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Uniform proof that a finite reflection group is determined by its degrees?

Given a finite (real) group $G$ generated by reflections acting on euclidean $n$-space, it was shown by Chevalley in the 1950s that the algebra of invariants of $G$ in the associated polynomial ...
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Reflection groups in O(n+1,n) arising `in nature'?

For a while a friend and I have been thinking about a family of integral symmetric bilinear forms of signature $(n+1,n)$. Such lattices in our case arise 'in nature' (in a certain problem about vector ...
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Do p-compact groups have a sufficiently good notion of “flag variety” and “intersection cohomology”?

This is mostly an idle question, since I don't think I'd be able to do anything with a positive answer. But a positive answer would still be interesting, I think. Background An outstanding problem ...
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Classifying algebras with two idempotent generators and involution

Say that a finite-dimensional algebra $H$ over a field $K$ is dihedral if $H$ is generated by idempotents $P_1$ and $P_2$ and there is an algebra involution interchanging $P_1$ and $P_2$. For ...
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Applications (and source) of Bourbaki exercise on root systems with two root lengths?

In Chapters 4-6 of Bourbaki's Groupes et algebres de Lie, Exercise 20 for Section VI.1 concerns irreducible (reduced) root systems with roots of two lengths: in other words, systems of types $B_\ell, ...
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Topological obstruction to icosahedral symmetry?

Let $G$ be a compact simple lie group of rank $n$. Then the Poincaré series of $G$ is given by $$P(G,q)=\prod_{i=1}^n (1+q^{2d_i-1}),$$ where the integers $d_1\leq d_2\leq \cdots \leq d_n$ are the ...
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simple roots of a reflection subgroup

Consider a Hermitian symmetric pair of complex Lie algebras $(\mathfrak{g},\mathfrak{k})$ and split the set of roots into compact roots (i.e. roots of $\mathfrak{k}$) and noncomapt roots $\Delta = ...
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When are parabolic Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials nonzero?

Let $W$ be a Coxeter group with simple reflections $S$ and let $J \subseteq S$. Let $P^J_{\tau, \sigma}$ be the parabolic Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials in the case $u = q$ in the sense of On Some ...
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How linearly independent are the obvious combinatorial invariants of a Bruhat interval?

Let $[u, v]$ be a Bruhat interval in some Coxeter group. Let $I$ be the set of all Bruhat intervals. I am interested in functions $I \to \mathbb{Z}$ which are invariant under poset isomorphisms. ...
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A question on a Davis complex of a Coxeter group

Let us have a look at p. 64 of M. Davis book "The Geometry and Topology of Coxeter Groups". The discussion preceeding Definition 5.1.3. shows that $\mathcal{U}(G, X)/G$ is homeomorphic to $X$. Theorem ...