Nicolò Zava (University of Udine)

October 6, 2020 @ 6:00 am – 8:00 am
Lecture held in Elysium

Title: Towards a unifying approach to algebraic and coarse entropy
by Nicolò Zava (University of Udine) as part of Topological Groups

Lecture held in Elysium.

In each situation, entropy associates to a self-morphism a value that estimates the chaos created by the map application. In particular, the algebraic entropy $h_{alg}$ can be computed for (continuous) endomorphisms of (topological) groups, while the coarse entropy $h_c$ is associated to bornologous self-maps of locally finite coarse spaces. Those two entropy notions can be compared because of the following observation. If $f$ is a (continuous) homomorphism of a (topological) group $G$, then $f$ becomes automatically bornologous provided that $G$ is equipped with the compact-group coarse structure. For an endomorphism $f$ of a discrete group, $h_{alg}(f)=h_c(f)$ if $f$ is surjective, while, in general, $h_{alg}(f)
eq h_c(f)$. That difference occurs because in many cases, if $f$ is not surjective, then $h_c(f)=0$.

In the first part of the talk, after briefly recalling the large-scale geometry of topological groups, we define the coarse entropy and discuss its relationship with the algebraic entropy. The second part is dedicated to the introduction of the algebraic entropy of endomorphisms of $G$-sets (i.e., sets endowed with group actions). We show that it extends the usual algebraic entropy of group endomorphisms and we provide evidence that it can represent a useful modification and generalisation of the coarse entropy that overcome the non-surjectivity issue.