Seminar : Solving Statistical Mechanics: From Mean Field to Neural Networks, then to Tensor Networks
Prof. Pan Zhang - Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Solving Statistical Mechanics: From Mean Field to Neural Networks, then to Tensor Networks
Computing free energy, estimating physical quantities, and generating uncorrelated samples are fundamental problems in statistical mechanics. In this talk I will first overview the classic mean-field methods and message passing algorithms from the variational point of view, then introduce the variational autoregressive networks (VAN), which extends the mean-field methods using neural networks. Finally I will introduce a tensor network based method for stat. mech. on arbitrary graphs, and extend the method to quantum circuit simulations.
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