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Reinforced Random Walks and Statistical Physics

By Pierre Tarrès, NYU Shanghai / Université Paris IX

We explain how the Edge-reinforced random walk, introduced by Coppersmith and Diaconis in 1986, is related to several models in statistical physics, namely the supersymmetric hyperbolic sigma model studied by Disertori, Spencer and Zirnbauer (2010), the random Schrödinger operator and Dynkin's isomorphism. 
These correspondences enable to show recurrence/transience results on the Edge-reinforced random walk, and also to provide insight into these models. This work is joint with Christophe Sabot, and part of it is also in collaboration with Margherita Disertori, Titus Lupu and Xiaolin Zeng. 

Earlier Event: April 2