On the Importance Sampling of Self-Avoiding Walks


In a 1976 paper published in Science, Knuth presented an algorithm to sample (non-uniform) self-avoiding walks crossing a square of side k. From this sample, he constructed an estimator for the number of such walks. The quality of this estimator is directly related to the (relative) variance of a certain random variable Xk . From his experiments, Knuth… (More)
DOI: 10.1017/S0963548313000643


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