Variational principle for weakly dependent random fields
Published 2019-07-11Version 1
Using an alternative notion of entropy introduced by Datta, the max-entropy, we present a new simplified framework to study the minimizers of the specific free energy for random fields which are weakly dependent in the sense of Lewis, Pfister, and Sullivan. The framework is then applied to derive the variational principle for the loop $O(n)$ model and the Ising model in a random percolation environment in the nonmagnetic phase, and we explain how to extend the variational principle to similar models. To demonstrate the generality of the framework, we indicate how to naturally fit into it the variational principle for models with an absolutely summable interaction potential, and for the random-cluster model.