Infinite dimensional representations of finite dimensional algebras and amenability

Elek, Gabor (2017) Infinite dimensional representations of finite dimensional algebras and amenability. Mathematische Annalen, 369 (1-2). pp. 397-439. ISSN 0025-5831

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Abstract

We present a novel quantitative approach to the representation theory of finite dimensional algebras motivated by the emerging theory of graph limits. We introduce the rank spectrum of a finite dimensional algebra R over a countable field. The elements of the rank spectrum are representations of the algebra into von Neumann regular rank algebras, and two representations are considered to be equivalent if they induce the same Sylvester rank functions on R-matrices. Based on this approach, we can divide the finite dimensional algebras into three types: finite, amenable and non-amenable representation types. We prove that string algebras are of amenable representation type, but the wild Kronecker algebras are not. Here, the amenability of the rank algebras associated to the limit points in the rank spectrum plays a very important part. We also show that the limit points of finite dimensional representations of algebras of amenable representation type can always be viewed as representations of the algebra in the continuous ring invented by John von Neumann in the 1930’s. As an application in algorithm theory, we introduce and study the notion of parameter testing of modules over finite dimensional algebras, that is analogous to the testing of bounded degree graphs introduced by Goldreich and Ron. We shall see that for string algebras all the reasonable (stable) parameters are testable.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Mathematische Annalen
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00208-017-1552-0
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2600
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code: 86267
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 10 May 2017 15:58
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2020 03:59
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/86267

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