Definition: Set of words such that no word of the set is a prefix of another word in the set. A prefix code may be represented by a coding tree.
Note: From Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, page 12-21, Copyright © 1999 by CRC Press LLC. Appearing in the Dictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Copyright © 2000 CRC Press LLC.
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Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, CRC Press LLC, 1999, "prefix code", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 30 April 2007. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/prefixcode.html