Random Walks on Infinite Graphs and Groups

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 2000 - Mathematics - 334 pages
The main theme of this book is the interplay between the behaviour of a class of stochastic processes (random walks) and discrete structure theory. The author considers Markov chains whose state space is equipped with the structure of an infinite, locally finite graph, or as a particular case, of a finitely generated group. The transition probabilities are assumed to be adapted to the underlying structure in some way that must be specified precisely in each case. From the probabilistic viewpoint, the question is what impact the particular type of structure has on various aspects of the behaviour of the random walk. Vice-versa, random walks may also be seen as useful tools for classifying, or at least describing the structure of graphs and groups. Links with spectral theory and discrete potential theory are also discussed. This book will be essential reading for all researchers working in stochastic process and related topics.
 

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Contents

Chapter II The spectral radius
81
Chapter III The asymptotic behaviour of transition probabilities
139
Chapter IV An introduction to topological boundary theory
220
Acknowledgments
315

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