, T-1].

[0104] An index calculation unit 102 includes:

[0105] A first index unit 1021 is configured to, according to the number {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} of positions that have pulses and are on each track, output a first index I1, where I1 corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on each track under the number of the positions having pulses, where the number of the positions having pulses is represented by it.

[0106] A second index unit 1022 is configured to output a second index I2t of each track separately according to distribution of positions that have pulses and are on each track, where I2t indicates, among all possible distribution situations corresponding to I1, a distribution situation which corresponds to distribution of current positions having pulses on a corresponding track.

[0107] A third index unit 1023 is configured to output a third index I3t of each track separately according to the number of pulses on each position that has the pulse and is on each track.

[0108] An index combination unit 103 is configured to combine information of the first index I1 and the second and third indexes I2t and I3t of each track to form a code index Ind.

[0109] In a situation where at least one first index corresponds to more than two {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combinations, the index calculation unit 102 may further include an additional index unit 1024 (indicated by a block with dotted edges in FIG. 10), configured to, for a track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to the first index, determine an additional index Ift corresponding to the number of current positions that have pulses and are on the track, where the additional index Ift corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on the track under the number of positions having pulses, where the number of positions having pulses is represented by it. In this case, the index combination unit 103 further combines information of the additional index Ift into the code index Ind.

[0110] Furthermore, in a situation where length-variable encoding is performed on the code index by adopting the method in Embodiment 3, the pulse encoder 10 in this embodiment may further include a code bit adjustment unit 104 (indicated by a block with dotted edges in FIG. 10), configured to compare the code index Ind with an adjustment threshold THR after the index combination unit 103 generates the code index, where,


Imax(T) represents an upper limit value of Ind, and Bmax represents an upper limit value of the number of bits used for encoding the code index; and
if Ind is smaller than THR, code bits, the number of which is the first number, are used to encode Ind; otherwise, code bits, the number of which is the second number, are used to encode Ind plus an offset value THR0, where THR ≤ THR0 ≤ 2Bmax - Imax(T), the used first number is smaller than the second number, the second number is smaller than or equal to Bmax, and the first number and the second number are both positive integers.

[0111] Embodiment 9: A pulse decoder 20, where the decoder provided in this embodiment may be used to execute the decoding method in Embodiment 5, as shown in FIG. 11, includes:

[0112] A first extraction unit 201 is configured to obtain a code index Ind, extract a first index I1 from the code index Ind, and determine, according to the first index, the number {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} of positions that have pulses and are on each track of T tracks.

[0113] A second extraction unit 202 is configured to extract a second index I2t of each track and a third index I3t of each track from the code index Ind.

[0114] A first decoding unit 203 is configured to, for each track, according to the second index I2t, determine distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track under the number of positions having pulses, where the number of positions having pulses corresponds to the first index.

[0115] A second decoding unit 204 is configured to, for each track, according to the third index I3t, determine the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse.

[0116] A pulse reconstruction unit 205 is configured to, for each track, according to distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track and the number of pulses on each position that has the pulse, reconstruct a pulse sequence on the track.

[0117] In a situation where at least one first index corresponds to more than two {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combinations, the decode in this embodiment may further include:

[0118] An additional extraction unit 206 (indicated by a block with dotted edges in FIG. 11) is configured to, for a track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to the first index, extract an additional index Ift corresponding to the number of current positions that have pulses and are on the track, where the additional index Ift corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on the track under the number of positions having pulses, where the number of positions having pulses is represented by it. In this case, the second extraction unit 202 extracts the second index I2t of the track and the third index I3t of the track according to the number of current positions that have pulses and are on a corresponding track, where the number of current positions that have pulses and are on a corresponding track is determined by the additional index Ift extracted by the additional extraction unit 206.

[0119] Furthermore, in a situation where decoding is performed on a code stream of length-variable encoding by adopting the method in Embodiment 7, the pulse decoder 20 in this embodiment may further include a decoding bit adjustment unit 207 (indicated by a block with dotted edges in FIG. 11), configured to extract code bits, the number of which is the first number, from an encoded code stream; if a decoded value of the code bits, the number of which is the first number, is smaller than an adjustment threshold THR, use the decoded value of the code bits, the number of which is the first number, as a code index Ind for output; otherwise, increase the number of extracted code bits to the second number, and use a value obtained by subtracting an offset value THR0 from a decoded value of code bits, the number of which is the second number, as a code index Ind for output.

