Probability Seminar

The probability seminar is a weekly seminar featuring the latest research in pure and applied probability. Speakers include internationally renowned probabilists as well as probabilistic work from related disciplines including computer science and operations research. It also presents graduate students a friendly environment to present their research.

The seminar is held weekly in 1011 Evans on Wednesdays at 3pm, except when otherwise indicated.

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Upcoming Probability Seminars

Will Perkins, University of Illinois at Chicago
Feb 20, 2019 3:00pm
1011 Evans Hall
Abstract:
What is the connection between a phase transition in a statistical physics model and the computational complexity of sampling from the given model? In the setting of the hard-core and Potts models on lattices, it is known that in the phase coexistence regime the Glauber dynamics mix slowly. Using some of the same tools used to prove slow mixing (the cluster expansion and Pirogov-Sinai theory), we...