On Cogrowth, Amenability and the Spectral Radius of a Random Walk on a Semigroup

Gray, Robert D. and Kambites, Mark (2020) On Cogrowth, Amenability and the Spectral Radius of a Random Walk on a Semigroup. International Mathematics Research Notices, 2020 (12). 3753–3793. ISSN 1073-7928

PDF (Accepted manuscript) - Accepted Version
Download (402kB) | Preview


We introduce two natural notions of cogrowth for finitely generated semigroups - one local and one global - and study their relationship with amenability and random walks. We establish the minimal and maximal possible values for cogrowth rates, and show that nonmonogenic-free semigroups are exactly characterised by minimal global cogrowth. We consider the relationship with cogrowth for groups and with amenability of semigroups. We also study the relationship with random walks on finitely generated semigroups, and in particular the spectral radius of the associated Markov operators (when defined) on ℓ 2-spaces. We show that either of maximal global cogrowth or the weak Følner condition suffices for the spectral radius to be at least 1; since left amenability implies the weak Følner condition, this represents a generalisation to semigroups of one implication of Kesten's Theorem for groups. By combining with known results about amenability, we are able to establish a number of new sufficient conditions for (left or right) amenability in broad classes of semigroups. In particular, maximal local cogrowth left implies amenability in any left reversible semigroup, while maximal global cogrowth (which is a much weaker property) suffices for left amenability in an extremely broad class of semigroups encompassing all inverse semigroups, left reversible left cancellative semigroups and left reversible regular semigroups.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Mathematics
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2021 01:02
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67167
DOI: 10.1093/imrn/rny125

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item