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Can a lacunary hyperbolic group be Liouville?

While discussing with a colleague of a possible use of lacunary hyperbolic elementarily amenable groups introduced by Olshanskii, Osin & Sapir, it occurred to me that I was not aware whether ...
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Is it possible to characterize the elements of the C$^*$-algebra of an open subgroupoid?

$\newcommand{\Cstar}{C^*_{\text{red}}}\newcommand{\G}{\mathscr G}\newcommand{\H}{\mathscr H}$Let $\G$ be an etale groupoid, let $U$ be an open subset of $\G^{(0)}$, and let $$ \H = \{\gamma \in \G:...
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Is the group ring of an amenable group, viewed as multiplicative monoid, amenable?

Motivated by this question, it seems natural to ask the following: Question 1: Is there a [finitely generated discrete] torsion-free virtually Abelian (but not Abelian) group $G$ so that the ...
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Amenable groupoid C*-algebras satisfy the UCT in English?

As is by now well known, Tu proved in 1998 that the C*-algebras coming from amenable groupoids satisfy the so-called UCT (universal coefficient theorem). Unfortunately, I don't speak french and I've ...
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Følner sequences with weird shapes

Let $G$ be a discrete and finitely generated group. Recall that $\{F_n\}_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ is a Følner sequence if $|g F_n \cup F_n|/|F_n| \rightarrow 1$ for every $g \in G$. As is well known, ...
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Is there a $G$-paradoxical $G$-invariant subset of the plane for $G$ a group of rigid motions?

The Sierpinski-Mazurkiewicz paradox yields a nonempty rigid-motion paradoxical subset $S$ of the Euclidean plane: $S$ is the disjoint union of $A$ and $B$, each of which is $G$-equidecomposable with $...
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Does every topological group embed as a closed subgroup in an amenable group?

It is a standard result that closed subgroups of locally compact amenable groups are themselves amenable, so for example $F_2$, the free group on two generators, cannot be embedded as a closed ...
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Induced probability measure on a finite orbit under a group action

Suppose we have a discrete group $G$ acting on a compact set $X \subseteq \mathbb{R}^d$ via measure-preserving homeomorphisms, and suppose we have a point $x$ whose orbit $Gx$ is finite (say $|Gx| = n$...
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Is the set of all ICC amenable groups countable?

Is the set of all ICC amenable groups countable? If "yes", then in general, the classes of all countable ICC groups that give rise to the same von Neumann algebra (factor) -- are these ...
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Invariant strictly positive hyperreal probability measures on groups

Under what conditions is there a strictly positive hyperreal probability measure on a group $G$? This would be a finitely-additive non-negative function $\mu$ from the powerset of $G$ to a hyperreal ...
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What is the relation between the Tarski number and growth of a group?

When I was studying the structure of the Grigorchuk group, a question came to my mind and I just had the following information: We know that every finitely generated group of subexponential growth is ...
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About Tarski number 7

Recall that a group $G$ admits a $(m+n)$-paradoxical decomposition if there exist positive integers $m$ and $n$, a partition $\{P_1,\dotsc,P_m,Q_1,\dotsc,Q_n\}$ of $G$ and elements $x_i, y_j$ of $G$ ...
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Latest progress on Tarski numbers

Two questions, the first: What is the smallest non negative integer that we do not know yet is the Tarski number of a group? The second question is the same as in the title: What is the latest ...
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Examples of amenable Banach algebras which have non-amenable subalgebra

I am looking for examples of amenable Banach algebras which have non-amenable subalgebra I know 1: Each amenable Banach algebra has a bounded approximate identity 2: If $I$ be a closed ideal in an ...
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Upper density of subsets of an amenable group

Let $G$ be an amenable group (so locally compact Hausdorff) and also assume it is second countable if needed. My question is that what are the standard ways (across literature) of defining the upper ...
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Introductory text on amenability

I am looking for a book that covers amenability rigorously. Preferably a book aimed at beginners.
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Measure invariant under circle maps

Consider continuous bijections (may even assume these are homeomorphisms or diffeomorphisms if it helps) from the circle onto itself given by $x \mapsto x + s_i(x)$ where $i = 1,2$ or $3$. (I'm ...
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Constant Martin kernel and amenability

Consider a finitely supported random walk on a discrete group G such that the support generates $G$ as a semigroup. The Martin kernels are then non-negative functions on the product $G \times M$ where ...
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Is a product of Følner sets Følner?

