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Cyclic subgroups of finite abelian groups

I learned from MO Subgroups of a finite abelian group that the problem of enumerating subgroups (not up to isomorphism) of finite abelian groups is a difficult one. Are there simple formulas if one ...
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Minimal generation for finite abelian groups

Let $G$ be a finite abelian group. I know of two ways of writing it as a direct sum of cyclic groups: 1) With orders $d_1, d_2, \ldots, d_k$ in such a way that $d_i|d_{i+1}$, 2) With orders that are ...
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For what finite groups is the cardinality of a minimal generating set well defined?

Recently I learned that the cardinality of a minimal set of generators of a finite $p$-group $G$ is well defined namely it is equal to the dimension of $H^1(G,\mathbb{F}_p)$. Moreover, if ...
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infinite group that maps onto dihedral group

The group is generated by $y_i$, $i=0, ...,p-1$ with relations $y_0y_1=y_1y_2=...=y_{p-1}y_0$ $y_0y_2=y_1y_3=...=y_{p-1}y_1$ $\vdots$ $y_0y_{p-1}=y_1y_0=...y_{p-1}y_{p-2}$ I have run into this ...
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Looking for deterministic criteria to generate the symmetric group?

So let $S_N$ be the symmetric group of degree $N$. We think of it as a permutation group via its natural action on the set $T=\{1,2,\ldots,N\}$. Say that $H\leq S_N$ is a subgroup which acts ...
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Density of first-order definable sets in a directed union of finite groups

This is a generalization of the following question by John Wiltshire-Gordon. Consider an inductive family of finite groups: $$ G_0 \hookrightarrow G_1 \hookrightarrow \ldots \hookrightarrow G_i ...
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In an inductive family of groups, does the probability that a particular word is satisfied converge?

We have some group word $w$ in $k$ letters. We say a $k$-tuple of group elements $\vec{g} = (g_1, g_2, \ldots , g_k) \in G^k$ satisfies the word $w$ if $w$ gives the identity at $\vec{g}$. More ...