Size of subsets of groups and haar null SETS

S. Solecki

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This is a study of several notions of size of subsets of groups. The first part (sections 3-5) concerns a purely algebraic setting with the underlying group discrete. The various notions of size considered there are similar to each other in that each of them assesses the size of a set using a family of measures and translations of the set; they differ in the type of measures used and the type of translations allowed. The way these various notions relate to each other is tightly and, perhaps, unexpectedly connected with the algebraic structure of the group. An important role is played by amenable, ICC (infinite conjugacy class), and FC (finite conjugacy class) groups. The second part of the paper (section 6), which was the original motivation for the present work, deals with a well-studied notion of smallness of subsets of Polish, not necessarily locally compact, groups - Haar null sets. It contains applications of the results from the first part in solving some problems posed by Christensen and by Mycielski. These applications are the first results detecting connections between properties of Haar null sets and algebraic properties (amenability, FC) of the underlying group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-273
Number of pages28
JournalGeometric and Functional Analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Geometry and Topology


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