Natalia Jurga

University of Surrey

Effective estimates on the top Lyapunov exponent of random matrix products

Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems Seminar

10th October 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Fry Building, 2.04 - 2nd Floor Seminar Room

We study the top Lyapunov exponents of random products of positive matrices and obtain an efficient algorithm for its computation. As in the earlier work of Pollicott, the algorithm is based on the Fredholm theory of determinants of trace-class linear operators. In this article we obtain a simpler expression for the approximations which only require calculation of the eigenvalues of finite matrix products and not the eigenvectors. Moreover, we obtain effective bounds on the error term in terms of two explicit constants: a constant which describes how far the set of matrices are from all being column stochastic, and a constant which measures the minimal amount of projective contraction of the positive quadrant under the action of the matrices. This is joint work with Ian Morris.

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