[0120] Persons of ordinary skill in the art may understand that, all or part of the steps in the method of the foregoing embodiments may be implemented through a program instructing relevant hardware. The program may be stored in a computer readable storage medium, and the storage medium may include a read only memory, a random access memory, a magnetic disk or an optical disk, and so on.

[0121] The pulse encoding and decoding methods and the pulse codec according to the embodiments of the present invention are described in detail above. The principles and implementation manners of the present invention are described here through specific embodiments. The description about the foregoing embodiments is merely provided for ease of understanding of the method and its core ideas of the present invention. Meanwhile, persons of ordinary skill in the art may make variations to the specific implementation manners and application scopes according to the ideas of the present invention. Therefore, the specification shall not be construed as a limit to the present invention.


Claims

1. A pulse encoding method, comprising:

obtaining pulses that are on T tracks and required to be encoded, wherein T is an integer greater than or equal to 2;

separately collecting, according to positions, statistics about a pulse that is on each track and required to be encoded, to obtain the number Nt of positions that have pulses on each track, distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track, and the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse, wherein the subscript t represents a tth track, and t∈[0, T-1];

according to the number {N0 N1, ..., NT-1} of positions that have pulses and are on each track, determining a first index I1, wherein the first index I1 corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on each track under the number of the positions having pulses, wherein the number of the positions having pulses is represented by it;

determining a second index I2t of each track separately according to distribution of positions that have pulses and are on each track, wherein the second index indicates, among all possible distribution situations corresponding to the first index I1, a distribution situation which corresponds to distribution of current positions having pulses on a corresponding track;

determining a third index I3t of each track separately according to the number of pulses on each position that has the pulse and is on each track; and

generating a code index Ind, wherein the code index comprises information of the first index and the second and third indexes of each track.


 
2. The method according to claim 1, wherein:

during the separately collecting, according to positions, statistics about a pulse that is on each track and required to be encoded, according to a positive or negative feature of a pulse symbol of each position that has the pulse and is on each track, pulse symbol information of each position that has the pulse and is on each track is obtained; and

the code index further comprises information of a symbol index which corresponds to each position that has the pulse and is on each track, and the symbol index indicates pulse symbol information which is of a position that has a pulse and corresponds to the index.


 
3. The method according to claim 1 or 2, wherein:

one first index corresponds to one {N0 N1, ..., NT-1} combination, or,

at least one first index corresponds to more than two {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combinations; for a track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to the first index, besides determining second and third indexes of the track, an additional index corresponding to the number of current positions that have pulses and are on the track is further determined, the additional index corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on the track under the number of positions having pulses, wherein the number of positions having pulses is represented by it, and the code index further comprises information of the additional index.


 
4. The method according to claim 3, wherein the code index Ind is generated by adopting the following manner:


wherein Imax(t) represents an upper limit value of Index(t), "Π" represents multiplying, and Index(t) is generated by adopting the following manner:

in a situation in which a symbol index is not comprised, for a track with a one Nt value corresponding to the first index:



wherein "C" indicates acquiring the number of combinations, and Mt represents the total number of positions on a tth track;

in a situation in which a symbol index is not comprised, for a track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to the first index:



wherein Ift represents an additional index which is of a tth track and corresponds to a current Nt value;

in a situation in which a symbol index is comprised, for a track with a one Nt value corresponding to the first index:



wherein Ist represents a symbol index of a tth track, there are Nt bits, and a value of each bit indicates pulse symbol information which is of a position that has a pulse and corresponds to the bit; and

in a situation in which a symbol index is comprised, for a track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to the first index:


 
5. The method according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein after the step of generating the code index, the method further comprises:

comparing the code index Ind with an adjustment threshold THR, wherein

Imax(T) represents an upper limit value of Ind, and Bmax represents an upper limit value of the number of bits used for encoding the code index; and

if Ind is smaller than THR, code bits, the number of which is the first number, are adopted to encode Ind; otherwise, code bits, the number of which is the second number, are adopted to encode Ind plus an offset value THR0, wherein THR ≤ THR0 ≤ 2Bmax - Imax(T), the first number is smaller than the second number, the second number is smaller than or equal to Bmax, and the first number and the second number are both positive integers.


 
6. The method according to claim 5, wherein correspondence between the first index and a {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combination is determined by adopting the following manner: collecting statistics about a probability of occurrence of the {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combination, to make a first index corresponding to a combination of a higher probability of occurrence be smaller.
 
