We address the use of the extrinsic information generated by each component decoder in an iterative decoding process. The BJCR algorithm proposed by Bahl et al. (1974) and the soft-output Viterbi algorithm (SOVA) are considered as component decoders. In both cases, we consider, in a unified view, various feedback schemes which use the extrinsic information in different fashions. Numerical results for a classical rate-1/2 turbo code and a serially concatenated code transmitted over a memoryless additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel are provided. The performance of the considered schemes leads to interesting remarks about the nature of the extrinsic information.
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