Jing YangDepartment of Mathematical Sciences, Tsinghua UniversityMaosheng XiongDepartment of Mathematics, The Hong Kong University of Science andTechnologyLingliXiaBasic Courses Department, Beijing Union University
Finite Fields and Their Applications, 36, 41-62, 2015
Cyclic codes are an important class of linear codes, whose weight distribution have been extensively studied. So far, most of previous results obtained were for cyclic codes with no more than three nonzeros. Recently, the authors of constructed a class of cyclic codes with arbitrary number of nonzeros, and computed the weight distribution for several cases. In this paper, we determine the weight distribution for a new family of such codes. This is achieved by introducing certain new methods, such as the theory of Jacobi sums over finite fields and subtle treatment of some complicated combinatorial identities.