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Statistical Physics of Spin Glasses and Information Processing: An Introduction

Hidetoshi Nishimori
Spin glasses are magnetic materials. Statistical mechanics, a subfield of physics, 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 turned out to offer new tools and viewpoints for the understanding of information processing problems, including neural networks, error-correcting codes, image restoration, and optimization problems. This book is one of the first publications of the past ten years that provide a broad overview of this interdisciplinary field. Most of the book is written in a self-contained manner, assuming only a general knowledge of statistical mechanics and basic probability theory. It provides the reader with a sound introduction to the field and to the analytical techniques necessary to follow its most recent developments
International Series of Monographs on Physics 111, July 2001, Clarendon Press, Oxford, UK
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	Booktitle = {Statistical Physics of Spin Glasses and Information Processing},
	Isbn = {978-0-19-850940-0},
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	Publisher = {Clarendon Press},
	Series = {International Series of Monographs on Physics},
	Title = {Statistical Physics of Spin Glasses and Information Processing: An Introduction},
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	Volume = 111,
	Year = 2001}