Let $G$ be an amenable (countable, discrete) group and let $F_1,F_2,...,F_n,...$ and $G_1,G_2,...,G_n,...$ be two Følner sequences. Is the product sequence (i.e. the sequence $(H_n)$ where $H_n$ is ...
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A question about Johnson's theorem on the first and second cohomology of commutative amenable algebras

Johnson in cohomology of Banach algebra proved the following proposition. I need to some guidance for the bold part of the following proof. Do you know any papers or book with more details for this ...
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Can we define a probability measure $\mu$ that follows all my requirements?

I have a similar post in Math Stack Exchange in case my question isn't suitable for this site. Suppose we have $f:A\to B$ and $S\subseteq A$. If $A'=A^1$ is the derived set of $A$, such that $A^{k+1}=\...
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First and second cohomology groups of Banach algebras

Johnson in the introduction section (page 1) in "Cohomology in Banach algebras" ZBL0256.18014, wrote that Guichardet in [14,15] obtained for a Banach algebra $A$, one has $H^1(A,X)=H^2(A,X)=0$, ...
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Weak amenability hereditary properties

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a commutative weakly amenable Banach algebra and $\mathcal{B}$ be a Banach algebra, let $\theta:\mathcal{A} \to \mathcal{B}$ be a continuous homomorphism with dense range; then it ...
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Contractible Banach algebras

A Banach algebra $A$ is contractible if $H^1(A, X)=0$ for all Banach $A$-bimodules $X$. Now to my question Let $A$ be Banach algebra and $I$ be closed ideal of $A$. If $I$ and $A/I$ are both ...
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If $P(G)=\{f\in L_1(G): f\geq 0, \int f d\lambda(x)=1\}$ Prove $\overline{\widehat{P(G)}}^*$ = $\mathfrak{M}(G)$

Let $\mathfrak{M}(G)$ be the set of all means on $L_\infty (G)$ If $P(G)=\{f\in L_1(G): f\geq 0, \int f d\lambda(x)=1\}$ Prove $\overline{\widehat{P(G)}}^* = \mathfrak{M}(G)$ My attempt: We know ...
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Topological amenability vs amenability of an action

Let $G$ be a discrete group and let $X$ be a compact, Hausdorff space. Assume that $G$ acts on $X$ by homeomorphisms. Consider the following two definitions: [$C^*$-algebras and finite dimensional ...
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example of a non-amenable l.c. group such that $C_r^*(G)$ satisfies the UCT

Are there known any examples of non-amenable locally compact (or more restrictive, non-amenable discrete) groups $G$ for which the reduced group $C^*$-algebra $C_r^*(G)$ satisfies the universal ...
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Fixed-point properties for affine actions of topological groups

T. Mitchell [Illinois J. Math. 14 (1970) 630--641] defined four properties of a topological semigroup, and in particular of a topological group $G$. Two of them are: (F2) Every jointly continuous ...
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Amenable Thompson-like groups

Question: Do there exist amenable Thompson-like groups? I realise that my question is vague, but defining and studying groups which look like Thompson's groups $F$, $T$ and $V$ seems to be an ...
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A question about spectral properties of a non-amenable group

Let $G$ be a group generated by $a,b$ (for the sake of simplicity). Consider the element $$S=a+b+a^{-1}+b^{-1}\in{\mathbb C}[G],$$ which may also be interpreted as an operator in $l^2(G)$ (by left ...
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Is it possible to put Higman group as an amenable by sofic group?

I know Higman group has an amalgamated product decomposition of $BS(1, 2)$. Is it possible to decompose Higman group as some groups we are more familiar with. For example, is there a normal subgroup K ...
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Is there a notion of 'amenable ring'

Amenable groups are everywhere these days, as examples of all kinds of lovely phenomena. And there are various ways of defining notions of 'amenable monoid' or possibly 'amenable semigroup'. But for ...
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weakly amenable weighted sequence algebras

Let $v=(v_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ be a positive weight with $\inf_nv_n>0$ (for convenience we may take $v_n\geqslant1$). Then $\ell_{\infty}(v)$ is a Banach algebra with coordinate-wise multiplication....
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Can There be a 1 dimensional Banach-Tarski paradox in the absence of choice

Let $\mathbb{R}$ act on itself by translation. Then there is no finite decomposition of a unit interval into pieces which, when translated, yields two distinct unit intervals. More formally does ...
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Are there amenable groups without explicit Folner sets?

