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David Bruce Wilson

I am a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington math department.

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Articles

[Abs] [PDF] Finitary coloring, by Alexander E. Holroyd, Oded Schramm, and David B. Wilson, 2014. arXiv:1412.2725.

[Abs] [PDF] The space of circular planar electrical networks, by Richard W. Kenyon and David B. Wilson, 2014. arXiv:1411.7425.

[Abs] [PDF] Pfaffian formulas for spanning tree probabilities, by Greta Panova and David B. Wilson, 2014. arXiv:1407.3748.

[Abs] [PDF] A forward-backward single-source shortest paths algorithm, by David B. Wilson and Uri Zwick, 2014. arXiv:1405.7619.
Extended abstract appeared in Proc. 54th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS), pages 707–716, 2013.

[Abs] [PDF] The looping rate and sandpile density of planar graphs, by Adrien Kassel and David B. Wilson, 2014. arXiv:1402.4169.

[Abs] [PDF] The conformal loop ensemble nesting field, by Jason Miller, Samuel S. Watson, and David B. Wilson, 2013. arXiv:1401.0218. To appear in Probability Theory and Related Fields.

[Abs] [PDF] Extreme nesting in the conformal loop ensemble, by Jason Miller, Samuel S. Watson, and David B. Wilson, 2013. arXiv:1401.0217.

[Abs] [PDF] On the asymptotics of dimers on tori, by Richard W. Kenyon, Nike Sun, and David B. Wilson, 2013. arXiv:1310.2603.

[Abs] [PDF] The Hausdorff dimension of the CLE gasket, by Jason Miller, Nike Sun, and David B. Wilson. Annals of Probability, 42(4)1644–1665, 2014. arXiv:1206.0725.

[Abs] [PDF] Dyck tilings, increasing trees, descents, and inversions, by Jang Soo Kim, Karola Mészáros, Greta Panova, and David B. Wilson, Journal of Combinatorial Theory A 122:9-27, 2014. arXiv:1205.6578.
Extended abstract appeared in DMTCS Proceedings for the 24th International Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC 2012), pages 769–780, 2012.

[Abs] [PDF] The min mean-weight cycle in a random network, by Claire Mathieu and David B. Wilson. Combinatorics, Probability & Computing 22(5):763–782, 2013.

[Abs] [PDF] Avoidance coupling, by Omer Angel, Alexander E. Holroyd, James Martin, David B. Wilson, and Peter Winkler. Electronic Communications in Probability, 18(58):1–13, 2013.

[Abs] [PDF] Spanning trees of graphs on surfaces and the intensity of loop-erased random walk on planar graphs, by Richard W. Kenyon and David B. Wilson, 2011. arXiv:1107.3377. To appear in Journal of the American Mathematical Society.

[Abs] [PDF] XOR-Ising loops and the Gaussian free field, by David B. Wilson, 2011. arXiv:1102.3782

[Abs] [PDF] The dimension of loop-erased random walk in 3D, by David B. Wilson. Physical Review E 82(6):062102, 2010.

[Abs] [PDF] PPT Double-dimer pairings and skew Young diagrams, by Richard W. Kenyon and David B. Wilson. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 18(1) #P130, 2011.

[Abs] [PDF] Schramm's proof of Watts' formula, by Scott Sheffield and David B. Wilson. Annals of Probability, 39(5):1844–1863, 2011.

[Abs] [PDF] Approach to criticality in sandpiles, by Anne Fey, Lionel Levine, and David B. Wilson. Physical Review E 82(3):031121, 2010. (Contains proofs of results announced in below PRL article.)

[Abs] [PDF] Driving sandpiles to criticality and beyond, by Anne Fey, Lionel Levine, and David B. Wilson. Physical Review Letters 104:145703, 2010.

[Abs] [PDF] Event-chain Monte Carlo algorithms for hard-sphere systems, by Etienne P. Bernard, Werner Krauth and David B. Wilson. Physical Review E 80(5):056704, 2009.

[Abs] [PDF] Combinatorics of tripartite boundary connections for trees and dimers, by Richard W. Kenyon and David B. Wilson. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 16(1):R112, 2009.

[Abs] [PDF] PPT A sharp threshold for minimum bounded-depth and bounded-diameter spanning trees and Steiner trees in random networks, by Omer Angel, Abraham D. Flaxman, and David B. Wilson. Combinatorica 32(1):1–33, 2012.

