Idempotency

Idempotency

Description

Certain nonlinear optimization problems arising in such disparate areas as the theory of computation, pure and applied probability and mathematical physics, can be solved by linear methods, provided one replaces the usual number system with one in which addition satisfies the idempotent law. This systematic study of the subject has emerged, triggered in part by a workshop organized by Hewlett-Packard's Basic Research Institute in the Mathematical Sciences (BRIMS), which brought together many leading researchers in the area. This volume is a record of that workshop, but it also includes other invited contributions, a broad Introduction to Idempotency, written specially for the book, and a bibliography of the subject. In sum, the articles cover both practical and more theoretical considerations, making it essential reading for all workers in the area.


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Details

Author(s)
H. K. Moffatt, John M. Taylor, Michael Atiyah, Jeremy Gunawardena
Format
Hardback | 456 pages
Dimensions
159 x 235 x 31mm | 840g
Publication date
09 Sep 2004
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
25 Line drawings, unspecified
ISBN10
052155344X
ISBN13
9780521553445