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### Is there a mathematical axiomatization of time (other than, perhaps, entropy)?

Since Euclid's axiomatization of space, we have developed a sophisticated mathematical model of space. Given a category of structures (measures), local space is modeled the spectrum of measurements ...

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### Is this graph polynomial known? Can it be efficiently computed?

I am a physicist, so apologies in advance for any confusing notation or terminology; I'll happily clarify. To provide a minimal amount of context, the following graph polynomial came up in my research ...

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### Bouncing a ball down the stairs

In a nutshell, the question is whether it can be faster to bounce a ball down an infinite flight of stairs than to bounce it down a ramp with the same slope.
To be more specific: this is a $2$ ...

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### When should we expect Tracy-Widom?

The Tracy-Widom law describes, among other things, the fluctuations of maximal eigenvalues of many random large matrix models. Because of its universal character, it obtained his position on the ...

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### Are there lots of integer homology three-spheres?

The problem of counting combinatorial three-spheres with $N$ simplices has implications for some partition functions in physics (see a paper by Benedetti and Ziegler for more background and ...

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### Why don't existence and uniqueness for the Boltzmann equation imply the same for Navier-Stokes?

As I understand it, Lions and DiPerna demonstrated existence and uniqueness for the Boltzmann equation. Moreover, this paper claims that
Appropriately scaled families of
DiPerna–Lions ...

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### An Entropy Inequality (generalized)

Let $X,Y$ be probability measures on $\{1,2,\dots,n\}$. For $0\le \alpha \le 1$, set $K=\sum_i X(i)^\alpha Y(i)^{1-\alpha}$ so that $Z:=\frac{1}{K}X^\alpha Y^{1-\alpha}$ is also a probability ...

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### Pennies on a carpet problem

I recently read the following "open problem" titled "Pennies on a carpet" in "An Introduction To Probability and Random Processes" by Baclawski and Rota (page viii of book, page 10 of following ...

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### Ising model on groups

Can anything interesting be deduced about the properties of a group from the behavior of the Ising model on its Cayley graph? (i.e. existence and character of phase transitions, critical behavior) I'm ...

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### How much universality is there for contact processes?

A couple of weeks ago I had to pick my daughter up from her nursery because of suspected chicken pox. It turned out to be a false alarm, but while I was waiting at the doctor's surgery to establish ...

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### 2d Ising model in conformal fields theory and statistical mechanics

I am not completely sure that this question is appropriate for this mathematical site. But since in the past I did get on MO couple of times nice answers to rather physical questions, I will try. ...

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### Can I derive the Boltzmann distribution by an invariance argument?

In statistical mechanics, the Boltzmann distribution gives the probability of a system being in state $i$ as
$$\displaystyle \frac{e^{- \beta E_i}}{\sum_i e^{-\beta E_i}}$$
where $E_i$ is the energy ...

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### What (if anything) happened to Viennot's theory of Heaps of pieces?

In 1986 G.X. Viennot published "Heaps of pieces, I : Basic definitions and combinatorial lemmas" where he developed the theory of heaps of pieces, from the abstract: a geometric interpretation of ...

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### Arctic regions in higher dimensional zonotopes

Same way as the two dimensional tilings by rhombi come from minimal surfaces in a $D$ dimensional cubical lattice as mentioned in this answer, one can consider higher dimensional zonotopes tiled by ...

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### Why, and how badly, does the proof of “no percolation at the critical point in half-spaces” fail for full spaces?

The proof by Barsky et. al. that there is no percolation in half-spaces proceeds by a dynamic renormalization argument. The proof couples critical percolation in the half-space $\mathbb{H}^d$ with a ...

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### Is there a percolation threshold in the hard discs model?

Take a random configuration of $n$ non-overlapping discs of radius $r$ in the unit square $[0,1]^2$. (You could think of this as taking $n$ points uniform randomly in $[r,1-r]^2$ and then restricting ...

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### How is the Ising model an example of a lattice model as per Kontsevich?

In section 3.2 of Kontsevich's very interesting paper "Notes on motives in finite characteristic,", he gives an axiomatic definition of a "lattice model" attached to a Boltzmann datum (V_1,V_2,R), ...

