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God's number for the $n \times n \times n$-cube

This is a question about Rubik's Cube and generalizations of this puzzle, such as Rubik's Revenge, Professor's cube or in general the $n \times n \times n$ cube. Let $g(n)$ be the smallest number ...
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Groups generated by 3 involutions

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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The Simultaneous Conjugacy Problem in the symmetric group $S_N$

We are interested in the following notions in the case $G=S_N$, the symmetric group on $\{1,\dots,N\}$. Fix a group $G$ and a number $d$. For $(g_1,\dots,g_d)\in G^d$ and $x\in G$, define ...
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Using math software to show that the following groups are infinite?

I would like to show that the following finitely presented group in 3 generators $P, Q, R$ is infinite in certain cases: $$P^p, Q^q, R^r, (PQ)^2, (QR)^2, (PQR)^2, (QR^{r/2+1})^a (RQR^{r/2})^b$$ For ...
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Testing permutations to see if they generate $S_n$

Alright, so a similar question was recently asked about the theoretical bound for generating certain permutations in polynomial time. I had been thinking about a related problem in algorithms (with ...
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Computability and complexity of computing $|Hom(G,H)|$ for finitely presented groups G, H.

In the general case, I want to say that determining $|Hom(G,H)|$ is incomputable, arguing that you could use the number to test for simplicity of a presentation, but I am new to this area and I keep ...
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Relations in a particular subgroup of the braid group.

I think this should be a 10 minute exercise in a decent computer algebra package - unfortunately I'm hopelessly ignorant of such things, so I'm putting it up here in the hope that someone will be kind ...
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How hard is it to compute the diameter and the growth function of a finite permutation group of small degree?

Let $G \leq {\rm S}_n$ be a finite permutation group, and let $S = \{g_1, \dots, g_k\}$ be a generating set for $G$ which is closed under inversion and which does not contain the identity. The growth ...
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Example of a group with unsolvable word problem

Today I noticed that the last relator in the 27-relator presentation of a group with unsolvable word problem given in Donald J. Collins: A simple presentation of a group with unsolvable word ...
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Computational Algebra - Where?

Hello. I'm on my last semester of a math B.Sc. and about to start studying for a math M.Sc in the same institute. It now seems like a good time to start thinking of a PhD. I'm interested in both ...
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How to generate all finite groups of order n? [closed]

I know how to generate all Abelian groups of order n, but how would I generate the others? I can't seem to find anything about this. By "generate", I mean produce the Cayley tables for all groups of ...
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Finding groups of odd order without non-cyclic nilpotent quotients

I hope that my question is appropriate for MO, since it might turn out te be mainly a question about GAP or other group theory software. Is there an algorithm to produce all non-nilpotent groups ...
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Possible orders of products of 2 involutions which interchange disjoint residue classes of the integers

Definition / Question Definition: 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 ...
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Characterization of the elements 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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Generator size for cyclic groups

Let $p$ be prime. Consider $\Bbb Z_{p}$, the cyclic multiplicative group. Is it possible to choose a generator $c$ as small as $O(\log(p))$? (wiki shows $c$ as small as $O(\log^{6}(p))$ is possible ...
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Necessary/Sufficient condition/Algorithm that tells me a function field is a kummer extension

I start my question with an example. Suppose $F/K$ be the function field generated by $x^n - yx^{n-1} - 1 = 0$. It is not a cyclic over K(y), but if I set $t = yx^{n-1}$ then we have $K(x,t) \subset ...
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Computational Ring Theory

I have tried to understand and program CGT algorithms though I am a beginner still. But I never get to hear Computational Ring Theory. Even GAP largely supports Groups Theory. Is there some initiative ...