Friday, July 26, 2013

1307.6647 (Martin Weigel et al.)

Efficient simulation of the random-cluster model    [PDF]

Martin Weigel, Eren Metin Elçi
The simulation of spin models close to critical points of continuous phase transitions is heavily impeded by the occurrence of critical slowing down. A number of cluster algorithms, usually based on the Fortuin-Kasteleyn representation of the Potts model, and suitable generalizations for continuous-spin models have been used to increase simulation efficiency. The first algorithm making use of this representation, suggested by Sweeny in 1983, has not found widespread adoption due to problems in its implementation. However, it has been recently shown that it is indeed more efficient in reducing critical slowing down than the more well-known algorithm due to Swendsen and Wang. Here, we present an efficient implementation of Sweeny's approach for the random-cluster model using recent algorithmic advances in dynamic connectivity algorithms.
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