Combinatorics and Complexity of Partition Functions
 Format:
 eBook
 Responsibility:
 by Alexander Barvinok
 Language:
 English
 Publication info:
 Cham, Germany. 2016. Springer International Publishing,Imprint: Springer
 Series:
 Algorithms and Combinatorics; 30
 Abstract:
 Partition functions arise in combinatorics and related problems of statistical physics as they encode in a succinct way the combinatorial structure of complicated systems. The main focus of the book is on efficient ways to compute (approximate) various partition functions, such as permanents, hafnians and their higherdimensional versions, graph and hypergraph matching polynomials, the independence polynomial of a graph and partition functions enumerating 01 and integer points in polyhedra, which allows one to make algorithmic advances in otherwise intractable problems. The book unifies various, often quite recent, results scattered in the literature, concentrating on the three main approaches: scaling, interpolation and correlation decay. The prerequisites include moderate amounts of real and complex analysis and linear algebra, making the book accessible to advanced math and physics undergraduates. . … Read more
 Table of Contents:

Chapter I. Introduction Chapter II. Preliminaries Chapter III. Permanents Chapter IV. Hafnians and Multidimensional Permanents Chapter V. The Matching Polynomial Chapter VI. The Independence Polynomial Chapter VII. The Graph Homomorphism Partition Function Chapter VIII. Partition Functions of Integer Flows References Index. Chapter I. Introduction Chapter II. Preliminaries Chapter III. Permanents Chapter IV. Hafnians and Multidimensional Permanents Chapter V. The Matching Polynomial Chapter VI. The Independence Polynomial
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