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### Invariant Polynomials under a Group Action (hidden GIT)

Let's say I start with the polynomial ring in $n$ variables $R = \mathbb{Z}[x_1,...,x_n]$ (in the case at hand I had $\mathbb{C}$ in place of $\mathbb{Z}$).
Now the symmetric group $\mathfrak{S}_n$ ...

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### Injective modules and Pontrjagin duals

Forgive me for this naive question.
We consider the following lemma and its proof in Lang's algebra, Third Ed., published 1999, Chap. 20, section 4, page 784.
Every module is a submodule of an ...

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### Is \mathbb{C}^{n \times n} algebraically closed?

Inspite of the fact that $C^{n \times n}$ is not a field, is it still possible to talk about it being 'algebraically closed' in the sense that $\forall f \in \mathbb{C}^{n \times n}[x]$ does $\exists ...

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### Examples of Completions and Algebraic Closures

It is widely known that the algebaric closure of the $p$-adic completion $\mathbb{Q}_p$ of $\mathbb{Q}$ isn't complete anymore. It's completion is complete and known as $\mathbb{C}_p$.
I have read ...

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### Sign of infinite permutations?

Let $S_\infty$ the group of permutations of $\mathbb{N}$. It can be shown that there is no homomorphism $S_\infty \to \mathbf{Z}/2$ extending the sign on the finite symmetric groups. Is it possible to ...

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### Infinite Tensor Products

Let $A$ be a commutative ring and $M_i, i \in I$ be a infinite family of $A$-modules. Define their tensor product $\bigotimes_{i \in I} M_i$ to be a representing object of the functor of multilinear ...

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### Famous exercise from Lang's Algebra

There's a famous story about an exercise from Lang's Algebra that says something along the lines of "pick up a homological algebra book and prove all of the theorems yourself". I cannot find it in ...

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### when are epimorphisms of algebraic objects surjective?

let $C$ be the category of $\tau$-algebras for some type $\tau$. consider the statements:
every monomorphism is regular.
every epimorphism in C is surjective.
it is easy to see that 1. implies 2. ...

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### Generalization of the shakehands/condom puzzle?

The classic handshake puzzle goes something like this:
"Given that everyone has a different skin disease, how can you safely shake hands with 3 people when you have only 2 gloves?"
Its common ...

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### when is A isomorphic to A^3?

this is totally elementary, but I have no idea how to solve it: let $A$ be an abelian group such that $A$ is isomorphic to $A^3$. is then $A$ isomorphic to $A^2$? probably no, but how construct a ...

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### Newbie boolean algebra question [closed]

The Majority Function is
1: A.B.¬C + A.¬B.C + ¬A.B.C + A.B.C
I can see intuitively that it can be simplified to
2: A.B + A.C + B.C
and thus A.(B + C) + B.C
but how can I use boolean algebra to ...

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### computation, algebra, logic

So a really simple way of describing a digital computer is to say that it is a device for performing boolean operations. You feed it a bunch of bit strings, which is a description of the problem and ...

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### Decomposition result for multivariate polynomial

Let $k$ be a positive integer greater than $1$ and suppose that $F \in \mathbb{Z}[x_{1}, \ldots, x_{k}]$.
Can we always find a natural number $n(k)$ and $f_{1}, \ldots f_{n(k)} \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ ...

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### Inverses in convolution algebras

Let $G$ be a locally compact totally disconnected group, and to make life easy let's suppose its Haar measure is bi-invariant. Let $C_c(G)$ be the space of locally constant complex functions on $G$ ...

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### Do convolution and multiplication satisfy any nontrivial algebraic identities?

For (suitable) real- or complex-valued functions f and g on a (suitable) abelian group G, we have two bilinear operations: multiplication -
(f.g)(x) = f(x)g(x),
and convolution -
(f*g)(x) = ...

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### Canonical examples of algebraic structures

Please list some examples of common examples of algebraic structures. I was thinking answers of the following form.
"When I read about a [insert structure here], I immediately think of [example]."
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