Title

Randomly exact methods

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1986

Abstract

Important advances in the understanding of "random" processes have produced a variety of stochastic algorithms that offer unprecedented scope and utility in the study of physical systems. These algorithms represent a departure from the usual philosophy inherent in the study of many-body problems and have a number of significant features. Chief among these features are simplicity, weak dependence on dimensionality, and ease of transition between classical and quantum-mechanical descriptions. These methods are also readily adapted for use on massively parallel computer architectures. These new stochastic methods represent a valuable addition to the tools available for the analysis of both equilibrium and time-dependent many-body problems.

Publication Title

Science

Volume

234

Issue

4782

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