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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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 ...
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Equivalence classes induced on binary strings by set of permutations

Let $\mathbb{F}_2^{n}$ be the set of binary strings of length $n$ and let $f: \mathbb{F}_2^{n} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a function from the set of binary strings of length $n$ to the reals. Let's ...
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Automorphism groups of virtually cyclic groups

Let $V$ be a virtually cyclic group. Then is $Aut(V)$ also a virtually cyclic group? This is true when $V$ is a finite group (zero-ended) and when $V = C_\infty, D_\infty$ (both two-ended).
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A restatement, in terms of the semi-group product of the left-invariant completion of a Polish group, of http://mathoverflow.net/questions/71389

This is a re-statement, of sorts, of Is there a relational countable ultra-homogeneous structure whose countable substructures do not have the amalgamation property?, so far unanswered. Let $G$ be a ...
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Automorphisms of an infinite direct product of abelian groups

Let $G = \prod_p \mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$, where $p$ ranges over all primes, considered as an abelian group. What does $\text{Aut}(G)$ (or even $\text{End}(G)$) look like? I know that that if we take ...
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Sylow subgroups invariant under an automorphism

Let $G$ be a finite group and $\sigma$ an automorphism of $G$. Suppose $p$ is a prime and $\sigma$ has prime order $q \neq p$. It's easy to see that $\sigma$ fixes a Sylow $p$-subgroup of $G$ if ...
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Automorphism Group of some Classical groups

Hi All, I would like to know the Automorphism group of some simple classical groups, such as PSL(n,q) or some PSU or PSp groups. Could you please give me some recommended books or papers then? I ...
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Outer automorphisms of free groups into bigger free groups

This may be very either very simple or very unknown, but here goes: Let $F_n$ be the free group on $n$ generators and $Out(F_n)$ its outer automorphism group. Can embeddings $Out(F_n) ...
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Automorphism of a wreath product

Let $S_k \wr S_n$ be the wreath product of two symmetric groups (so $S_n$ acts on $(S_k)^n = S_k \times ... \times S_k$ by permuting the factors; we then take the semi-direct product). What is ...
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The automorphism group of a hyperelliptic curve

Let $C$ be the projective smooth genus 2 curve defined by $y^2=x^5-x$ over $\mathbb F_5.$ What is the order of its automorphism group (automorphisms over $\mathbb F_5$)? I have seen different ...
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Non-trivial consequences of Baer's theorem and Lucchini's theorem in subnormality theory

There are a couple of beautiful results in finite group theory that look trivial, at least on a first glance, but require non-trivial facts to prove. I am basically interested in whether these results ...
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Groups as automorphism groups of small graphs and the number of rigid graphs of a given size

In a recent question of mine I asked whether every infinite group is (isomorphic to) the automorphism group of a graph. The finite case was done by Frucht in 1939. The first answer to this ...
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Realizing groups as automorphism groups of graphs.

Frucht showed that every finite group is the automorphism group of a finite graph. The paper is here. The argument basically is that a group is the automorphism group of its (colored) Cayley graph ...