Generic Properties of Actions of F_n
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We investigate the genericity of measure-preserving actions of the free group Fn, on possibly countably infinitely many generators, acting on a standard probability space. Specifically, we endow the space of all measure-preserving actions of Fn acting on a standard probability space with the weak topology and explore what properties may be verified on a comeager set in this topology. In this setting we show an analog of the classical Rokhlin Lemma. From this result we conclude that every action of Fn may be approximated by actions which factor through a finite group. Using this finite approximation we show the actions of Fn, which are rigid and hence fail to be mixing, are generic. Combined with a recent result of Kerr and Li, we obtain that a generic action of Fn is weak mixing but not mixing. We also show a generic action of Fn has sigma-entropy at most zero. With some additional work, we show the finite approximation result may be used to that show for any action of Fn, the crossed product embeds into the tracial ultraproduct of the hyperfinite II1 factor. We conclude by showing the finite approximation result may be transferred to a subspace of the space of all topological actions of Fn on the Cantor set. Within this class, we show the set of actions with sigma-entropy at most zero is generic.
Hitchcock, James Mitchell (2010). Generic Properties of Actions of F_n. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from