Cutoff for a Stratified Random Walk on the Hypercube

Authors Anna Ben-Hamou, Yuval Peres

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Yuval Peres

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Anna Ben-Hamou and Yuval Peres. Cutoff for a Stratified Random Walk on the Hypercube. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 81, pp. 29:1-29:10, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)


We consider the random walk on the hypercube which moves by picking an ordered pair (i,j) of distinct coordinates uniformly at random and adding the bit at location i to the bit at location j, modulo 2. We show that this Markov chain has cutoff at time (3/2)n*log(n) with window of size n, solving a question posed by Chung and Graham (1997).
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  • hypercube


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