, Volume 64, Issue 3, pp 362-380

Indecomposability of treed equivalence relations

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We define rigorously a “treed” equivalence relation, which, intuitively, is an equivalence relation together with a measurably varying tree structure on each equivalence class. We show, in the nonamenable, ergodic, measure-preserving case, that a treed equivalence relation cannot be stably isomorphic to a direct product of two ergodic equivalence relations.