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2007 A note on Talagrand's positivity principle
Dmitriy Panchenko
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Electron. Commun. Probab. 12: 401-410 (2007). DOI: 10.1214/ECP.v12-1326


Talagrand's positivity principle states that one can slightly perturb a Hamiltonian in the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model in such a way that the overlap of two configurations under the perturbed Gibbs' measure will become typically nonnegative. In this note we observe that abstracting from the setting of the SK model only improves the result and does not require any modifications in Talagrand's argument. In this version, for example, positivity principle immediately applies to the setting of replica symmetry breaking interpolation. Also, abstracting from the SK model improves the conditions in the Ghirlanda-Guerra identities and as a consequence results in a perturbation of smaller order necessary to ensure positivity of the overlap.


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Dmitriy Panchenko. "A note on Talagrand's positivity principle." Electron. Commun. Probab. 12 401 - 410, 2007.


Accepted: 21 October 2007; Published: 2007
First available in Project Euclid: 6 June 2016

zbMATH: 1140.60355
MathSciNet: MR2350577
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/ECP.v12-1326

Primary: 60K35
Secondary: 82B44


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