This is essentially a follow-up to this previous discussion on how, in the absence of choice, the "invariant mean" and "Folner set" characterizations of amenability are no longer equivalent. Recently ...
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Amenability of $S^{\infty}$

Let $G$ be the group of all permutations of $\mathbb{N}$. If I am not mistaken, this group is denoted by $S^{\infty}$. Is there a precise locally compact topology on $G$ such that $G$ would ...
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approximate diagonal

Let $I$ be an arbitary index set, $((A_i)_i,\|.\|_i)_{i\in I}$ be a family of Banach algebras, with approximate diagonal $(m^{i}_α)_α\subseteq A_i\hat\otimes A_i$, and $B=\{(x_i)_i\in {\displaystyle \...
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Naturally occurring, non-amenable Zappa-Szep products of discrete amenable groups?

We say $G$ is the Zappa-Szep product of two subgroups $K$ and $P$ if $K\cap P = \{e\}$ and the function $K\times P \to G$, $(k,p)\mapsto kp$, is bijective. The Iwasawa decomposition shows that we can ...
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About Beurling algebras

Do there exist an amenable Beurling algebra that is neither Arens regular nor strongly Arens irregular? In his memoir "The second duals of Beurling algebras", A. T. Lau proved that there exists a ...
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A group, neither amenable, nor having a subgroup that looks like $F_2$ up to level $n$?

It is known that there are non-amenable groups not containing $F_2$, the free group on two generators. We can even have that every 2-generated subgroup is finite. But is there a non-amenable group $...
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relative amenability of von Neumann algebra

Let $\cal{M}$ be a finite von Neumann algebra and $\cal{N}$ be a von Neumann subalgebra of $\cal{M}$. The von Neumann algebra $\cal{M}$ is is amenable relative to $\cal{N}$ if there exists a norm ...
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Does every non-amenable group contain a 2-generated non-amenable subgroup?

It is known that there are non-amenable groups not containing $F_2$, the free group on two generators; for example, Olshanskii's group. But does every non-amenable group contain a 2-generated non-...
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Superharmonic functions and amenability

Let $G$ be a group generated by a finite set $S$. Let $P$ be a Markov operator defined by the uniform measure on $S$. A function is superharmonic if $Pf\leq f$. Assume that there is a set of non-...
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Example of an amenable enveloping von-Neumann algebra

I am looking for an example of an infinite dimensional $C^{*}$-algebra whose second dual is amenable. Can anyone supply a suggested reference? Many thanks in advance. Edit: If this is ...
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Can an amenable group have a weak mixing unitary representation without almost invariant vectors?

Does there exist a finitely generated discrete amenable group $G$ that acts on a separable Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ by unitary transformations, and where (1) $\mathcal{H}$ has no finite dimensional ...
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Poisson Furstenberg Boundary of topological groups, reference request

I'm trying to understand the relations between between the following group properties, in the case of (say, compactly generated locally compact) topological groups: Group growth. Amenability. Poisson ...
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Are all invariant means on a group equally good?

Let $G$ be an infinite countable group. If $G$ is amenable then it has a number of other interesting properties. To prove such a property from the existence of an invariant mean on $G$, we usually ...
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amenable locally compact group

Let $\tau_1,\tau_2 $ be topologies on group $G$ such that $(G,\tau_1),(G,\tau_2)$ be a locally compact group. Let $\tau_1\subseteq\tau_2$ and $(G,\tau_2)$ be an amenable group, when $(G,\tau_1)$ ...
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Quotient of weak amenable Banach algebras

Let $A$ be a weak amenable Banach algebra and $I$ be a closed (two-sided) ideal of $A$. In general $\frac{A}{I}$ is not weakly amenable. Is there an example of this type of weak amenable Banach ...
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How to construct Følner sequences?

Q1. Are there "canonical" ways to construct Følner sequences for locally compact amenable groups? Possibly via representations or perhaps characters ? To elaborate, let $G$ be a l.c. amenable group ...