[ABS] [PDF] “Coupling from the past,” by James G. Propp and David B. Wilson, Chapter 22 of the textbook “Markov Chains and Mixing Times,” by David A. Levin, Yuval Peres, and Elizabeth L. Wilmer, published by the American Mathematical Society, 2009. [download for free] [order from AMS]

[Abs] [PDF] Chip-firing and rotor-routing on directed graphs, by Alexander E. Holroyd, Lionel Levine, Karola Mészáros, Yuval Peres, James Propp, and David B. Wilson. In and Out of Equilibrium 2, eds. Vladas Sidoravicius and Maria Eulália Vares, “Progress in Probability” #60, pages 331–364, Birkhäuser (2008).

[Abs] [PDF] Card shuffling and Diophantine approximation, by Omer Angel, Yuval Peres, and David B. Wilson. Annals of Applied Probability, 18(3):1215–1231, 2008.

[Abs] [PDF] The electrical response matrix of a regular 2n-gon, by Nathaniel D. Blair-Stahn and David B. Wilson. Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society 137(6):2015–2025, 2009.

[Abs] [PDF] Two-player Knock 'em Down, by James A. Fill and David B. Wilson. Electronic Journal of Probability, 13(9):198–212, 2008.

[Abs] [PDF] Conformal radii for conformal loop ensembles, by Oded Schramm, Scott Sheffield, and David B. Wilson. Communications in Mathematical Physics 288(1):43–53, 2009.

[Abs] [PDF] Boundary partitions in trees and dimers, by Richard W. Kenyon and David B. Wilson. Transactions of the American Mathematical Society 363(3):1325–1364, 2011.

[Abs] [PDF] Tug-of-war and the infinity Laplacian, by Yuval Peres, Oded Schramm, Scott Sheffield, and David B. Wilson. Journal of the American Mathematical Society 22(1):167–210, 2009.

[Abs] [PDF] [Hex] Random-turn Hex and other selection games, by Yuval Peres, Oded Schramm, Scott Sheffield, and David B. Wilson. American Mathematical Monthly, 114:373–387, May 2007.

[Abs] [PDF] SLE coordinate changes, by Oded Schramm, and David B. Wilson. New York Journal of Mathematics, 11:659–669, 2005.

[Abs] [PDF] Balanced Boolean functions that can be evaluated so that every input bit is unlikely to be read, by Itai Benjamini, Oded Schramm, and David B. Wilson. In Proc. 37th ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, pages 244–250, 2005.

[Abs] [PDF] Excited Random Walk, by Itai Benjamini and David B. Wilson. Electronic Communications in Probability, 8(9):86–92, 2003.

[Abs] [PDF] Mixing Time of the Rudvalis Shuffle, by David B. Wilson. Electronic Communications in Probability, 8(8):77–85, 2003.

[Abs] [PDF] Winding angle variance of Fortuin-Kasteleyn contours, by Benjamin Wieland and David B. Wilson. Physical Review E 68(5):056101, 2003.

[Abs] [PDF] On the Red-Green-Blue Model, by David B. Wilson. Physical Review E 69(3):037105, 2004.

[Abs] [PDF] Critical resonance in the non-intersecting lattice path model, by Richard W. Kenyon and David B. Wilson. Probability Theory and Related Fields 130(3):289–318, 2004.

[Abs] [PDF] Mixing times of lozenge tiling and card shuffling Markov chains, by David B. Wilson. The Annals of Applied Probability, 14(1):274–325, 2004.

[Abs] [PDF] On the critical exponents of random k-SAT, by David B. Wilson. Random Structures and Algorithms, 21(2):182–195, 2002.

[Abs] [PDF] The Scaling Window of the 2-SAT Transition, by Béla Bollobás, Christian Borgs, Jennifer T. Chayes, Jeong Han Kim, and David B. Wilson. Random Structures and Algorithms 18(3):201–256, 2001.

[Abs] [PDF] Diagonal Sums of Boxed Plane Partitions, by David B. Wilson. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 8(1):N1, 2001.

[Abs] [PDF] Layered multishift coupling for use in perfect sampling algorithms (with a primer on CFTP), by David B. Wilson. Monte Carlo Methods, edited by Neil Madras, Fields Institute Communications #26, pages 143–179. American Mathematical Society, 2000.

