Bounds on the minimum distance of linear codes

Bounds on linear codes [24,6] over GF(4)

lower bound:14
upper bound:14


Construction of a linear code [24,6,14] over GF(4):
[1]:  [26, 6, 16] Quasicyclic of degree 2 Linear Code over GF(2^2)
     QuasiCyclicCode of length 26 with generating polynomials: w*x^12 + w^2*x^11 + w*x^10 + w*x^9 + w^2*x^8 + w*x^7 + x^6 + 1,  x^11 + x^10 + w*x^9 + w^2*x^8 + 
w^2*x^7 + w*x^6 + w*x^5 + w^2*x^4 + w^2*x^3 + w*x^2 + x + 1
[2]:  [24, 6, 14] Linear Code over GF(2^2)
     Puncturing of [1] at { 25 .. 26 }

last modified: 2001-12-17

From Brouwer's table (as of 2007-02-13)

Lb(24,6) = 14 is found by truncation of:
Lb(26,6) = 16 Gu 

Ub(24,6) = 14 is found by considering truncation to:
Ub(23,6) = 13 BGV
BGV: Iliya Bouyukliev, Markus Grassl & Zlatko Varbanov, New bounds for n4(k;d) and classification of some optimal codes over GF(4), Discrete Mathematics 281 (2004) 43-66.

Gu: T. A. Gulliver, personal communications 1993-1998.


  • All codes establishing the lower bounds were constructed using MAGMA.
  • Upper bounds are taken from the tables of Andries E. Brouwer, with the exception of codes over GF(7) with n>50. For most of these codes, the upper bounds are rather weak. Upper bounds for codes over GF(7) with small dimension have been provided by Rumen Daskalov.
  • Special thanks to John Cannon for his support in this project.
  • A prototype version of MAGMA's code database over GF(2) was written by Tat Chan in 1999 and extended later that year by Damien Fisher. The current release version was developed by Greg White over the period 2001-2006.
  • Thanks also to Allan Steel for his MAGMA support.
  • My apologies to all authors that have contributed codes to this table for not giving specific credits.

  • If you have found any code improving the bounds or some errors, please send me an e-mail:
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