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### Ising model - phase transition vs rapid mixing

Consider a graph $G=(V,E)$ and Ising model on that graph, i.e. configuration space is $\Omega=${$-1,+1$}$^V$ and energy of a configuration $s \in \Omega$ is given by:
$H(s) = -\beta \sum_{u \sim ...

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### Probabilistic (and other mathematical) methods of physics without the physics?

Many of the methods of physics are vastly more general than their use in that discipline. For example, information theory overlaps with a lot of statistical mechanics, and the latter actually ...

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### Exponential bounds for the number of lattice animals with a given boundary.

Hi all,
I am doing a work in collaboration with other mathematicians about phase transition in the Ising model and we need to know if exponential upper bounds exist for the number of lattice animals ...

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### Wick rotation and the Riemann zeta function

The goal of this question is to conceptualize in some way the fact that the Riemann zeta function $\zeta(s)$, and other zeta functions like it, have analytic continuations.
Background
I have by now ...

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### Persistence of fixed points under perturbation in dynamical systems

Suppose we have a smooth dynamical system on $R^n$ (defined by a system of ODEs). Assuming that the system has a finite set of fixed points, I am interested in knowing (or obtaining references about) ...

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### Entropy of the Ising model

Consider the standard Ising model on $[0,N]^2$ for $N$ large. By that I mean the square-lattice Ising model without external field, inside an $N$-by-$N$ square. What is its entropy for $N$ large? It ...

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### computing average height-functions for lozenge tilings

Can anyone suggest a simple and efficient way (preferably embodied in computer code) to compute the average height function for lozenge tilings of an $a,b,c,a,b,c$ semiregular hexagon? I prefer to ...

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### Correlation-Function for Random Graph Ising Model

For non-Ising'ers: Given a graph, we study the probability-distribution on the set of colorings ("Spin-up" and "-down") generated by a given correlation ("force to equality") between adjacient nodes ...

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### Exact enumerations from two-dimensional stat mech models

Exact enumerations corresponding to the dimer model on a hexagonal grid, the dimer model on a square grid, and the four-vertex (aka square ice) model on a square grid are known, namely: lozenge ...

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### Ising model on lattices with (vertical side length) $\neq$ (horizontal side length)

Consider the Ising model with nearest neighbours interactions on a rectangular lattice $L\times M$.
If $L=M$ ($2$-dimensional square lattice), it is known (e.g., by Peierls' argument or Onsager's ...

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### Does there exist a potential which realizes this strange quantum mechanical system?

I have done some courses on quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics in the past. Since I also do math, I wonder about converge issues which are usually not such a problem in physics. One of those ...

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### Existence of Limiting Distribution for Moving Regions in Stat. Phys. Models

As the title (hopefully) suggests, I've been trying to prove (or disprove) the existence of a limiting distribution for a certain projection in a statistical physics model. I'll give the details of ...

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### Examples of Slowly Mixing Chains in Statistics

This should probably be community wiki, but I don't know how to set that myself.
I'm looking for examples or Markov chains that are used in statistics or statistical physics, and which are known to ...

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### Does the random Lorenz gas have a non-trivial diffusion coefficient?

For the periodic Lorenz gas Sinai showed that rescaling the trajectory of the tracer particle yields Brownian motion in the limit. Does there exist a similar result for the random Lorenz gas? If ...

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### For which values of $N$ is known the Lieb-Simon Inequality for $Z_N$ Models ?

Background:
Let $\mathbb Z^d$ denote the $d$-dimensional integer lattice with norm $|x|=\sum_i|x_i|$.
For each $x\in\mathbb Z^d$ we associate a spin variable, $\sigma_x$ taking values on the set
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### References for a physicist migrating to stochastic processes

I've studied "Markov Chains" - Norris and "Measure, Integral and Probability" - Capinski, Kopp. Now, I'm looking for a couple of books (or other references) that help me bridging these two topics. ...

