Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 52, Issue 3–4, pp 727–734 | Cite as

A note on the cluster variation method

  • Guozhong An


Kikuchi's cluster variation method (CVM) is reformulated as the truncation of a Möbius inversion. An attempt is made to explicate and simplify the various approaches to the CVM. This formulation makes apparent the connection of the method with other types of cluster approximation. An illustration of the procedure is provided.

Key words

Cluster-variation method Möbius inversion 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Guozhong An
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of WashingtonSeattle

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