Questions on group theory which concern finite groups.

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Injective proof about sizes of conjugacy classes in S_n

It's not hard to count the number of permutations in a given conjugacy class of Sn. In particular, the number of permutations in Sn whose cycle decomposition has ci i-cycles is n!/(Πi=1n ci!ici). ...
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Lower bounds on the number of elements in Sylow subgroups

I posted this question on Math.SE (link), but it didn't get any answers so I'm going to ask here. This is an edited version of the question. Let $p$ be a prime and $n \geq 1$ some integer. ...
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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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Finite groups such that every irrep can be induced from trivial irrep of a subgroup ?

What are examples (general features) of the finite groups $G$, such that every irrep (irreducible representation) is contained (as constituent) in the representation induced from trivial ...
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Use of n-transitivity in finite group theory

Hello, apparently finite groups which are n-transitive with n>5 are only the permutation groups Sn or the alternating groups An+2, see e.g. page 226 this book by Isaacs ...
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The number of group elements whose squares lie in a given subgroup

This number is divisible by the order of the subgroup http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.2824. The proof is short but non-trivial. Is this fact new or is it known for a long time?
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Maximal number of maximal subgroups

Let $G$ be a finite group. I want to find an upper bound on the number of the maximal subgroups. My questions is does it possible to prove that the number of maximal subgroups of any finite group $G$ ...
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Groups with all normal subgroups characteristic

Today in my research, I had to use fairly explicitly the rather tautological property of finite cyclic groups that every normal subgroup is characteristic, i.e. fixed by all automorphisms. This got me ...
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factorization of the regular representation of the symmetric group

Let $\mathbb{C}[S_n]$ be the regular representation of the symmetric group $S_n$, and let $\mathbb{C}^n$ be the vector representation. Question: Does there exist a representation $V$ (of dimension ...
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Why is Klein's representation of $PSL_2(\mathbb{F}_7)$ hard to obtain?

In his famous article [1] Klein constructs a representation of $G=PSL_2(\mathbb{F}_7)$ in $\mathbb{C}^3$ (of which the first invariant polynomial of three variables gives rise to the famous Klein's ...
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Does O'Nan-Scott depend on CFSG?

My question is in the title. Some context: there are two versions of the O'Nan-Scott theorem. The first, weaker version, is due to O'Nan and Scott (independently) and gives the structure of the ...
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Number of n-th roots of elements in a finite group and higher Frobenius-Schur indicators

This is the second follow-up to this question on square roots of elements in symmetric groups and is concerned with generalisations to $n$-th roots. Let $G$ be a finite group and let $r_n(g)$ be the ...
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M24 moonshine for K3

There are recent papers suggesting that the elliptic genus of K3 exhibits moonshine for the Mathieu group $M_{24}$ (http://arXiv.org/pdf/1004.0956). Does anyone know of constructions of $M_{24}$ ...
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What's the big deal about $M_{13}$?

$M_{13}$ is the Mathieu groupoid defined by Conway in Conway, J. H. $M_{13}$. Surveys in combinatorics, 1997 (London), 1–11, London Math. Soc. Lecture Note Ser., 241, Cambridge Univ. Press, ...
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Results about the order of a group forcing a particular property.

Given a group of order $n$ where $n$ is either a specific number, or a number of a particular form, e.g. square-free, when does $n$ completely determine a particular group property among all groups of ...
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Number of squares in a finite group

This was asked at MSE but never answered. Let $G$ be a finite group and denote by $sq(G)$ the number of squares in $G$ i.e. the number of elements in $G$ which possess a square root. For example, if ...
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Reference for representation theory of SL_2(Z/n)

There are many references for the representation theory (say over $\mathbf C$) of $SL_2(\mathbf{F}_q)$ and $GL_2(\mathbf{F}_q)$, for instance lecture 5 in Fulton--Harris "Representation theory" and ...
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determinant of the table of characters

I am certain that the answer to this question exists somewhere. It might be a classical exercise. Let $G$ be a finite group. Its table of characters is a square matrix, whose rows are indexed by the ...
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Restriction from $GL_n$ to $S_n$

