Approximating the partition function of the ferromagnetic potts model

  title={Approximating the partition function of the ferromagnetic potts model},
  author={Leslie Ann Goldberg and Mark Jerrum},
  booktitle={J. ACM},
We provide evidence that it is computationally difficult to approximate the partition function of the ferromagnetic q-state Potts model when q > 2. Specifically, we show that the partition function is hard for the complexity class #RHPi under approximation-preserving reducibility. Thus, it is as hard to approximate the partition function as it is to find approximate solutions to a wide range of counting problems, including that of determining the number of independent sets in a bipartite graph… CONTINUE READING
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