Remnant inequalities and doubly-twisted conjugacy in free groupsJournal of Pure and Applied Algebra
AbstractOur first result is a remnant inequality condition which implies that two words u and v are not doubly-twisted conjugate. Further we show that if ψ is given and φ, u, and v are chosen at random, then the asymptotic probability that u and v are not doubly-twisted conjugate is 1. In the particular case of singly-twisted conjugacy, this means that if φ, u, and v are chosen at random, then u and v are not in the same singly-twisted conjugacy class with asymptotic probability 1. Our second result generalizes Kim’s “bounded solution length”. We give an algorithm for deciding doubly-twisted conjugacy relations in the case where φ and ψ satisfy a similar remnant inequality. In the particular case of singly-twisted conjugacy, our algorithm suffices to decide any twisted conjugacy relation if φ has remnant words of length at least 2. As a consequence of our generic properties we give an elementary proof of a recent result of Martino, Turner, and Ventura, that computes the densities of the sets of injective and surjective homomorphisms from one free group to another. We further compute the expected value of the density of the image of a homomorphism.
Published CitationStaecker, P. Christopher. 2011. Remnant inequalities and doubly-twisted conjugacy in free groups. Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra 215 (7), 1702-1710.
Citation InformationChristopher P. Staecker. "Remnant inequalities and doubly-twisted conjugacy in free groups" Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra Vol. 215 Iss. 7 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/christopher_staecker/1/