Circular automata synchronize with high probability

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In this paper we prove that a uniformly distributed random circular automaton $\mathcal{A}_n$ of order $n$ synchronizes with high probability (whp). More precisely, we prove that $$ \mathbb{P}\left[\mathcal{A}_n \text{ synchronizes}\right] = 1- O\left(\frac{1}{n}\right). $$ The main idea of the proof is to translate the synchronization problem into properties of a random matrix; these properties are then handled with tools of the probabilistic method. Additionally, we provide an upper bound for the probability of synchronization of circular automata in terms of chromatic polynomials of circulant graphs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Combinatorial Theory / A
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Oct 2020


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