7. The method according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the step of determining a third index I3t of each track separately according to the number of pulses on each position that has the pulses and is on each track comprises:

for the tth track, situations that Nt positions having pulses have Nt pulses are mapped to situations that Nt positions have Nt-Nt pulses, wherein Nt represents the total number of pulses required to be encoded on the tth track; and

according to set order, all possible distribution situations of Nt-Nt pulses on Nt positions are arrayed, and an arrayed serial number is used as the third index I3t indicating the number of pulses on a position that has a pulse.


 
8. The method according to claim 7, wherein a calculation formula of the third index I3t of each track is:

wherein ΔNt = Nt - Nt, PPT = Nt - 1, q(h) represents a position serial number of an (h + 1)th pulse, h ∈[0, ΔNt-1], q(h)∈[0, Nt-1], q(0) ≤ q(1) ≤...≤ q(ΔNt - 1), or q(0) ≥ q(1) ≥...≥ q(ΔNt - 1), and ∑ indicates summation.
 
9. The method according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein a calculation formula of the second index I2t of each track is:


wherein pt(n) represents a position serial number of an nth position that has a pulse on a track, n∈[0, Nt-1], pt(0)∈[0, Mt-Nt], pt(n)∈[pt(n-1)+1, Mt-Nt+n], pt(0) < pt(1) <...< pt(Nt - 1), or pt(0) > pt(1) >...> pt(Nt - 1).
 
10. A pulse encoding method, comprising:

obtaining pulses that are on T tracks and required to be encoded, wherein T is an integer greater than or equal to 2;

separately collecting, according to positions, statistics about a pulse that is on each track and required to be encoded, to obtain the number Nt of positions that have pulses on each track,

distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track, and the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse, wherein the subscript t represents a tth track, and t ∈[0, T-1];

according to the number of positions that have pulses and are on each track, determining a first index I1t of each track, wherein the first index I1t corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on the track under the number of the positions having pulses, wherein the number of the positions having pulses is represented it;

determining a second index I2t of each track separately according to distribution of positions that have pulses and are on each track, wherein the second index indicates, among all possible distribution situations corresponding to the first index, a distribution situation which corresponds to distribution of current positions having pulses and is on the track;

determining a third index I3t of each track separately according to the number of pulses on each position that has the pulse and is on each track; and

generating a code index Ind, wherein the code index comprises information of the first, second, and third indexes of each track.


 
11. A pulse decoding method, comprising:

obtaining a code index Ind, extracting a first index from the code index, and determining, according to the first index, the number {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} of positions that have pulses and are on each track of T tracks, wherein the subscript t of Nt represents a tth track, t∈[0, T-1], and T is an integer greater than or equal to 2;

extracting a second index I2t of each track and a third index I3t of each track from the code index;

for each track, according to the second index, determining distribution of positions that have pulses on the track under the number of positions having pulses, wherein the number of positions having pulses corresponds to the first index;

for each track, according to the third index, determining the number of pulses on each position that has pulse; and

for each track, according to distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track and the number of pulses on each position that has the pulse, reconstructing a pulse sequence on the tarck.


 
12. The method according to claim 11, wherein the extracting the first index from the code index adopts: judging a value range to which the code index belongs among several set independent value ranges, and determining the first index according to a starting value corresponding to the value range to which the code index belongs.
 
13. The method according to claim 11, wherein:

one first index corresponds to one {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combination, or,

at least one first index corresponds to more than two {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combinations; for a track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to the first index, besides extracting the second and third indexes of the track, an additional index corresponding to the number of current positions that have pulses and are on the track is further extracted, and the additional index corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and on the track under the number of positions having pulses, wherein the number of positions having pulses is represented by it.


 
14. The method according to any one of claims 11 to 13, wherein the step of obtaining the code index Ind comprises:

extracting code bits, the number of which is the first number, from an encoded code stream;

if a decoded value of the code bits, the number of which is the first number, is smaller than an adjustment threshold THR, using the decoded value of the code bits, the number of which is the first number, as a code index Ind;

otherwise, increasing the number of extracted code bits to the second number, and using a value obtained by subtracting an offset value THR0 from a decoded value of code bits, the number of which is the second number, as a code index Ind.


 
15. A pulse decoding method, comprising:

obtaining a code index Ind, extracting a first index I1t of each track from the code index, and for each track, determining the number Nt of positions having pulses according to the first index, wherein the subscript t represents a tth track, t∈[0, T-1], and T is an integer greater than or equal to 2;

extracting a second index I2t of each track and a third index I3t of each track from the code index;

for each track, according to the second index, determining distribution of positions that have pulses on the track under the number of positions having pulses, wherein the number of positions having pulses corresponds to the first index;

for each track, according to the third index, determining the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse; and

for each track, according to distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track and the number of pulses on each position that has the pulse, reconstructing a pulse sequence on the track.


