## Description

A binary or \(q\)-ary code that (weakly) minimizes all completely monotonic potentials on binary space [7].

All codes that obtain a linear programming (LP) bound by Delsarte [8] are universally optimal [7]. Such codes are called LP universally optimal or extremal. However, not all universally optimal codes attain the Delsarte LP bound. See [9; Table 12.1] ([7; Table 1]) for a list of (LP) universally optimal codes. See [9; Sec. 12.4] for further discussion.

All codes that attain the Levenshtein bound [1–4], which estimates the solution to Delsarte's linear program, are universally optimal [5]; see [9; Thm. 12.3.23]. However, not all universally optimal codes attain the Levenshtein bound.

## Parents

## Children

- Hamming code — Binary Hamming codes and several of their extended, punctured, and shortened versions are LP universally optimal codes [7].
- Conference code — Conference codes are LP universally optimal codes [7].
- Maximum distance separable (MDS) code — MDS codes are LP universally optimal codes [7].
- \(q\)-ary Hamming code — Hamming codes and their punctured and shortened versions are LP universally optimal codes [7].
- Simplex code — Simplex codes and their punctured versions are LP universally optimal codes [7].
- \(q\)-ary sharp configuration — All \(q\)-ary sharp configurations are universally optimal \(q\)-ary codes [7], but the converse is not true.

## Cousins

- Golay code — The Golay code and several of its extended, shortened, and punctured versions are LP universally optimal codes [7].
- Hadamard code — Several punctured versions of Hadamard codes are LP universally optimal codes [7].
- Extended Hamming code — Several extended Hamming codes are LP universally optimal codes [7].
- Constant-weight code — See [3; Table 8.4] for constant-weight universally optimal \(q\)-ary codes.
- Ternary Golay code — The ternary Golay code and several of its extended, shortened, and punctured versions are LP universally optimal codes [7].
- Ovoid code — Several shortened and punctured versions of the ovoid code are LP universally optimal codes [7].

## References

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- A. Askikhmin, A. Barg, and S. Litsyn, “Estimates of the distance distribution of codes and designs”, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 47, 1050 (2001) DOI
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- H. Cohn and Y. Zhao, “Energy-Minimizing Error-Correcting Codes”, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 60, 7442 (2014) arXiv:1212.1913 DOI
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- P. Delsarte, “Bounds for unrestricted codes, by linear programming,” Philips Research Reports, vol. 27, pp. 272–289, 1972
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“Universally optimal \(q\)-ary code”, The Error Correction Zoo (V. V. Albert & P. Faist, eds.), 2023. https://errorcorrectionzoo.org/c/univ_opt_q-ary