^{}Dipartimento di Matematica Universita; di Padova

Abstract

We analyze some properties of the distribution $Q_{G,k}$ of the first component in a $k$-tuple chosen uniformly in the set of all the $k$-tuples generating a finite group $G$ (the limiting distribution of the product replacement algorithm). In particular, we concentrate our attention on the study of the variation distance $\beta_k(G)$ between $Q_{G,k}$ and the uniform distribution. We review some known results, analyze several examples and propose some intriguing open questions.

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