We use entropy ideas to study hard-core distributions on the independent sets of a finite, regular bipartite graph, specifically distributions according to which each independent set I is chosen with probability proportional to λ[mid ]I[mid ] for some fixed λ > 0. Among the results obtained are rather precise bounds on occupation probabilities; a ‘phase transition’ statement for Hamming cubes; and an exact upper bound on the number of independent sets in an n-regular bipartite graph on a given number of vertices.
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