Questions about the group of automorphisms of any mathematical object $X$ endowed with a given structure, i.e the group of all bijective maps from $X$ to itself preserving this structure, and hence helping study it further and understand it better.

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Graph automorphism that swaps two pairs of nodes

Suppose we have two automorphisms on a graph $G$ such that each one swaps a separate pairs of vertices. Is it possible to construct (or prove the existence of) a third automorphism that swaps both ...
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Does the linear automorphism group determine the vector space?

I was recently thinking about what it means to put structure on a set. It seems to me that, in my area (representation theory), the two main ways of imposing structure on a set $X$ are: ...
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When is Aut(G) the symmetric group of an Aut(G)-invariant generating set?

Let $G$ be a group, $X$ a generating set of $G$. Suppose $X$ is $\operatorname{Aut}(G)$-invariant, i.e. $\sigma(X)\subseteq X$ for all $\sigma \in \operatorname{Aut}(G)$. When is the restriction ...
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edge transitivity and edge deletion

Let G be a graph which has the following properties: 1) For every $e_1,e_2 \notin E(G)$, $G \cup e_1 \cong G \cup e_2$ 2) For every $e_1,e_2 \in E(G)$, $G\setminus e_1 \cong G\setminus e_2$ i.e. ...
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Automorphism group of a smooth quadric $Q\subset\mathbb{P}^4$

Let $Q$ be the smooth quadric threefold in $\mathbb{P}^4_{\mathbb{C}}$ defined by the equation $x_0x_4+x_1x_3+x_2^2=0$. Is it true that the automorphism group of $Q$ is $SO(Q;\mathbb{C})$ which is ...
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Examples of hyperelliptic curves with hyperelliptic quotients that have more automorphisms

Does there exist a hyperelliptic curve $X$ of genus $g\geq 2$ over the complex numbers such that $X$ has a hyperelliptic quotient $X\to Y$ (in the sense that $Y$ is hyperelliptic and the morphism ...
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Automorphisms of SO_n(k,f)

Let $k$ be a field, $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and $f:k^n\times k^n\to k$ a non-degenerate symmetric bilinear form. Let $$O_n(k,f):=\{ g\in GL_n(k) \mid \forall x,y\in k^n : f(x,y)=f(g.x,g.y) \}$$ and ...
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Is the group of isometries of a homogeneous Riemannian manifold maximal?

I have a homogeneous Riemannian manifold X with isometry group Iso. Is Iso a maximal group? By maximal group, I mean that there does not exist another group G such that: Iso is a proper subgroup of ...
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Automorphism group of an affine curve

Let $q$ be a power of an odd prime. Consider the affine curve $\mathcal C$ defined over $\mathbb F_q$ by $y^2=\prod_{\xi\in\mathbb F_q}(x-\xi)$. I try to determinate the $\mathbb F_q$-automorphism ...
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$PSL_2(\mathbb{Z}/p^n)$ isomorphic to automorphism group of depth-$n$, $(p+1)$-regular tree?

A comment on another question (linked below) states "The group $PSL_2((\mathbb{Z}/p^n))$ is the automorphisms group of the $(p+1)$ regular tree of depth $n$, where at level $m$ of the tree you have ...
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The group of diffeomorphisms with compact support

Let $M$ be a topological/differentiable manifold. Is there any topology on the group of homeomorphisms/diffeomorphisms with compact support, turning it into a (locally-)compact topological group? (My ...
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Lie Automorphisms and Isotopy

Let $X$ be a Lie group, $Aut(X)$ be the Lie automorphism group of $X$ (group automorphisms which are also diffeomorphisms), and $Homeo(X)$ be the homeomorphism group of the underlying manifold. For ...
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Find finite groups $G\cong Aut(G)$

I become interested in this problem because $G\cong Aut(G)$ suggests a special symmetry in $G$ (This kind of group describes its own symmetry). From $G/Z(G)\cong Inn(G)$ we know complete group is the ...
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A structure of the group of automorphisms of an infinite binary tree

My friend asked me to ask his question here. Where he can find (a paper or a book) containing a complete description (with the proof) of a structure of the group of automorphisms of an infinite binary ...
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Elementary group theory question

Is the following statement true in general? If $G$ is any group and $K(G)=\{x \in G ; \alpha(x)=x , \forall \alpha \in Aut_c(G)\}$ when $Aut_c(G)$ is the subgroup of all central automorphisms. Then ...
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Automorphism on F_2[[X,S]]

Let us define the automorphism $\sigma$ on ${\Bbb F}_2[[X,S]]$ such that $\sigma \colon S \mapsto S + S^2 + S^3$ $\sigma \colon X \mapsto X + S$. It is easy to see that the ideal $(S)$ is stable ...
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Do varieties with ample canonical bundle have finite automorphism group in small characteristic?

