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To my understanding, DMRG works by optimizing every consecutive pair of sites in turn. So it goes something like this: optimize sites 1-2 while holding the rest fixed, then optimize sites 2-3 while holding the rest fixed, then optimize sites 3-4 while holding the rest fixed, and so on. Eventually it reaches the end of the chain and turns around, and once it returns to the beginning, that's one sweep. I know that a version of DMRG exists where only one site is modified at a time, but the 2-site DMRG is considered superior for various reasons, which is why it's the one that is used.

My question is the following: how hard would it be to perform a modified version of this where the number of sites one optimizes at a time is some number other than 2 (such as 3), and where one did not necessarily optimize over every grouping of adjacent sites? In particular:

(1) How hard would it be to write code for in Julia, given that we can reference the original DMRG code at https://github.com/ITensor/ITensors.jl/blob/3b44ec3039a43870d6a3299f49ea79462febc174/src/mps/dmrg.jl?
(2) What might one expect from the runtime?
(3) What other complications might arise?

I ask this in particular with respect to the lattice Schwinger model, which has alternating spin-1/2 sites (for the fermions and antifermions) and link sites (for the electric flux values), as shown in equation (2) of https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.03326. Basically, this setup has local constraints enforced by Gauss's Law (this was also mentioned in http://itensor.org/support/2140/implementing-local-gauge-symmetries). As a result, one cannot modify one or even two sites in isolation. The "most elementary" modification one can make to a state is to add or remove an adjacent fermion-antifermion pair and change the value of the link between them by +/- 1. Notice that this modifies three sites.

Because of this, it seems to me that isolating two adjacent sites and optimizing them while holding the rest fixed will lead to problems when trying to perform DMRG on such a Hamiltonian. However, if one were to hold three sites fixed at a time, and only do every other consecutive triple, then it might work. This would look something like the following: optimize sites 1-2-3 while holding the rest fixed, then optimize sites 3-4-5 while holding the rest fixed, then optimize sites 5-6-7 while holding the rest fixed, and so on.

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Hi Sujay,
The short answer to your question is that one can certainly write a 3-site (or even 4 or 5 site) DMRG algorithm and it can be a powerful way to handle cases that 2-site DMRG has difficulty reaching convergence for. One project I was involved in was greatly helped by switching to 3-site DMRG. It would be especially appropriate if your model has a certain unit cell size which is greater than 2 sites (though that's not to say that 2-site DMRG can't work well for larger unit cell sizes).

The main technical step one needs to do to implement 3-site DMRG is to implement the step of factoring the 3-site wavefunction "center" tensor back into 3 separate MPS tensors. Say one is currently sweeping to the right, and say that after optimization of this tensor, it has 3 site indices: s1, s2, s3, and two bond indices bl and br. Then you first do an SVD to split the indices (bl,s1) from the rest. Then multiply the resulting SV to get the remainder R. Also grab the index "u" connecting U to S. Now SVD R, splitting the indices (u,s2) from the rest. The result is that the U from the first SVD becomes the first MPS tensor, the U from the second SVD becomes the second MPS tensor, and the SV from the second SVD becomes the third MPS tensor.

You just do the steps in reverse, essentially, when sweeping back to the left. The key is to make sure that the orthogonality center is pushed rightward when sweeping right and leftward when sweeping left. It helps a lot to draw diagrams of these things.

The two other considerations needed are:
1. making sure the outer loop using the iterator "sweepnext" is called as sweepnext(N,3) to set the number of center sites to 3
2. modifying the ProjMPO class to stop the building of the Hamiltonian environment tensors earlier so that they are compatible with the 3-site wavefunction tensor

Hope that helps - it would be a bit of work so do consider carefully whether you need it


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Just to add that it would be nice to have this supported officially in ITensors.jl, if anyone adds it we would be happy to get a pull request for it.
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Thank you Miles! I will try this out and see what happens. Just some questions for clarification:
(1) If I understand correctly, in 2-site DMRG, SVD is still used once after each optimization step to separate the two MPS tensors. Where is this being carried out in the code? My current understanding is that this is happening in the replacebond! function. If so, then this is the function that needs to be generalized to implement this repeated application of SVD, right?
(2) Regarding modifying the ProjMPO class, what exactly do you mean by "Hamiltonian environment tensors"?
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Hi Sujay,
Yes, the SVD happens inside replacebond! - good question. It's slightly more complicated than that: replacebond! calls factorize, which has the option to choose which type of decomposition to do, whether an SVD or an "eigen decomposition" which is like squaring a matrix M into M^\dag M and then diagonalizing that matrix to just get the "U" of the SVD only.

