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Predictability in Nonequilibrium Discrete Spin Dynamics

Daniel Stein
New York University

Understanding the dynamical behavior of many-particle systems both in and out of equilibrium is a central issue in statistical mechanics. One question involves the relative importance of "nature vs. nurture" : that is, given a system with a random initial state evolving through a well-defined stochastic dynamics, how much of the information contained in the state at future times depends on the initial condition ("nature") and how much on the dynamical realization ("nurture")? I will discuss this question and present both old and new results for low-dimensional discrete spin systems.

Earlier Event: May 17
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