# Amenable group

## Definition

An amenable group is a locally compact topological group that can be equipped with an additional structure of a left (or right) invariant mean. A mean on a locally compact group $G$ is a linear functional on $L^\infty(G)$ (the Banach space of essentially bounded functions from $G$ to $\R$) that maps nonnegative functions to nonnegative functions and sends the constant function (valuing everything to 1) to 1.

By left-invariant we mean that the mean is invariant under the action of the group on the space $L^\infty(G)$.

We can also define amenability purely in the context of discrete groups, in which case the definition becomes far simpler. Check out amenable discrete group.