Suppose $X$ is a smooth projective variety over a field $k$, with ample canonical bundle. If $\operatorname{char}(k)=0$ or $\operatorname{char}(k)>\dim(X)$ and $X$ lifts to $W_2(k)$ (thanks ...
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On the fixed point of automorphism of F_3[[T]]

Consider the automorphism $\sigma$ on ${\Bbb F}_3[[T]]$ such that $T \mapsto c_1T + f(T)$ with $c_1 = 1$ or $-1$, and $f(T) \not=0$ and the non-zero leading term $c_mT^m$ of $f(T)$ satisfies $m \geq ...
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Certain subgroup of automorphism groups of binary codes

Suppose that $C$ is an binary linear code of length $n$ and dimension $k$ (i.e. it's a $k$-dimensional linear subspace of $\mathbb{F}_2^n$). As usual, the automorphism group of $C$ is the subgroup of ...
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Iterated Automorphism Groups

Notation: For each group $G$ define: $Aut^{(0)}(G):=G$ $Aut^{(1)}(G):=Aut(G)$ $\forall n\geq 1~~~Aut^{(n+1)}(G):=Aut(Aut^{(n)}(G))$ Question: Consider $I\subseteq \omega$. Is there a group $G$ ...
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Is the conjugacy problem solvable in $Out(F_n)$?

There is a paper of Martin Lustig on his webpage giving a positive answer to the conjugacy problem for the outer automorphism group of the free group $F_n$. On the other hand, there seems not to be a ...
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Automorphisms of the L-function associated to an elliptic $\mathbb{Q}$-curve

Edited after Noam Elkies' comment: From what I understand (very few actually), there exist elliptic curves defined over some number fields $\mathbb{K}$ Galois over $\mathbb{Q}$ which are isogenous to ...
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What are the endomorphisms of the group of affine transformations of a field?

Let $k$ be a field (I am mostly concerned with $k=\mathbb{Q}$) and let $A$ denote the group of affine transformations of $k$. In other words $A$ is (isomorphic to) the group ...
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Root system automorphisms as inner automorphisms of extended Chevalley group

For each automorphism $\sigma$ of a root system $\Phi$ there is a unique automorphism of the Chevalley group $G(\Phi,R)$ such that $\sigma(x_\alpha(t))=x_{\sigma\alpha}(t')$. While conjugating by ...
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$Aut(\mathbb{Z}G)=?$ for $G=\mathbb{Z}^2\rtimes_n\mathbb{Z}$

I am interested in the automorphism group of the group ring $\mathbb{Z}G$ for some noncommutative group $G$ of the form $\mathbb{Z}^2\rtimes_n\mathbb{Z}$, say ...
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Automorphisms of $P(\Bbb N)$

I believe I've proved that the power semigroup of non-negative integers with addition has a trivial automorphism group. The proof is a bit long, completely elementary and rather unremarkable (as the ...
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Automorphism group of a finite group

I would like to ask if there exists an explicit description of $\mathrm{Aut}(G)$, the group of automorphisms of a finite group $G$, in particular, when $G$ is abelian. E.g., if $G = ...
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Fixed points of IA automorphisms

Let $F_n$ denote the free group on $n$ generators $x_1,\ldots , x_n$. Recall that an element $\varphi\in\mathrm{Aut}(F_n)$ is an IA automorphism if it induces the identity on the abelianization ...
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Maximum automorphism group for a 3-connected cubic graph

The following arose as a side issue in a project on graph reconstruction. Problem: Let $a(n)$ be the greatest order of the automorphism group of a 3-connected cubic graph with $n$ vertices. Find a ...
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Proving that a generic variety with ample canonical bundle has no automorphisms

Let $X$ be a smooth projective connected variety over the complex numbers with ample canonical bundle. If $X$ is generic and $\dim X \leq1$, the automorphism group of $X$ is trivial, see for instance ...
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Automorphisms of Generic Abelian Varieties

Automorphism groups of elliptic curves are very well understood. Of course, every elliptic curve has the automorphism $[-1]$ of order $2$. If we are over a (algebraically closed) field, this is the ...
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Automorphism classes of the free group

