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Belief Propagation on Replica Symmetric Random Factor Graph Models

Authors Amin Coja-Oghlan, Will Perkins

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Amin Coja-Oghlan
Will Perkins

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Amin Coja-Oghlan and Will Perkins. Belief Propagation on Replica Symmetric Random Factor Graph Models. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 60, pp. 27:1-27:15, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)


According to physics predictions, the free energy of random factor graph models that satisfy a certain "static replica symmetry" condition can be calculated via the Belief Propagation message passing scheme [Krzakala et al. PNAS, 2007]. Here we prove this conjecture for a wide class of random factor graph models. Specifically, we show that the messages constructed just as in the case of acyclic factor graphs asymptotically satisfy the Belief Propagation equations and that the free energy density is given by the Bethe free energy formula.
  • Gibbs distributions
  • Belief Propagation
  • Bethe Free Energy
  • Random k-SAT


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