Question about probability spaces $(X,\mathcal B,\mu)$ with a measurable map $T\colon X\to X$ preserving the measure, that is $\mu(T^{—1}A)=\mu(A)$ for all $A$ measurable.

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Why is “h” used for entropy?

Why is the letter "h" (or "H") used to denote entropy in information theory, ergodic theory, and physics (and possibly other places)? Edit: I'm looking for an explanation of the original use of "H". ...
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Kakutani skyscraper is infinite

Karl E. Petersen's book "Ergodic Theory", chapter 2, exercise 9, on page 56 Prove that for any ergodic measure preserving transformation $T:X\rightarrow X$ on a non-atomic probability space $(X, \...
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Compact set of probability measures

I think I can solve the following exercise if $X$ is assumed to be separable, otherwise I can't. Let $X$ be a (Hausdorff) locally compact space, $\pi\colon X \to Y$ a continuous map into a ...
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Reference for Ergodic Theory

I am looking for a good introductory book on ergodic theory. Can someone recommend some introductory texts on that?
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Square root of an integer has only even digits

Is there a non-square positive integer $n$, that $\sqrt{n}$ has only even digits in its decimal representation ?
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Why is integer approximation of a function interesting?

I have recently learnt the following result: Let $g \in \mathbb{R}[x]$ be a polynomial with $g(0) = 0$. Then, for any $\varepsilon > 0$, the set of positive integers $n$, such that $g(n)$ is ...
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Non-ergodic measure

Is there an easy way to see that if $\mu$ and $\nu$ are $T$-invariant measures on the same space $X$, and $\mu \neq \nu$, then $\frac{1}{2}(\mu+\nu)$ is NOT ergodic? I know that ergodic measures are ...
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$(n^2 \alpha \bmod 1)$ is equidistributed in $\mathbb{T}^2$ if $\alpha \in \mathbb{R} \setminus \mathbb{Q}$

I did the following homework question, can you tell me if I have it right? We want to show that the sequence $(n^2 \alpha \bmod 1)$ is equidistributed if $\alpha \in \mathbb{R} \setminus \mathbb{Q}$. ...
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An equivalent condition for strong-mixing

For a measure-preserving (finite) system $(X,\mathcal{B},\mu,T)$, is it correct that the following are equivalent? For every $A,B\in\mathcal{B}$ , $\displaystyle\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}\mu(A\cap T^{...
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High-School Level Introduction to Dynamical Systems

In one month I'll be giving a talk to motivated high schools students on a topic of my choice from dynamical systems and/or ergodic theory. I'm having trouble coming up with a topic compelling enough ...
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Why probability measures in ergodic theory?

I just had a look at Walters' introductory book on ergodic theory and was struck that the book always sticks to probability measures. Why is it the case that ergodic theory mainly considers ...
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Showing a Transformation increases measure (Ergodic Theory)

Hoi, ive been breaking my head on this fora few days.. Ive been trying to show that $T:[0,1)\to [0,1)$ given by $$ T(x)= \begin{cases} 3x & \mbox{ if } x\in [0,1/3)\\ ...
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Irrational rotation and recurrence time

Let $\mathbb{T}=\mathbb{R}/\mathbb{Z}$ be the torus, and $\alpha\in(0,1)$ be an irrational number, then the transformation $T$ defined by $Tx=x+\alpha$ is the irrational rotation on $\mathbb{T}$. ...
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What is the distribution of leading digits of the squares?

Inspired by How can 0.149162536... be normal?, I ask for the distribution of the leading coefficients of $1,4,9,16,25,36\ldots$. (namely $1,4,9,1,2,3\ldots$) Does a Benford-like law apply? The online ...
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A convergence problem in Banach spaces related to ergodic theory

Suppose $X$ is a Banach space, $T\in B(X)$, satisfied the following condition. $\sup \Big\lVert\frac{1}{n}\sum \limits_{i=0}^{n-1}T^{i}\Big\rVert<\infty$ $\frac{1}{n}\lVert T\rVert^{n}\...
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An ergodic theorem on the circle

Let $S^1$ be a circle (i.e. a closed $1$-dim. manifold) and let $F$ be a non-vanishing smooth vector field on $S^1$. Denote by $(t,x) \mapsto \Phi_t^x$ the flow generated by $F$. I want to show ...
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Ergodic action of a group

What does it mean and how is it defined if the action of a group is meant to be ergodic? Thank you for your replies!
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Chaos and ergodicity in hamiltonian systems

EDIT : I formerly claimed something incorrect in my question. The Liouville measure needs NOT be ergodic on hypersurfaces of constant energy. Also, I found out that NO hamiltonian system can be ...
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A question about continued fractions and Gauss map

