Probing tails of energy distributions using importance-sampling in the disorder with a guiding function Academic Article uri icon


  • We propose a simple and general procedure based on a recently introduced approach that uses an importance-sampling Monte Carlo algorithm in the disorder to probe to high precision the tails of ground-state energy distributions of disordered systems. Our approach requires an estimate of the ground-state energy distribution as a guiding function which can be obtained from simple-sampling simulations. In order to illustrate the algorithm, we compute the ground-state energy distribution of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick mean-field Ising spin glass to 18 orders of magnitude. We find that if the ground-state energy distribution in the thermodynamic limit is described by a modified Gumbel distribution, as previously predicted, then the value of the slope parameter m is clearly larger than 6 and of the order of 11. © 2006 IOP Publishing Ltd. and SISSA.

author list (cited authors)

  • K?rner, M., Katzgraber, H. G., & Hartmann, A. K.

citation count

  • 20

publication date

  • April 2006