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How to quantify noncommutativity?

If I have two operators or finite-dimensional matrices $A$ and $B$, how can I quantify the amount to which they commute or don't commute? (I would consider it a big plus if it is computable easily for ...
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1answer
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Classical convolution VS Free Convolution

We denote $\varphi:\mathbb R^2\rightarrow\mathbb R$ the addition of real numbers, and $\varphi_*:M_1(\mathbb R^2)\rightarrow M_1(\mathbb R)$ the induced push-forward map (where $M_1(\Delta)$ stands ...
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0answers
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Relationship between R-transform and free convolution of random matrices?

I've been using the R-transform to calculate the free convolution of the eigenvalue spectra of two random matrices and I am trying to understand how it works, and in particular how it relates to ...
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2answers
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Is independence meaningful for commutative $C^*$-algebras?

I don't know very much about spectral theory so probably the answer to my question has a basic reference which I would appreciate. Let's say I have two self-adjoint operators on a Hilbert space and ...
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Faa di Bruno and Free Probability?

It is possible to glean many combinatorial identities using Faa di Bruno’s formula for the coefficients of higher derivatives of a composite function. For many examples, see David Vella’s paper. The ...
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1answer
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When does a matrix define a convolution operator on a hypergroup?

Let $H$ be a discrete hypergroup. Suppose I have a matrix $A=(A_{x,y})$ indexed over $H$ with nonnegative entries which defines a bounded operator on $\ell^2(H)$. When does there exist $f\in\ell^1(H)$ ...
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Loynes spaces, also called pseudo-Hilbert spaces

Let me first define my object: First, a locally convex space $Z$ is called admissible in the sense of Loynes if $Z$ is complete There is a closed convex cone in $Z$, called $Z_+$, satisfying (for ...