 
Summary: Refinable Measures and Almost Unique Ergodicity
Andrew Yingst
It is now known that the measures on Cantor space which arise from some
minimal, uniquely ergodic homeomorphism are characterized by a simple homo
geneity condition referred to as `goodness', which for the twosymbol Bernoulli
trial µr is equivalent to the condition that 1/r and 1/(1  r) are algebraic in
tegers, and that r is has exactly one algebraic conjugate (itself) lying in the
unit interval. One conjecture is that in the above statement, we may replace
`exactly one algebraic conjugate' with `exactly k algebraic conjugates', to ob
tain a characterization of those measures which arise as the ergodic measures
for some minimal homeomorphism of Cantor space with exactly k ergodic mea
sures. Such measures satisfy a slightly weaker homogeneity condition than good
measures, and are referred to as refinable.
In this talk, we give some support for the above conjecture by showing that
under certain circumstances, a refinable measure is equivalent to the product of
itself with a good measure, and so certain skew products are likely candidates
to be a minimal homeomorphism exactly k ergodic measures.
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