Accelerating Simulated Annealing for the Permanent and Combinatorial Counting Problems

  title={Accelerating Simulated Annealing for the Permanent and Combinatorial Counting Problems},
  author={Ivona Bez{\'a}kov{\'a} and Daniel Stefankovic and Vijay V. Vazirani and Eric Vigoda},
  journal={SIAM J. Comput.},
We present an improved "cooling schedule" for simulated annealing algorithms for combinatorial counting problems. Under our new schedule the rate of cooling accelerates as the temperature decreases. Thus, fewer intermediate temperatures are needed as the simulated annealing algorithm moves from the high temperature (easy region) to the low temperature (difficult region). We present applications of our technique to colorings and the permanent (perfect matchings of bipartite graphs). Moreover… CONTINUE READING
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