Let $V$ be the irreducible representation of $GL_n$ with highest $\lambda$, and $|\lambda|=n$. It is well known that the representation of $S_n$ on the $(1,1,\ldots,1)$ weight space is the Specht ...
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Explicit construction of an element of ${\rm GL}(2, p)$ of order $p+1$

It is well-known that the order of $GL(2, p)$ is $(p^2-1)(p^2-p) = (p-1)^2(p+1)p.$ It is easy to construct matrices of orders $(p-1)$ and $p$ (diagonal and parabolic, respectively), but the only way ...
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Origin of group theory problem (bound on number of Sylow subgroups)

This problem (prove that the number of Sylow subgroups of a finite group $G$ is bounded by $\frac{2}{3}|G|$) posted on MSE proved rather difficult to solve. The OP has been silent about where the ...
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The prime divisors of a simple group

Let $G$ be a finite simple group such that $\pi (G)=\pi (A_{n})$, where $n\geq 23$ ($\pi (G)$ is the set of prime divisors of the order of $G$). Is it true that $G$ is isomorphic to an alternating ...
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Enumeration of $0-1$ matrices with determinant $1$

Has the number $f(n)$ of $n \times n$, $0{-}1$ matrices whose determinant is $+1$ been enumerated? E.g., for $n{=}2$, there are $f(2)=3$ such matrices: $$ \left( \begin{array}{cc} 1 & 0 \\ 0 ...
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How much has been written down about Deligne's geometric approach to the order formula for a finite group of Lie type?

This is a follow-up to a recent mathoverflow question 34387 about computing the orders of finite unitary groups and the comments made there. Between 1955 (Chevalley's Tohoku paper) and 1968 ...
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Non-commutator in simple group?

Hi, For a group $G$, we say that $x\in G$ is a commutator if there exists $a,b \in G$ such that $x=a^{1}b^{-1}ab$, and we say that $x$ is a non-commutator if there is no $a,b \in G$ such that ...
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Finite subgroups of $PGL_2(K)$ in characteristic $p$

Let $K$ be a field of characteristic $p$. What are the finite subgroups of $PGL_2(K)$ whose orders are divisible by $p$? And if $G$ and $H$ are two such subgroups that are isomorphic, can one say when ...
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Cosets and conjugacy classes

I'm interested in the following situation: $G$ is a finite group; $C$ is a conjugacy class in $G$; $H$ is the centralizer of an element $h$ of $C$. I want information on $|C\cap Hg|$ as $g$ varies ...
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Finite groups in which every character has real values: grading the representations

Let $G$ be a finite group. Then the irreducible complex representations of $G$ come in three sorts: real, complex and symplectic=quaternionic. The type of an irreducible character $\chi$ can be read ...
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Is this a well-known bound for the derived length of a finite group?

Let $cd(G)$ be the set of degrees of the irreducible complex characters of the finite group $G$. It is conjectured that if $G$ is solvable then $dl(G)\leq |cd(G)|$ and it is a result by Gluck that ...
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What is the Hilbert class field of a cyclotomic field?

In the answers to Qiaochu's post on defining representations of finite groups over the algebraic integers, it came out that which fields a representation of a finite group is defined over might depend ...
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How many conjugacy classes of subgroups does GL(2,p) have?

How many conjugacy classes of subgroups does $\mathrm{GL}(2,p)$ have? For instance the dihedral group of order $2n$ has $\tau(n)$ cyclic normal subgroups and $\sigma(n)$ "dihedral" subgroups (as ...
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Wedderburn's theorem for $\mathbb{Q}G$

Let $G$ be a finite group and let $\mathbb{Q}G=M_{n_1}(D_1)\times\cdots\times M_{n_k}(D_k)$ be the decomposition of $\mathbb{Q}G$ as a product of rings of matrices over divisions rings. Let $Z_i$ be ...
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Largest subset of $GL_n(p)$ in which pairwise subtraction is also in $GL_n(p)$

