Random sequences and pointwise convergence of multiple ergodic averages


We prove pointwise convergence, as N → ∞, for the multiple ergodic averages (1/N) Σn=1N f(Tnx) · g(San x), where T and S are commuting measure preserving transformations, and an is a random version of the sequence [nc] for some appropriate c > 1. We also prove similar mean convergence results for averages of the form (1/N) Σ n=1N (Tan x) · g(S an x), as well as pointwise results when T and S are powers of the same transformations. The deterministic versions of these results, where one replaces an with [nc], remain open, and we hope that our method will indicate a fruitful way to approach these problems as well.

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Indiana University Mathematics Journal