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Pants decompositions of random surfaces

Guth, Larry ; Parlier, Hugo ; Young, Robert

In: Geometric and Functional Analysis, 2011, vol. 21, no. 5, p. 1069-1090

Our goal is to show, in two different contexts, that “random” surfaces have large pants decompositions. First we show that there are hyperbolic surfaces of genus g for which any pants decomposition requires curves of total length at least g7/6−ε. Moreover, we prove that this bound holds for most metrics in the modulispace of hyperbolic metrics equipped with the Weil–Petersson volume... Plus

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    Summary
    Our goal is to show, in two different contexts, that “random” surfaces have large pants decompositions. First we show that there are hyperbolic surfaces of genus g for which any pants decomposition requires curves of total length at least g7/6−ε. Moreover, we prove that this bound holds for most metrics in the modulispace of hyperbolic metrics equipped with the Weil–Petersson volume form. We then consider surfaces obtained by randomly gluing euclidean triangles (with unit side length) together and show that these surfaces have the same property.