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Marc Mézard and Andrea Montanari

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570837.001.0001

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Introduction to combinatorial optimization

Introduction to combinatorial optimization

(p.47) 3 Introduction to combinatorial optimization
Information, Physics, and Computation

Marc Mézard

Andrea Montanari

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an elementary introduction to some basic concepts in theoretical computer science. It includes basic notions of graph theory and an informal introduction to computational complexity, presenting the basic classes P, NP, and NP-complete. These notions are illustrated by discussions of the minimal spanning tree and satisfiability problems, and by applications from statistical physics (spin glasses and maximum cuts), and from coding theory (decoding complexity).

Keywords:   computational complexity, NP-complete, graph theory, satisfiability, spin glasses, decoding complexity, minimal spanning tree

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