We study a natural random walk over the upper triangular matrices, with entries in the field ℤ2, generated by steps which add row i + 1 to row i. We show that the mixing time of the lazy random walk is O(n 2) which is optimal up to constants. Our proof makes key use of the linear structure of the group and extends to walks on the upper triangular matrices over the fields ℤq for q prime.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistics and Probability
- Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
- Mixing time
- Random walks on groups