We apply the theory of large-scale geometry of Polish groups to groups of absolutely continuous homeomorphisms. Let $M$ be either the compact interval or circle... We prove that the Polish group $\operatorname{AC}_+(M)$ of orientation-preserving homeomorphisms $f:M\to M$ such that $f$ and $f^{-1}$ are absolutely continuous has a trivial quasi-isometry type. We also prove that the Polish group $\operatorname{AC}_{\mathbb Z}^\mathrm{loc}(\mathbb R)$ of homeomorphisms $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ such that $f$ commutes with integer translations and both $f$ and $f^{-1}$ are locally absolutely continuous is quasi-isometric to the group of integers. To study $\operatorname{AC}_+\left(\mathbb S^1\right)$ and $\operatorname{AC}_{\mathbb Z}^\mathrm{loc}(\mathbb R)$ we use the observation that these groups are Zappa-Sz\'ep products. read more

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