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Statistical Physics of Spin Glasses and Information Processing: An Introduction

Hidetoshi Nishimori


Spin glasses are magnetic materials with strong disorder. Statistical mechanics has been a powerful tool to theoretically analyse various unique properties of spin glasses. A number of new analytical techniques have been developed to establish a theory of spin glasses. Surprisingly, these techniques have offered new tools and viewpoints for the understanding of information processing problems, including neural networks, error-correcting codes, image restoration, and optimization problems. A vast, interdisciplinary field has consequently been developing between physics and information, or more ... More

Keywords: spin glass, information theory, error-correcting codes, statistical mechanics, replica method, image restoration, neural networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198509417
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509417.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hidetoshi Nishimori, author
Department of Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology