On random random walks. (English) Zbl 0912.60016

The author proves a symmetric analog of a theorem due to Dou and Hildebrand on the expected mixing time of certain random walks on a finite group \(G\) of order \(g\) with uniform distribution \(U\), and derives from this result good bounds on diameters of random directed Cayley graphs. More precisely, extending a spectral analytic method invented by Broder and Shamir the author shows the following Theorem 2: Let \(a>1\), \(\varepsilon>0\) and let \(S\) be a random set of \(k: =[\log^ag]\) elements of \(G\). By \(P_S(x): =| S\cup S^{-1} |^{-1}\) for all \(x\in S\cup S^{-1}\) and \(:=0\) for \(x \notin S\cup S^{-1}\) a random probability measure \(P_S\) is defined whose \(t\)th convolution power will be denoted by \(P^{*t}_S\). Then \(E(\| P_S^{*t} -U\|) \to 0\) as \(g\to \infty\) whenever \(t>(1+ \varepsilon)a (a-1)^{-1} \log_kg\).


60B15 Probability measures on groups or semigroups, Fourier transforms, factorization
60G50 Sums of independent random variables; random walks
05C25 Graphs and abstract algebra (groups, rings, fields, etc.)
05C12 Distance in graphs
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