Harmonic Analysis on Finite Groups
Representation Theory, Gelfand Pairs and Markov Chains
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Part of Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics
 Authors:
 Tullio CeccheriniSilberstein, Università degli Studi del Sannio, Benevento
 Fabio Scarabotti, Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza', Italy
 Filippo Tolli, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
 Date Published: March 2008
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 isbn: 9780521883368
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Line up a deck of 52 cards on a table. Randomly choose two cards and switch them. How many switches are needed in order to mix up the deck? Starting from a few concrete problems such as random walks on the discrete circle and the finite ultrametric space this book develops the necessary tools for the asymptotic analysis of these processes. This detailed study culminates with the casebycase analysis of the cutoff phenomenon discovered by Persi Diaconis. This selfcontained text is ideal for graduate students and researchers working in the areas of representation theory, group theory, harmonic analysis and Markov chains. Its topics range from the basic theory needed for students new to this area, to advanced topics such as the theory of Green's algebras, the complete analysis of the random matchings, and the representation theory of the symmetric group.
Read more Can be used as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and as a reference for researchers
 First book with a complete treatment of the theory of Gelfand pairs
 Contains 140 exercises, with solutions or generous hints, and over 60 fullyworked examples
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'Starting from a few concrete problems such as random walks on the discrete circle and the finite ultrametric space, this book develops the necessary tools for the asymptotic analysis of these processes.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
See more reviews'There are not many books that can be used both as an elementary textbook and a research monograph with the same ease and success. This one … is a rare example. … No prerequisites on probability theory and Markov chains are required; everything is explained in detail. From a researcher's point of view, the introduction and detailed study of Gelfand pairs in the context of finite groups is very valuable. … The book can be warmly recommended for anyone interested in the subject and/or looking for interesting applications of representation theory.' EMS Newsletter
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 Date Published: March 2008
 format: Hardback
 isbn: 9780521883368
 length: 454 pages
 dimensions: 234 x 160 x 25 mm
 weight: 0.722kg
 contains: 76 b/w illus. 5 tables 140 exercises
 availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Preliminaries, Examples and Motivations:
1. Finite Markov chains
2. Two basic examples on Abelian groups
Part II. Representation Theory and Gelfand Pairs:
3. Basic representation theory of finite groups
4. Finite Gelfand pairs
5. Distance regular graphs and the Hamming scheme
6. The Johnson Scheme and the LaplaceBernoulli diffusion model
7. The ultrametric space
Part III. Advanced theory:
8. Posets and the q−analogs
9. Complements on representation theory
10. Basic representation theory of the symmetric group
11. The Gelfand Pair (S2n, S2 o Sn) and random matchings
Appendix 1. The discrete trigonometric transforms
Appendix 2. Solutions of the exercises
Bibliography
Index.
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