For $\alpha \in (0,1)$, write $\alpha$ as a continued fraction like $\alpha=[a_1, a_2, \ldots]$ (note that the implicit $0$th coefficient $a_0=0$ has been omitted), and let $\frac{p_n}{q_n}$ be the $n$...
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Ergodic theory in mathematics and physics

How is the theory of ergodic measure-preserving transformations related to ergodicity in the physical sense (which I understood as, very very roughly speaking, that a physical system is called ergodic ...
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Lemma in Petersen's *Ergodic Theory*

I'm trying to understand the proof of Lemma 6.2.1 (p.260-261) in Petersen's Ergodic Theory. Specifically, I don't understand why $B_{n}^{A} \in \mathscr{B}(T^{-1}\alpha \vee \dots \vee T^{-n}\alpha)$ ...
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What is Birkhoff's ergodic theorem for $GL_n$?

I was wondering about the general setup of a "noncommutative" ergodic theory. Instead of measurable maps into $\mathbb R$, we should consider measurable maps into $GL_n(\mathbb R)$, and instead of ...
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The “muscle” behind the fact that ergodic measures are mutually singular

This is really motivated by the soft question at the end, but let me begin with something more circumscribed: Let $(X,\mathcal{B})$ be a measurable space and let $T:X\circlearrowleft$ be a self-map ...
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Endomorphisms preserve Haar measure

I am having trouble following the argument in page 21 of P. Walters, Intro. to ergodic theory, of the following statement: Any continuous endomorphism on a compact group preserves Haar measure. ...
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Ergodic proof of Khinchin-Levy

What is a good reference for the proof of Khinchin-Levy theorem on continued fractions, using the full power of ergodic theory? A google search is not quite yielding the needed stuff.
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Krylov-Bogoliubov for measurable transformations

In the Krylov-Bogoliubov theorem, the transformation is assumed continuous. Does the theorem hold if the transformation is assumed only to be measurable? If not, what is a counterexample? Edit A few ...
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Properties of the space of $ T $-invariant probability measures over a compact topological space.

Let $T: X \to X$ be a continuos map defined on the compact space (Maybe Haussdorff) $X$. Denote by $M_T$ the space of $T$-invariant probability measures defined over the Sigma Algebra of Borel sets. ...
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Is there a characterization of the shift-invariant ergodic measures?

Consider probability measures $\mu$ on the space $\{0,1\}^\mathbb{N}$ that are shift-invariant with respect to the left-shift map. Is there a nice characterization of the ergodic shift-invariant ...
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Stronger than strong-mixing

I have the following exercise: "Show that if a measure-preserving system $(X, \mathcal B, \mu, T)$ has the property that for any $A,B \in \mathcal B$ there exists $N$ such that $$\mu(A \cap T^{-n} B) ...
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A discontinuous almost everywhere map does not admit an invariant measure

Let's consider a map $T: X \rightarrow X$ so that it's discontinuous almost everywhere (in particular, let $X = \mathbb{R}$, and $T = 1_{\mathbb{Q}}$ -- Dirichlet function). Is it true that $T$ does ...
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Recurrent point of continuous transformation in a compact metric space

Given a metric space $(X,d)$ and a transformation $T:X\rightarrow X$, a point $x\in X$ is said to be recurrent iff it belongs to the closure of its orbit $\{T(x), T^2(x),...\}$: more precisely, ...
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Sawyer's proof that a certain lim sup of sets has full measure

Given $(X, \mathcal{A}, \mu)$ a probability space, let $\mathcal{F}$ be a family of $\mu$-invariant measurable functions, closed under composition, with the following property: If $A$ is a measurable ...
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Beta transformation is Ergodic.

Let $\beta \in \mathbb{R}$ with $\beta >1$. Define $T_{\beta}:[0,1)\to [0,1)$ by: $$T_{\beta}(x)=\beta x-[\beta x]=\{\beta x\} $$. Consider: $$ h(x)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}{\chi_{\{y:y<T_{\beta}^...
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Question about B. Host paper 'Nombres, normaux entropie, translations'

I was reading this paper and I got stuck in a detail left for the reader that I couldn't figure out: Let $X = \mathbb{R}/\mathbb{Z}$, $p > 1$ a integer, $D_n = \{kp^{-n}\colon 0 \leq k < p^n \}$...
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Making new sense of the three-body problem in the light of Maryam Mirzakhani math contributions

I am unfamiliar with moduli spaces and ergodic theory which appear to be essential in Maryam Mirzakhani's math contributions which won her the Fields Medal. However, I am well conversant with ...
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Uniform mean ergodic theorem

I'm working in Einsiedler and Ward's book on Ergodic Theory and in Exercise 2.5.4 they want to prove the following $$\lim_{N - M \to \infty} \frac{1}{N - M} \sum_{n = M}^{N - 1} U_T^n f \to P_T f.$$ ...
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Why are hyperbolic toral automorphisms (e.g. Arnold's cat map) ergodic?