You don't have to follow all of these steps, and you could not call replacebond! and instead just do a sequence of SVD's and put the results back into the MPS.

(2) By Hamiltonian environment tensors I mean the pieces of the Hamiltonian MPO not acting on the current 2 sites, wrapped up in the frozen MPS tensors. So another name could be "projected MPO tensors". There isn't such a standard name for these, but they are the tensors denoted R_n and L_n in the following article: http://tensornetwork.org/mps/algorithms/dmrg/
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Thank you so much Miles! Could you explain how to "grab the index 'u' connecting U to S," as you said earlier? I think this is actually the issue I am running into right now. Basically, in the factorization step, the link connecting site j to site j+1 gets a different id value from what it was before. In the default 2-site DMRG, the program seems to successfully recognize this. However, when I tried to generalize it, the program fails to recognize the new link index as the link connecting sites j and j+1.

As an example, when I run DMRG on a 10-site chain with ncenter=5, this is what happens when I print the state after the first step of the first sweep:

    [1] IndexSet{2} (dim=2|id=341|"S=1/2,Site,n=1") (dim=2|id=243|"Link,l=1")
    [2] IndexSet{2} (dim=2|id=823|"S=1/2,Site,n=2") (dim=2|id=547|"Link,l=2")
    [3] IndexSet{2} (dim=2|id=998|"S=1/2,Site,n=3") (dim=2|id=965|"Link,l=3")
    [4] IndexSet{2} (dim=2|id=329|"S=1/2,Site,n=4") (dim=2|id=841|"Link,l=4")
    [5] IndexSet{6} (dim=2|id=841|"Link,l=4") (dim=2|id=965|"Link,l=3") (dim=2|id=547|"Link,l=2") (dim=2|id=243|"Link,l=1") (dim=1|id=86|"Link,l=5") (dim=2|id=424|"S=1/2,Site,n=5")
    [6] IndexSet{3} (dim=1|id=86|"Link,l=5") (dim=2|id=733|"S=1/2,Site,n=6") (dim=1|id=351|"Link,l=6")
    [7] IndexSet{3} (dim=1|id=351|"Link,l=6") (dim=2|id=483|"S=1/2,Site,n=7")
    [8] IndexSet{3} (dim=1|id=776|"Link,l=7") (dim=2|id=436|"S=1/2,Site,n=8") (dim=1|id=409|"Link,l=8")
    [9] IndexSet{3} (dim=1|id=409|"Link,l=8") (dim=2|id=231|"S=1/2,Site,n=9") (dim=1|id=818|"Link,l=9")
    [10] IndexSet{2} (dim=1|id=818|"Link,l=9") (dim=2|id=317|"S=1/2,Site,n=10")

Notice how the link indices don't get recognized as part, so when you do the step

    factorize(phi_new[1],inds(M[b+j]); which_decomp = which_decomp,
                                       tags = tags(linkind(M,b+j)),

(this is part of a for loop where j starts at 0 and ends at ncenter-2), the code doesn't separate the index that it should. I can post my attempted code in a bit more detail if that would help.
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For reference, this is how I am carrying out the factorization procedure.

    phi_new = [copy(phi)] # put in vector so that changes made in loop can be taken outside
    for j=0:ncenter-3
      L,R,spec = factorize(phi_new[1],inds(M[b+j]); which_decomp = which_decomp,
                                       tags = tags(linkind(M,b+j)),
      M[b+j] = L
      phi_new[1] = R
    # j = ncenter-2 case isolated so that spec defined outside loop
    j = ncenter-2
    L,R,spec = factorize(phi_new[1],inds(M[b+j]); which_decomp = which_decomp,
                                       tags = tags(linkind(M,b+j)),
    M[b+j] = L
    M[b+j+1] = R
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Hi Sujay, good question: you can get the index connecting two ITensors A,B by doing `commonind(A,B)`. This assumes there is exactly one index they have in common. (If not I believe it results in an error.)

I haven't run and printed out all of your factorize code, but that's the best way to debug code of this type. I'd recommend doing the following in a small, separate code:
- make a randomMPS
- contract three of the MPS tensors together
- create code like yours above line-by-line, printing out the results after each line and drawing the corresponding diagrams on paper

Then I think you'll see what might be going wrong and why you're getting a different number of indices from what you'd expect.

