Random subgroups of Thompson's group $F$
Abstract
We consider random subgroups of Thompson's group $F$ with respect to two natural stratifications of the set of all $k$ generator subgroups. We find that the isomorphism classes of subgroups which occur with positive density are not the same for the two stratifications. We give the first known examples of {\em persistent} subgroups, whose isomorphism classes occur with positive density within the set of $k$generator subgroups, for all sufficiently large $k$. Additionally, Thompson's group provides the first example of a group without a generic isomorphism class of subgroup. Elements of $F$ are represented uniquely by reduced pairs of finite rooted binary trees. We compute the asymptotic growth rate and a generating function for the number of reduced pairs of trees, which we show is Dfinite and not algebraic. We then use the asymptotic growth to prove our density results.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 November 2007
 arXiv:
 arXiv:0711.1343
 Bibcode:
 2007arXiv0711.1343C
 Keywords:

 Mathematics  Group Theory;
 Mathematics  Combinatorics;
 05A05;
 20F65
 EPrint:
 37 pages, 11 figures