Statistical Mechanics in Optimization Problems

  • Pik-Yin Lai
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 45)


The idea of treating certain difficult combinatorial optimization problems using the concepts and techniques in statistical mechanics is discussed. The NP-complete problem of graph coloring is used as a simple illustration.


Statistical Mechanic Spin Glass Chromatic Number Graph Coloring Polynomial Algorithm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pik-Yin Lai
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  1. 1.Center for Simulational PhysicsUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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