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Counting, Sampling and Integrating


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Foreword.- 1 Two good counting algorithms.- 1.1 Spanning trees.- 1.2 Perfect matchings in a planar graph.- 2 #P-completeness.- 2.1 The class #P.- 2.2 A primal #P-complete problem.- 2.3 Computing the permanent is hard on average.- 3 Sampling and counting.- 3.1 Preliminaries.- 3.2 Reducing approximate countingto almost uniform sampling.- 3.3 Markov chains.- 4 Coupling and colourings.- 4.1 Colourings of a low-degree graph.- 4.2 Bounding mixing time using coupling.- 4.3 Path coupling.- 5 Canonical paths and matchings.- 5.1 Matchings in a graph.- 5.2 Canonical paths.- 5.3 Back to matchings.- 5.4 Extensions and further applications.- 5.5 Continuous time.- 6 Volume of a convex body.- 6.1 A few remarks on Markov chainswith continuous state space.- 6.2 Invariant measure of the ball walk.- 6.3 Mixing rate of the ball walk.- 6.4 Proof of the Poincaru inequality (Theorem 6.7).- 6.5 Proofs of the geometric lemmas.- 6.6 Relaxing the curvature condition.- 6.7 Using samples to estimate volume.- 6.8 Appendix: a proof of Corollary 6.8.- 7 Inapproximability.- 7.1 Independent sets in a low degree graph.

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