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Infinite dimensional representations of finite dimensional algebras and amenability

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Mathematische Annalen
Issue number1-2
Number of pages43
Pages (from-to)397-439
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date13/05/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00208-017-1552-0