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# Two Types of Error-Performance Degradation

Module by: Ha Ta-Hong, Tuan Do-Hong. E-mail the authorsEdited By: Tuan Do-HongTranslated By: Tuan Do-Hong

Error-performance degradation can be classifyed in two group. The first one is due to a decrease in received signal power or an increase in noise or inteference power, giving rise to a loss in signal-to-noise ratio EB/N0EB/N0 size 12{E rSub { size 8{B} } /N rSub { size 8{0} } } {}. The second one is due to signal distortion such as ISI.

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