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### Ergodic theory: from Dynamics to Gibbs measure

I'm trying to understand the ergodic theory approach to statistical mechanics, namely how ergodic measure preserving dynamics lead to the Gibbs measure.
I have a compact space $X$, a probability ...

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### Distance metric between two sample distributions (histograms)

Context: I want to compare the sample probability distributions (PDFs) of two datasets (generated from a dynamical system). These datasets depend on a set of parameters, and I want a concise way to ...

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### Harmonic Crystal using Random Walk

Me and my advisor were looking for a specific proof of the disorder in $2d$ harmonic crystals. We could not find a paper or a textbook with it, so I thought trying my luck here.
Basically, it is a ...

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### Beraha numbers and zeros of the chromatic polynomial of planar graphs

Question: What is the largest Beraha number known to be an accumulation point of real zeros of the chromatic polynomial of planar graphs?
Background:
The Beraha numbers $B_n=2+2cos(2\pi/n), ...

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### Importance of Ornstein's isomorphism theorem

"Perhaps the most important parts of the Ornstein theory are criteria for determining whether or not a shift or flow is Bernoulli (a Bernoulli shift, $B_{ct}$ , or $B_{t}^{\infty}$) because it allows ...

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### Full distribution of FPTs in random walks on graphs

There is a lot of published research on the mean passage passage time (FPT) for random walks on various types of graphs. How about the variance of the FPT and higher momenta? In fact, I would be ...

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### Kasteleyn, Gessel-Viennot and eigenvalues

The Kasteleyn matrix (for counting perfect matchings) and the Lindström-Gessel-Viennot matrix (for counting families of nonintersecting lattice paths) are tightly related, as observed many times by ...

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### Elementary proof of lack of phase transition in Ising models with external fields

I have a question about the phase transitions in the Ising model in the presence of a (constant) external magnetic field. I will state the question on $\mathbb Z^2$ for simplicity. A definition of the ...

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### Proving conformal invariance of a field theory by property of its stress energy tensor.

I have a question about proving conformal invariance of a field theory by property of its stress energy tensor.
In physics there is argument that when the stress-energy tensor is traceless, ...

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### Statistical physics of string theory

Is there any connection between statistical physics and string theory, or a statistical interpretation of string theory, perhaps? I mean, the way electromagnetic forces and thermodynamic laws are ...

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### Mathematical means of studying large and complex but finite systems?

I want a list of the sort of mathematics/mathematical tools that are applied to the study of complex and probabilistic systems in order to make quantitative and qualitative observations about their ...

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### Connective constant for self-avoiding walks on a skip-chain

Suppose we have an undirected graph with integer valued nodes where $0<|i-j|\le 2$ implies nodes $i$ and $j$ are connected. Let $c_n$ be the number of self-avoiding walks on this graph of length ...

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### What is known about first return times to Markov partitions for Anosov diffeomorphisms?

Consider an Anosov diffeomorphism $T: M \rightarrow M$ and a corresponding Markov partition $\mathcal{R}$ of $M$. For $x \in M$, let $\mathcal{R}(x)$ denote the element of $\mathcal{R}$ containing $x$ ...

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### Generalized Markov Processes on CW complexes of dimension > 1

Markov processes have a large variety of applications to physics and chemistry (as well as many other fields). Such processes are formulated on graphs, i.e., CW complexes of dimension one. It is ...

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### The relations between the Perelman's entropy functional and notions of entropy from statistical mechanics

I am looking for the relations and analogies between the Perelman's entropy functional,$\mathcal{W}(g,f,\tau)=\int_M [\tau(|\nabla f|^2+R)+f-n] (4\pi\tau)^{-\frac{n}{2}}e^{-f}dV$, and notions of ...

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### Ising model: probability of a long path of minus under plus boundary conditions

Consider for example the Ising model on a square lattice. Fix zero magnetic field and plus boundary conditions.
Low temperature, one minus spin. With a Peierls argument one can prove that, given a ...

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### Ising entropy of a finite L_1 x L_2 lattice

We know the entropy per site of the 2-d Ising model from Onsager's solution.
Has anybody also calculated the entropy for a finite rectangle of size L_1 x L_2
with periodic boundary conditions (i.e. on ...