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Degree of commutativity of infinite groups

Degree of commutativity of infinite groups
Degree of commutativity of infinite groups
We prove that, in a finitely generated residually finite group of subexponential growth, the proportion of commuting pairs is positive if and only if the group is virtually abelian. In particular, this covers the case where the group has polynomial growth (i.e., virtually nilpotent groups). We also show that for non-elementary hyperbolic groups, the proportion of commuting pairs is always zero.
0002-9939
479-485
Antolin, Yago
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Martino, Armando
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Ventura, Enric
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Antolin, Yago
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Martino, Armando
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Ventura, Enric
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Antolin, Yago, Martino, Armando and Ventura, Enric (2017) Degree of commutativity of infinite groups Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, 145, pp. 479-485.

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We prove that, in a finitely generated residually finite group of subexponential growth, the proportion of commuting pairs is positive if and only if the group is virtually abelian. In particular, this covers the case where the group has polynomial growth (i.e., virtually nilpotent groups). We also show that for non-elementary hyperbolic groups, the proportion of commuting pairs is always zero.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 April 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 28 July 2016
Published date: 1 February 2017
Organisations: Pure Mathematics

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Local EPrints ID: 402877
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/402877
ISSN: 0002-9939
PURE UUID: 486a69d0-a564-4b1c-81ed-ff1edab8409e

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Date deposited: 17 Nov 2016 14:22
Last modified: 04 Nov 2017 00:19

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Author: Yago Antolin
Author: Armando Martino
Author: Enric Ventura

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