Dobrushin conditions and systematic scan
Dyer, Martin, Goldberg, Leslie Ann and Jerrum, Mark (2006) Dobrushin conditions and systematic scan. In: 9th International Workshop on Approximation Algorithms for Combinatorial Optimization Problems/10th International Workshop on Randomization and Computation, Barcelona, SPAIN, AUG 28-30, 2006. Published in: APPROXIMATION, RANDOMIZATION AND COMBINATORIAL OPTIMIZATION: ALGORITHMS AND TECHNIQUES, 4110 pp. 327-338.Full text not available from this repository.
We consider Glauber dynamics on finite spin systems. The mixing time of Glauber dynamics can be bounded in terms of the influences of sites on each other. We consider three parameters bounding these influences - alpha, the total influence on a site, as studied by Dobrushin; alpha', the total influence of a site, as studied by Dobrushin and Shlosman; and alpha", the total influence of a site in any given context, which is related to the path-coupling method of Bubley and Dyer. It is known that if any of these parameters is less than 1 then random-update Glauber dynamics (in which a randomly-chosen site is updated at each step) is rapidly mixing. It is also known that the Dobrushin condition alpha < 1 implies that systematic-scan Glauber dynamics (in which sites are updated in a deterministic order) is rapidly mixing. This paper studies two related issues, primarily in the context of systematic scan: (1) the relationship between the parameters alpha, alpha' and alpha", and (2) the relationship between proofs of rapid mixing using Dobrushin uniqueness (which typically use analysis techniques) and proofs of rapid mixing using path coupling. We use matrix-balancing to show that the Dobrushin-Shlosman condition alpha' < 1 implies rapid mixing of systematic scan. An interesting question is whether the rapid mixing results for scan can be extended to the alpha = 1 or alpha' = 1 case. We give positive results for the rapid mixing of systematic scan for certain alpha = 1 cases. As an application, we show rapid mixing of systematic scan (for any scan order) for heat-bath Glauber dynamics for proper q-colourings of a degree-Delta graph G when q >= 2 Delta.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Electronic computers. Computer science. Computer software|
|Series Name:||LECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE|
|Journal or Publication Title:||APPROXIMATION, RANDOMIZATION AND COMBINATORIAL OPTIMIZATION: ALGORITHMS AND TECHNIQUES|
|Editor:||Draz, J and Jansen, K and Rolim, JDP and Zwick, U|
|Number of Pages:||12|
|Page Range:||pp. 327-338|
|Title of Event:||9th International Workshop on Approximation Algorithms for Combinatorial Optimization Problems/10th International Workshop on Randomization and Computation|
|Location of Event:||Barcelona, SPAIN|
|Date(s) of Event:||AUG 28-30, 2006|
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