Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors Paper


Computer Science

First Advisor

Robert P. Webber, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Robb J. Koether, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Robert D. May, Ph.D.


Cryptography, the art of writing secret messages, has been practiced for almost 3000 years. Two people have a message to communicate to each other , with a chance of an outside person intercepting the message before it reaches the receiver . Therefore, the message must be put through an encryption scheme to keep the intervening person from finding the true nature of the message . An encryption scheme is coding a message using an enciphering key and then decoding the coded message with a deciphering key .



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