Mixing Points on a Circle
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- Randall D., Winkler P. (2005) Mixing Points on a Circle. In: Chekuri C., Jansen K., Rolim J.D.P., Trevisan L. (eds) Approximation, Randomization and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3624. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
We determine, up to a log factor, the mixing time of a Markov chain whose state space consists of the successive distances between n labeled “dots” on a circle, in which one dot is selected uniformly at random and moved to a uniformly random point between its two neighbors. The method involves novel use of auxiliary discrete Markov chains to keep track of a vector of quadratic parameters.
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