Probability and combinatorics

Title: Belief Propagation on the random k-SAT model

The seminar will take place at Zoom.


Corroborating a prediction from statistical physics, we prove that the Belief Propagation message passing algorithm approximates the partition function of the random k-SAT model well for all clause/variable densities and all inverse temperatures for which a modest absence of long-range correlations condition is satisfied. This condition is known as “replica symmetry” in physics language. From this result we deduce that a replica symmetry breaking phase transition occurs in the random k-SAT model at low temperature for clause/variable densities below but close to the satisfiability threshold.

This is joint work with Amin Coja-Oghlan and Jean Bernoulli Ravelomanana.