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Thanks for the recommendation Miles! I think my program is now doing the factorizations correctly, but it still needs to be able to identify the correct indices to avoid throwing errors after the first round of factorizations. In particular, I am examining what is going wrong with the code:

    L,R,spec = factorize(phi_new[j+1],index_set; which_decomp = which_decomp,
                                           tags = tags(linkind(M,b+j)),

Basically, after the first optimization on the first sweep, linkind(M,b+j) will be nothing, which is why I then get the error "MethodError: no method matching tags(::Nothing)." I need to know what to put in place of "linkind(M,b+j)" to fix this. To this end, I ask: what exactly is the purpose of the "tags = tags(linkind(M,b+j))" feature in this method? When I looked into this method, all I could find was this segment of code at the end of the factorize function in decomp.jl:

    # Set the tags and prime level
    l = commonind(L, R)
    l̃ = setprime(settags(l, tags), plev)
    replaceind!(L, l, l̃)
    replaceind!(R, l, l̃)
    l = l̃
    return L, R, spec, l

I couldn't really understand what this is doing. First, what does the setprime command accomplish here? When you run factorize within replacebond!, you don't give it a plev argument, and it's set by default to 0, so it doesn't seem to me that you are doing anything, since you aren't making any index primed. So what exactly does this method accomplish? Second, here you return 4 objects (L, R, spec, l), while the line of says "L, R, spec = factorize(...)." So is l just being discarded in that case? What's its purpose?
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Hi Sujay,

A small correction: `commonind` returns the first common Index found, but doesn't error if there are more than one. From the code you posted, you are setting `M[b+j] = L`, which looks right. However, it also seems like you should be setting `M[b+j+1] = R` within your loop, could that be part of the problem you are seeing?

In the original `replacebond(...)` function, the point of the line `tags = tags(linkind(M, b))` is so that the new link index that is being introduced by `factorize` has the same tags as the original link index. Likely you would want this feature in your own function, but it isn't absolutely necessary. However, if the call to `tags(linkind(M, b+j))` is failing as you say, then the function `linkind(M, b+j)` is not finding a link index between your MPS tensors `b+j` and `b+j+1`. This would indicate that there is something off with your MPS, since it should have one common Index between tensors `M[b+j]` and `M[b+j+1]`. As Miles recommended, you should print the indices of those tensors to try to debug what is going wrong.

The `setprime` lines in the `factorize` function is there so that you can set the prime level of the new index being introduced if you want. `replacebond` doesn't set this, but other applications might want to. You should think of `factorize` as a more general functionality which is used in a wide variety of applications, and happens to be used in `replacebond` as a specific application. The final return of the Index `l` from factorize is just for convenience, if you want a different way to "grab" the new Index that is introduced by factorize (it returns the Index `l == commonind(L, R)`). For the use in `replacebond` it is just being discarded.

Also, this week I will be working on adding functionality to ITensors.jl for a generalization of `replacebond` to a general number of sites. Feel free to continue working on your own version, but hopefully there will be built-in functionality for that soon!

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Thank you so much Matt! I definitely am using plenty of print statements to understand and locate the various indices. I will keep working on my version, although having that built-in functionality would be great. Do you know where I can find the code for the linkind function? I can't seem to find it in the GitHub repo, even when I search for it.

Also, the reason I am not doing `M[b+j+1] = R` in my loop is that the factorization needs to be done iteratively for ncenter >= 3, i.e. R needs to be factored again, then you need to set M[b+j+1] = L, and repeat until you set M[b+ncenter-2] = L and M[b+ncenter-1] = R at the very end. So if you try to say M[b+j+1] = R, then you won't be able to do the rest of the factorization process properly (although please let me know if you see a good way of doing this). Right now I am using a temporary variable to store these and then putting them into M one by one at the end. So somehow `linkind(M, b+j)` fails to recognize the new common index once I transfer the values from temp into M. I'm pretty sure looking at the code for the linkind function would help me understand why.
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The Github search is pretty bad, I generally clone a repository and then use `grep` on the command line. Here is the `linkind` function: https://github.com/ITensor/ITensors.jl/blob/2c22f8ba7fa7ea787693359b7036591888ac4bcd/src/mps/abstractmps.jl#L354

It basically is just a call to `commonind`, which returns the first common Index that is found or `nothing` if none are found.
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Perhaps you need to use `inds(phi_new[1])` instead of `inds(M[b+j])` in the call to `factorize`?

If you don't update `M[b+j+1]`, then the call to `linkind(M, b+j)` will fail since then the MPS tensors won't have shared indices. I don't see any harm in setting it, as you say it will get overwritten in the next step anyway.
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OK, so it turns out that my bug was really silly. My modified DMRG code seems to work now--I tried it on several of my old programs using ncenter values of 2 (default), 3, 4, and 5, and in almost every case it runs really smoothly! There does seem to be one case where it runs quite slowly, but even then it's still clearly working. Thank you so much to both of you for all of your help in this really long comment thread.

I have some other stuff that will probably keep me busy for a while, but I should be able to submit a pull request for this by the end of today.
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