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Applications of extended ensemble Monte Carlo

Wednesday 1st November 2006 - 09:00 to 10:00
INI Seminar Room 1

"Extended Ensemble Monte Carlo" is proposed as a generic term which indicates methods such as Parallel Tempering and Multicanonical Monte Carlo. These methods sample a composition or extension of given distributions, and provide a simple and practical way to attack slow mixing and ergodicity problems. The purpose of the talk is not to present a novel algorithm, but explore variations and applications of the algorithms, including their use in statistical physics, combinatorics, and rare event sampling. It is stressed that overcoming slow mixing is a key for the extension of application fields of MCMC.

University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons