On Hypothesis Testing Against Independence with Multiple Decision Centers

Sadaf Salehkalaibar, Michele Wigger, Roy Timo

A distributed binary hypothesis testing problem is studied with one observer and two decision centers. Achievable type-II error exponents are derived for testing against conditional independence when the observer communicates with the two decision centers over one common and two individual noise-free bit pipes and when it communicates with them over a noisy broadcast channel (BC). The results are based on a coding and testing scheme that splits the observations into subblocks, so that transmitter and receivers can independently apply to each subblock either Gray-Wyner coordination coding with side-information or hybrid joint source-channel coding with side-information, followed by a Neyman-Pearson test over the subblocks at the receivers. This approach allows to avoid introducing further error exponents that one would expect from the receivers' decoding operations related to binning or the noisy transmission channel. The derived exponents are shown to be optimal in some special cases when communication is over noise-free links. The results reveal a tradeoff between the type-II error exponents at the two decision centers.

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