Suppose $X\subset \mathrm{GL}_n(p)$ is a set of invertible matrices such that for every $A,B\in X$ then also $A-B\in \mathrm{GL}_n(p)\cup \{0\}$. (If anyone knows a name for such sets I would be ...
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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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How to find more (finite almost simple) groups with a given Sylow subgroup

I'm looking for some examples of actions on Sylow p-groups, and often those actions appear in the case of finite almost simple groups. Given a finite almost simple group, I understand in principle ...
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Crossed modules and degree-3 group cohomology

It is well known (see e.g. K. Brown, "Cohomology of groups") that a degree-3 cohomology class of a group G with coefficients in a module A can be thought of as an equivalence class of crossed modules, ...
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Finite groups with few double cosets with respect to abelian subgroup

The following question is motivated by the study of certain tensor categories, namely integral near-group categories. Let $G$ be a finite group and $H\subset G$ be a subgroup. Is it possible to give ...
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Is the following map from Z(G) x H^3(G, C*) --> H^2(G, C*) ever nontrivial?

Suppose that G is a finite group, then we have the following map f which takes an element z in the center of G and a 3-cohomology class w and returns a 2-cohomology class f(z,w) (for concreteness ...
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(weak?) BN-Pair / Tits System for Sporadic Groups

The structure of finite simple groups of Lie type of arbitrary rank can be described well via BN-pairs. BN-pairs basically generalize the Bruhat decomposition of matrices into monomial $N$ and ...
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Variety of nilpotent Lie algebras or $p$-groups

Here's a couple of analogous questions, one in terms of finite-dimensional complex Lie algebras and one in terms of finite $p$-groups; I'd be interested in an answer to either: 1) Let $\mathcal{L}$ ...
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An inequality for the minimal number of generators of a finite group

Let $G$ be a finite group, $n(G)$ the minimal number of generators and $m(G)$ the minimal number of irreducible complex representations generating (with $\otimes$ and $\oplus$) the left regular ...
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Group cochains invariant under the action of the symmetric group

Let $G$ be a finite group and $A$ an abelian group. Recall the cochain groups $$ C^k = \{f: G^k \to A\} $$ and the coboundary map $$ \delta : C^k \to C^{k+1} $$ $$ (\delta f)(g_1, \ldots, g_{k+1}) ...
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What can be said about Schur indices, given only the character table?

Let $\chi$ be an irreducible (complex) character of a finite group, $G$. The Schur index $m_{K}(\chi)$ of $\chi$ over the field $K$ is the smallest positive integer $m$ such that $m\chi$ is afforded ...
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Finite groups with elements of order n

Consider a finite group where all elements have the same order $n$. What could be said about such groups? For $n=2$ it could be proved that such group is isomorphic to $(\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z})^k$. ...
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Algorithm to check is representation irreducible ? Algorithm to decompose the reducible one ?

Question 1 Given a representation of a finite group, what algorithm can be used to check is it irreducible or not ? (Main case - complex numbers, comments on other cases are also welcome. "Given" ...
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Sylow subgroups of projective general linear groups

What is known about the Sylow 2-subgroups of $\rm{PGL}_n(\mathbb{F}_q)$, where $q$ is any prime power? For example, according to Theorem 7.9 in Isaacs's Character Theory, these Sylow 2-subgroups ...
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Estimate for the order of the outer automorphism group of a finite simple group

It is known (given CFSG) that all non-abelian finite simple groups have small outer automorphism groups. However, it's quite tedious to list all the possibilities. Does anyone know a reference for a ...
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Reference for this theorem in representation theory?

Let $G$ be a finite group and $\chi$ be an irreducible character of $G$ (characteristic zero algebraically closed base field). If $H$ is the kernel of $\chi$ then the irreducible representations of ...
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Realizable Order Sequences for Finite Groups

My post is motivated at least in part by this MO question. Has there been any work done on realizable order sequences for finite groups? By an "order sequence" I mean a non-decreasing list of the ...
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Dimensions and number of complex irreducible representations for SL3(Z/pZ)

This is my first post here :) I have the following two related questions. While looking in Conway's ATLAS (the 1985 one) for $SL_3(Z/pZ)$, where he does the cases $p=2,3,5,7$, I saw that the ...