An introduction to Monte Carlo methods

@article{Walter2015AnIT,
  title={An introduction to Monte Carlo methods},
  author={J. Walter and G. Barkema},
  journal={Physica A-statistical Mechanics and Its Applications},
  year={2015},
  volume={418},
  pages={78-87}
}
Monte Carlo simulations are methods for simulating statistical systems. The aim is to generate a representative ensemble of configurations to access thermodynamical quantities without the need to solve the system analytically or to perform an exact enumeration. The main principles of Monte Carlo simulations are ergodicity and detailed balance. The Ising model is a lattice spin system with nearest neighbor interactions that is appropriate to illustrate different examples of Monte Carlo… Expand
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