Sub-dominant Cogrowth Behavior and the Viability of Deciding Amenability Numerically

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Experimental Mathematics, 2019, 28 (1), pp. 67 - 80
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© 2017, © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. We critically analyze a recent numerical method due to the first author, Rechnitzer, and van Rensburg, which attempts to detect amenability in a finitely generated group by numerically estimating its asymptotic cogrowth rate. We identify two potential sources of error. We then propose a modification of the method that enables it to easily compute surprisingly accurate estimates for initial terms of the cogrowth sequence.
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