Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Data Coding and Compression

KKO Acad. year 2016/2017 Summer semester 5 credits

Current academic year

Introduction to data compression theory. Lossy and lossless data compression, adaptive methods, statistical - Huffman and arithmetic coding, dictionary methods LZ77, 78, transform coding, Burrows-Wheeler transform. Hardware support for data compression. Compression in the memory hierarchy.


Language of instruction



Credit+Examination (written)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 26 hrs projects

Assessment points

70 exam, 30 projects




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Theoretical background of advanced data processing using compression.

Generic learning outcomes and competences

Importance of advanced data compression.

Learning objectives

To give the students the knowledge of basic compression techniques, the methods for lossy and lossless data compression their efficiency, statistical and dictionary methods, hardware support for data compression.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Knowledge of functioning of basic computer units.

Study literature

  • Lecture notes and study supports in e-format.

Fundamental literature

  • Salomon, D.: Data Compression. The Complete Reference, Second Edition, 3rd and 4th Editions, Springer 2000-2007
  • Sardashti, S., Arelakis, A., Stenström, P., Wood, D. A.: A Primer on Compression in the Memory Hierarchy, Morgan&Claypool 2016

Syllabus of lectures

  • Introduction to compression theory.
  • Basic compression methods.
  • Statistical and dictionary methods.
  • Huffman coding.
  • Adaptive Huffman coding.
  • Arithmetic coding. Text compression.
  • Lossy and lossless data compression.
  • Dictionary methods, LZ77, 78.
  • Variants of LZW.
  • Transform coding, Burrows-Wheeler transform.
  • Hardware support for data compression, MXT. Compression in the memory hierarchy.
  • Context methods.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

Individual project assignment.

Progress assessment

Project designing and presentation.

Exam prerequisites

Project designing and presentation.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MBI, any year of study, Compulsory-Elective group S
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MBS, MPV, 1st year of study, Compulsory
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MGM, any year of study, Compulsory-Elective group G
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MIN, MIS, MMI, any year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MMM, any year of study, Compulsory-Elective group B
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MSK, 1st year of study, Compulsory-Elective group C
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