As is well known, the conjugacy classes of the free group $F_2$ are parametrised by cyclically reduced words, up to cyclic permutation. In particular, it's easy to tell whether two elements of $F_2$ ...
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Automorphism group of a compact Kahler manifold

Good evening, I would like to ask the following questions. Let $X$ be a compact Kahler manifold. Denote by Aut(X) the group of all the biholomorphisms of $X.$ 1) What can we say about this group? ...
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Affine automorphisms of algebraic function field towers

Are there any well-known towers of function fields over finite fields whose automorphism groups contain a transitive subgroup consisting solely of affine maps? For a (non)example of what I'm looking ...
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When is a cyclic cover hyperelliptic?

Let us work over the complex numbers for simplicity. Consider a curve $C$ presented as a cyclic cover of some lower genus curve $C'$. When $C'$ has genus $0$, we can write $C$ as the normalization of ...
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Monotonic bijections of rational numbers

How can one characterize monotonic bijections from $\mathbb{Q}$ to $\mathbb{Q}$? It is easy to see that piecewise linear functions which are strictly monotonic and surjective will do the trick, but ...
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Does this poset have a unique minimal element?

Recently I have been thinking about the following poset: the underlying set is $\mathcal{AFT}$ consisting of all (finite) automorphism-free undirected trees (with at least one edge to exclude the ...
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Confused about orbits

I am trying to apply the main theorem of this paper to a certain kind of graph and keep getting confused. The theorem uses $rank(Aut\Gamma)$ which is defined as "the number of $Aut \Gamma$ orbits on ...
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On linear automorphism on positive definite matrices.

I saw a statement in [Murakami, On automorphisms on Siegel domains] that every linear automorphism $\phi$ on the set of positive definite matrices can be represented as conjugation: i.e. there is a ...
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Outer automorphisms of an infinite simple group

Let $r(m)$ denote the residue class $r+m\mathbb{Z}$, where $0 \leq r < m$. Given disjoint residue classes $r_1(m_1)$ and $r_2(m_2)$, let the class transposition $\tau_{r_1(m_1),r_2(m_2)}$ be the ...
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Automorphisms of subgroup of hamming cube under distance constraint

Let $S$ be a subset of $\{0,1\}^n$ such that any two elements of $S$ are at least (Hamming) distance 5 apart. I'm looking for an upper bound on the size of the automorphism group of $S$. There's a ...
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Is every distance-regular graph vertex-transitive?

Is every distance-regular graph vertex-transitive?
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Maximal subgroups of a certain finite 2-group

The following came up in a problem on reconstruction of digraphs. I determined enough about the answer to satisfy the application completely, but still I am curious to know what the complete solution ...
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Eigenvectors of asymmetric graphs

Let $G$ be an asymmetric connected graph. Then is it always the case that at least one of the eigenvectors of its adjacency matrix $A$ consists entirely of distinct entries? Thanks!
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How big $|Aut(M)|$ can be, given $|\partial Aut(M)|$?

My apologies: There were a couple of typos in the original question. Hope I got them all. Let $\kappa$ be an uncountable cardinal of cofinality $\omega$ and $M$ a model of size $\kappa$. We equip ...
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Countable structures with uncountable many automorphisms

The following is supposed to be "clear" according to Kueker, but I could not see why. Can anyone help? Let $A$ be a countable structure with uncountable many automorphisms. Then for every $\vec{a}\in ...
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Automorphism group of factor groups

Let $G$ be a group and let $H$ be a factor group of $G$. Is there any result that relates $\operatorname{Aut}(G)$ (the automorphism group of $G$) and $\operatorname{Aut}(H)$? As a very special case ...
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When Aut(M) preserves a linear order?

I have a general-type question: Suppose $M$ is a countable structure that is ultrahomogeneous, i.e. every (partial) isomorphism between finitely generated substructures of $M$ extends to an ...
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Example of a Group which has $\text{SL}_{n}(\mathbb{Z})$ as the automorphism group

For the past one week, I have been trying to learn more about Automorphism groups of different groups. Very recently one of my friend asked this question to me: What is the Autmorphism group of ...
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Automorphisms in Hilbert spaces

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $H'\le H$ a subspace as Hilbert spaces (I mean, the inner product in $H'$ is the same inner product of $H$ restricted to $H'$). If we take $f:H\to H$ an automorphism of ...