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Random Walks and Heat Kernels on Graphs

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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107674424

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  • This introduction to random walks on infinite graphs gives particular emphasis to graphs with polynomial volume growth. It offers an overview of analytic methods, starting with the connection between random walks and electrical resistance, and then proceeding to study the use of isoperimetric and Poincaré inequalities. The book presents rough isometries and looks at the properties of a graph that are stable under these transformations. Applications include the 'type problem': determining whether a graph is transient or recurrent. The final chapters show how geometric properties of the graph can be used to establish heat kernel bounds, that is, bounds on the transition probabilities of the random walk, and it is proved that Gaussian bounds hold for graphs that are roughly isometric to Euclidean space. Aimed at graduate students in mathematics, the book is also useful for researchers as a reference for results that are hard to find elsewhere.

    • Connects geometry and probability, showing how geometric properties of the graph can be used to estimate the heat kernel
    • Introduces important analytic inequalities in the graph context
    • Written by a leading researcher who has made significant contributions to this area of study
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    'This book, written with great care, is a comprehensive course on random walks on graphs, with a focus on the relation between rough geometric properties of the underlying graph and the asymptotic behavior of the random walk on it. It is accessible to graduate students but may also serve as a good reference for researchers. It contains the usual material about random walks on graphs and its connections to discrete potential theory and electrical resistance (Chapters 1, 2 and 3). The heart of the book is then devoted to the study of the heat kernel (Chapters 4, 5 and 6). The author develops sufficient conditions under which sub-Gaussian or Gaussian bounds for the heat kernel hold (both on-diagonal and off diagonal; both upper and lower bounds).' Nicolas Curien, Mathematical Review

    'The book under review delineates very thoroughly the general theory of random walks on weighted graphs. The author’s expertise in both probability and analysis is apparent in the exposition and the elegant proofs depicted in the book.' Eviatar B. Procaccia, Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107674424
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 8 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Random walks and electrical resistance
    3. Isoperimetric inequalities and applications
    4. Discrete time heat kernel
    5. Continuous time random walks
    6. Heat kernel bounds
    7. Potential theory and Harnack inequalities
    Appendix A

  • Author

    Martin T. Barlow, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Martin T. Barlow is Professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of British Columbia. He was one of the founders of the mathematical theory of diffusions on fractals, and more recently has worked on random walks on random graphs. He gave a talk at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in 1990, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005. He is the winner of the Jeffrey-Williams Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society and the CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize of the three Canadian mathematics institutes (the Centre de recherches mathématiques, the Fields Institute, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences).

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