 
16. A pulse encoder, comprising:

a pulse statistics unit, configured to obtain pulses that are on T tracks and required to be encoded, wherein T is an integer greater than or equal to 2; and separately collect, according to positions, statistics about a pulse that is on each track and required to be encoded, to obtain the number Nt of positions that have pulses on each track, distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track, and the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse, wherein the subscript t represents a tth track, and t ∈[0, T-1];

an index calculation unit, wherein the index calculation unit comprises: a first index unit, configured to, according to the number {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} of positions that have pulses and are on each track, output a first index I1, wherein the first index corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on each track under the number of the positions having pulses, wherein the number of the positions having pulses is represented by it; a second index unit, configured to output a second index I2t of each track separately according to distribution of positions that have pulses and are on each track, wherein the second index indicates, among all possible distribution situations corresponding to the first index, a distribution situation which corresponds to distribution of current positions having pulses on a corresponding track; and a third index unit, configured to output a third index I3t of each track separately according to the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse and is on the track; and

an index combination unit, configured to combine information of the first index I1 and the second and third indexes of each track to generate a code index Ind.


 
17. The encoder according to claim 16, wherein at least one first index corresponds to more than two {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combinations,
the index calculation unit further comprises an additional index unit, configured to, for a track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to the first index, determine an additional index corresponding to the number of current positions that have pulses and are on the track, wherein the additional index corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on the track under the number of positions having pulses, wherein the number of positions having pulses is represented by it; and
the index combination unit further combines information of the additional index into the code index.
 
18. The encoder according to claim 16 or 17, further comprising a code bit adjustment unit, configured to compare the code index Ind with an adjustment threshold THR after the index combination unit generates the code index, wherein


Imax(T) represents an upper limit value of Ind, and Bmax represents an upper limit value of the number of bits used for encoding the code index; and
if Ind is smaller than THR, code bits, the number of which is the first number, are adopted to encode Ind; otherwise, code bits, the number of which is the second number, are adopted to encode Ind plus an offset value THR0, wherein THR ≤ THR0 ≤ 2Bmax - Imax(T), the first number is smaller than the second number, the second number is smaller than or equal to Bmax, and the first number and the second number are both positive integers.
 
19. A pulse decoder, comprising:

a first extraction unit, configured to obtain a code index Ind, extract a first index from the code index, and determine, according to the first index, the number {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} of positions that have pulses and are on each track of T tracks, wherein the subscript t of Nt represents a tth track, t ∈[0, T-1], and T is an integer greater than or equal to 2;

a second extraction unit, configured to extract a second index I2t of each track and a third index I3t of each track from the code index;

a first decoding unit, configured to, for each track, according to the second index, determine distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track under the number of positions having pulses, wherein the number of positions having pulses corresponds to the first index;

a second decoding unit, configured to, for each track, according to the third index, determine the number of pulses on each position that has a pulse; and

a pulse reconstruction unit, configured to, for each track, according to distribution of the positions that have pulses on the track and the number of pulses on each position that has the pulse, reconstruct a pulse sequence on the track.


 
20. The decoder according to claim 19, wherein at least one first index corresponds to more than two {N0, N1, ..., NT-1} combinations, and the decoder further comprises:

an additional extraction unit, configured to, for a track with a non-one Nt value corresponding to the first index, extract an additional index corresponding to the number of current positions that have pulses and are on the track, wherein the additional index corresponds to all possible distribution situations of positions that have pulses and are on the track under the number of positions having pulses, wherein the number of positions having pulses is represented by it; and

the second extraction unit extracts the second index I2t of the track and the third index I3t of the track according to the number of current positions that have pulses and are on a corresponding track, wherein the number of current positions that have pulses and are on a corresponding track is determined by the additional index extracted by the additional extraction unit.


 
21. The decoder according to claim 19 or 20, further comprising a decoding bit adjustment unit, configured to extract code bits, the number of which is the first number, from an encoded code stream; if a decoded value of the code bits, the number of which is the first number, is smaller than an adjustment threshold THR, use the decoded value of the code bits, the number of which is the first number, as a code index Ind for output; otherwise, increase the number of extracted code bits to the second number, and use a value obtained by subtracting an offset value THR0 from a decoded value of code bits, the number of which is the second number, as a code index Ind for output.
 




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