Let $\varphi : \mathbb{T}^2 \to \mathbb{T}^2$ be a hyperbolic automorphism of the torus, induced by a linear map $A : \mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}^2$ of determinant $\pm 1$ with no eigenvalues of ...
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Equidistribution results vs transcendence degree

Consider $\alpha =(\alpha_1, \dots, \alpha_n) \in \mathbb{R}^n$ linearly independent over $\mathbb{Q}$, then the map $q \mapsto q \alpha:= ( q \alpha_1, \dots, q \alpha_n)$ gives a dense embedding ...
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Ergodic Recurrence

My solution concerning a problem about Ergodic Recurrence requires me to prove that $\|P_T 1_B\| > 0$. Where $P_T$ is the projection onto the space $I := \{f \in L^2 : f \circ T = f\}$, $T$ is a ...
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Estimating $\#\{\{\alpha k\} < 1/\sqrt{k} : k \leq n\}$ for irrational $\alpha$

Suppose $\{\alpha n\}$ is the fractional part of $\alpha n$. Put $$A_{\alpha}(n) = \#\{\{\alpha k\} < 1/\sqrt{k} : k \leq n\}.$$ If $\alpha$ is irrational, can I find some constant $K$ such that $...
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The prime numbers do not satisfies Benford's law

A set of numbers is said to satisfy Benford's law if the leading digit d (d ∈ {1, ..., 9}) occurs with probability, $$ P(d)=\log_{10}(d+1)-\log_{10}d,$$ how do you prove that the prime numbers do ...
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How follows the Strong Law of Large Numbers from Birkhoff's Ergodic Theorem?

We want to prove the strong law of large numbers with Birkhoff's ergodic theorem. Let $X_k$ be an i.i.d. sequence of $\mathcal{L}^1$ random variables. This is a stochastic process with measure-...
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Rotation $x \to x+a \pmod 1$ of the circle is Ergodic if and only if $a$ is irrational

I have a book, Ergodic problems of classical mechanics by Arnold/Avez, and in it they prove that rotation $Tx = x+a \pmod 1$ of the circle $M=\{x \pmod 1\}$ is Ergodic if and only if a is irrational. ...
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Measure theoretic entropy of General Tent maps

Let $I=[0,1]$ and $\alpha \in ( 0,1)$. Define the Tent map, $T: I \rightarrow I$ by $T(x)= x/\alpha$ for $x \in [0,\alpha]$ and $(1-x)/(1-\alpha)$ for $x \in [\alpha,1]$ Find the measure theoretic ...
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Historical behavior of the Birkhoff averages

Birkoff Ergodic Theorem: Let be $(X,\mathcal{A},\mu)$ a probability space, $T:X\to X$ a measurable tranformation preserving $\mu$ and $f\in L^{1}(\mu)$, then there exists a $\Sigma \subset X$ and $\...
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Pinsker $\sigma$ Algebra

Let $(X,A,\nu)$ be a probability space and $T:X\to X$ a measure-preserving transformation. The Pinsker sigma algebra is defined as the lower sigma algebra that contains all partition P of measurable ...
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An intuitive explanation of how the mathematical definition of ergodicity implies the layman's interpretation 'all microstates are equally likely'.

I'm self-studying Statistical Mechanics; in it I got Fundamental Postulate of Statistical Mechanics and that took me to ergodic hypothesis. In the most layman's language, it says: In an isolated ...
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Show that Brownian motion on the unit circle is exponentially ergodic and has the uniform measure as its invariant distribution.

My search results keep bring up planar Brownian motion on the unit disk. However, I am specifically referring to $e^{jW_{t}} = [\cos(W_t),\sin(W_t)]^{T}$ where $W_t$ is Brownian motion. I am at a ...
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Entropy of the induced transformation

I need help with this problem: Let $(X,\mathcal{B},\mu,T)$ be a ergodic dynamical system in the probability space $(X,\mathcal{B},\mu)$. Let $A \in \mathcal{B}$ with $\mu(A)>0$. We define the ...
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Use the van der Corput Lemma to prove the equidistribution of $\{\alpha n^2\}$

The van der Corput Lemma states Van der Corput Lemma: Let $(x_n)$ be a bounded sequence in a Hilbert space $H$. Define a sequence $(s_n)$ by $$s_h = \limsup_{N \to \infty} \left | \frac1N \sum_{...