Random walks on generating sets for finite groups

  • F. R. K. Chung
  • R. L. Graham


We analyze a certain random walk on the cartesian product $G^n$ of a finite group $G$ which is often used for generating random elements from $G$. In particular, we show that the mixing time of the walk is at most $c_r n^2 \log n$ where the constant $c_r$ depends only on the order $r$ of $G$.