[Abs] [PDF] Trees and Matchings, by Richard W. Kenyon, James G. Propp, and David B. Wilson. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 7(1):R25, 2000.

[Abs] [PDF] How to Couple from the Past Using a Read-Once Source of Randomness, by David B. Wilson. Random Structures and Algorithms 16(1):85–113, 2000.

[Abs] [PDF] Scaling Limits for Minimal and Random Spanning Trees in Two Dimensions, by Michael Aizenman, Almut Burchard, Charles M. Newman, and David B. Wilson. Random Structures and Algorithms 15(3&4):319–367, 1999.

Sampling Spin Configurations of an Ising System, by Dana Randall and David B. Wilson. Proc. Tenth Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) pp. S959–960, 1999.

Coupling from the past: a user's guide, by James G. Propp and David B. Wilson. In D. Aldous and J. Propp, editors, Microsurveys in Discrete Probability, volume 41 of DIMACS Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, pages 181–192. American Mathematical Society, 1998.
Postscript.

How to Get a Perfectly Random Sample From a Generic Markov Chain and Generate a Random Spanning Tree of a Directed Graph by James G. Propp and David B. Wilson. Journal of Algorithms 27:170–217, 1998.
Earlier version appeared in Proc. Seventh Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA), pp. 448–457, 1996.

Random Random Walks on Z2d, by David B. Wilson. Probability Theory and Related Fields, 108(4):441–457, 1997.

Determinant Algorithms for Random Planar Structures, by David B. Wilson. Proceedings of the Eighth Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) , pp. 258–267, 1997.

Generating random spanning trees more quickly than the cover time, by David B. Wilson. Proc. 28th Annual ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC), pp. 296–303, 1996.

Beyond Islands: Runs in Clone-Probe Matrices, by David S. Greenberg, Cynthia A. Phillips, and David B. Wilson. Proceedings of the First Annual International Conference on Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB), pp. 320–329, 1997.

Learning Foraging Thresholds for Lizards, by Leslie Ann Goldberg, William E. Hart, and David B. Wilson. J. Theoretical Biology, 197(3):361–369, 1999. A preliminary version appeared in Proc. 9th Conference on Computational Learning Theory, pp. 2–9, 1996.

Exact Sampling with Coupled Markov Chains and Applications to Statistical Mechanics, by James G. Propp and David B. Wilson. Random Structures and Algorithms, 9(1&2):223–252, 1996.

On the Number of Graphs Which Lack Small Cycles, by Daniel J. Kleitman and David B. Wilson. To appear in Discrete Mathematics.

Fast Exponentiation with Precomputation: Algorithms and Lower Bounds, by Ernest F. Brickell, Daniel M. Gordon, Kevin S. McCurley, and David B. Wilson. An extended abstract of this paper appeared in Advances in Cryptology — Eurocrypt '92, Lecture Notes in Computer Science #658, pp. 200–207, 1993.

Embedding Leveled Hypercube Algorithms into Hypercubes, by David B. Wilson. Proc. 4th Annual ACM Symposium on Parallel Algorithms and Architectures (SPAA), pp. 264–270, 1992.
This is the article version of my bachelor's thesis, which won the William A. Martin memorial prize for best undergraduate computer science thesis at MIT. (The thesis was supervised by Charles E. Leiserson.)


Some Free Software I've Written

Hexamania [Hex]
Play the game of random turn Hex. To learn more about the game, refer to the article “Random-turn and other selection games”. This program runs on Windows, and requires the .NET framework. May be used for non-commerical purposes free of charge.
vaxmacs 1.6e
Given a bipartite planar graph, computes the number of perfect matchings, placement probabilities, and more with an Emacs-19 or Emacs-20 interface. Requires maple and emacs 19.30 or better. This program was inspired by the vaxmaple program (described here), which was originally written by Greg Kuperberg and extended by Jim Propp and myself.
xrc
Generate random cluster states, single-temperature or omnithermal, 2D or 3D, and compute the internal energy, spontaneous magnetization, magnetic susceptibility, or correlation distance. Includes X and PostScript graphics.

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Interesting Links


Oded Schramm Memorial web site
Oded Schramm Memorial blog
Oded Schramm Memorial Workshop, August 30–31, 2009 at Microsoft Research