Comments on "Feedback Capacity of Stationary Gaussian Channels"

Milan Derpich, Jan Østergaard

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In the above article [1], the author characterizes the capacity of power-constrained channels with additive stationary Gaussian noise. Specifically, in Section III, the feedback capacity is shown to correspond with the solution to a variational optimization problem. Section IV gives structural properties of the solution for this optimization problem. Among these properties, it stands out the capacity-achieving optimality of using a short-length input V with arbitrarily small variance, and thus a power spectral density S_V equal to zero. These structural properties are further developed in its sections V and VI for first- and m -th-order autoregressive moving average channel noise, respectively, also showing the capacity-achieving optimality of the Schalkwijk-Kailath scheme for this scenario. In this note, we show that the proof of Corollary 4.4 in [1] (which claims that the choice S_V = 0 is capacity achieving) is erroneous. As a consequence, the proofs of theorems 4.1, 4.6, 5.3, and 6.1, propositions 4.7 and 5.1, as well as remarks 4.5 and 5.2, and Lemma 6.1 in [1] are invalid, because they rely upon the optimality of choosing S_V =0.

Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)1848-1851
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024


  • Channel capacity
  • Entropy
  • Feedback capacity
  • Filtering theory
  • Gaussian channels
  • Information filters
  • Information rates
  • Optimization


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