Phase Transitions in Discrete Structures

  • Amin Coja-OghlanEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series (LNM, volume 2144)


Over the past 20 years physicists have developed an ingenious but non-rigorous approach to random discrete structures, the so-called cavity method. This technique has led to many intriguing predictions as to, e.g., the precise location and nature of phase transitions and the performance of algorithms. In these notes I give a brief survey of the cavity method as well as an introduction into recent mathematical research aiming at putting the cavity method on a rigorous foundation.


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I am grateful to Victor Bapst for his comments on a draft version of these notes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mathematics InstituteGoethe UniversityFrankfurtGermany

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