Questions on group theory which concern finite groups.

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### Convenient reference for subgroups of a finite semidirect product?

Given a finite group $G= H \ltimes N$ (with no particular constraints on $H, N$), it's probably been known for a long time how to describe efficiently the possible subgroups of $G$. A graduate ...

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### A sum over characters of the symmetric group

Let $C_\mu$ be the size of the conjugacy class in $S_n$ of permutations whose cycletype is the partition $\mu\vdash n$. Let $\chi$ be the characters of the irreducible representations of $S_n$.
Let ...

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### Can a large transitive permutation group need many generators?

let $G$ be a transitive permutation group acting on $\{1, \ldots, n\}$, and let $d(G)$ be the minimal number of generators of $G$. Is it true, that for $n\rightarrow\infty$ we have ...

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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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### A subgroup intersects conjugacy class of every prime power order element

Let $G$ be a finite group and $H$ be a subgroup of $G$. Suppose that for any prime power order element $x$ of $G$, there exists some element $g$ in $G$ such that $x^g$ is contained in $H$. Does it ...

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### “Antipodal” maps on regular graphs?

This question is related to Realizing the diameter of a finite regular graph
Let $X=(V,E)$ be a finite, connected, regular graph of diameter $D$. Assume that, for every vertex $x\in V$, there exists ...

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### What are smallest finite images of triangle groups?

Given integers $a, b, c$ all at least 2, I would like to identify the smallest group with an element $x$ of order $a$, element $y$ of order $b$ such that the product $yx$ has order $c$. For example, ...

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### Non-isomorphic two-transitive permutation groups with isomorphic point stabilizers

The permutation groups $A = PSL(2,7)$ with its natural action on the projective line $\mathbb{P}^1(\mathbb{F}_7)$ and $B = A\Gamma L(1,8)$ with its natural action on the affine line $\mathbb{F}_8$ ...

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### Mystery of the Monstrous Moonshine

There's a very famous group, the largest sporadic simple finite group, sometimes called a monster whose size is quoted below. What's the explanation that the primes appearing in it,
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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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### complexity of counting homomorphisms

This is a question I have thought about and asked a number of people, but have never got an answer beyond "It should be true that..."
Given a finitely generated group $G$ (eg. a link group ...

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### Elementary consequences of commuting limits and colimits over groups

This is a crosspost of this MSE question.
In this n-cat cafe post, it is proven that for finite groups $G,H$ of coprime order, $G$-colimits and $H$-limits commute. Later on the following theorem is ...

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### Elements of order 3 normalizing no non-identity 2-subgroups in Almost Simple Groups

This question is partly motivated by a situation which arises in modular representation theory. A finite group $G$ is said to be almost simple if $G$ has a unique minimal normal subgroup which is a ...

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### Number of isomorphism types of finite groups

Are there some good asymptotic estimations for the number $F(n)$ of non-isomorphic finite groups of size smaller than $n$?

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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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### Can we bound degrees of complex irreps in terms of the average conjugacy class size?

This question arises when looking at a certain constant associated to (a certain Banach algebra built out of) a given compact group, and specializing to the case of finite groups, in order to try and ...

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### The cohomology group $H^{1}(GL_{2}(\mathbb{F}_{p}), M_{2}(\mathbb{F}_{p}))$

Let $M_{2}(\mathbb{F}_{p})$ be the vector space of 2$\times$2 matrices over the finite field $\mathbb{F}_{p}$ where $p$ is a prime number, and let $GL_{2}(\mathbb{F}_{p})$ be the group of invertible ...

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### existence of a finite group which is the union of self normalizing subgroups

Can a finite group G be the union of self normalizing subgroups such that the intersection between any two of these subgroups is equal to the unit of the group G? I don't think so but I can't prove ...

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### Automorphism Group of a p-group : Looking for a Reference

In the following post by DavidLHarden :
See Here
He quoted the following claim:
"There is a theorem that says that if $p$ is a prime and $|G|=p^n $ , then $|AutG| $ divides
$ \Pi_{k=0}^{n-1} ...

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### Is the Gelfand-Graev character isomorphic to a cohomology group for some sheaf on a Deligne-Lusztig variety?

Deligne-Lusztig theory
is awesome. You take a maximal torus $T$, you take a character $\theta$, construct a variety $X_T$$^*$, take etale cohomology, get a virtual character $R_T^\theta$, maybe it's ...

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### Does every automorphism of G come from an inner automorphism of S_G?

I feel sort of silly asking this question. Unless I'm very much mistaken the paper I'm reading assumes the following statement:
Let $G$ be a finite group. We may embed it via the Cayley embedding ...

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### Which finite nonabelian groups have all their quaternionic representations of degree one?

A finite group $G$ has a finite set of irreducible representations over the complex numbers. All of these representations are linear (that is, are maps in 1x1 complex matrices) if and only if $G$ is ...

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### Can we always find such an irreducible polynomial of degree n where degree(p(x)-x^n)<= n/2?

Consider unitary polynomials of degree $n$ over $GF(2)$. That is, polynomials of the form $p(x) = \sum_{i=0}^n a_i x^i$ where $a_i\in GF(2)$ and $a_n=1$.
Can we always find such an irreducible ...

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### (A very limited instance of) Lagrange's Theorem's converse and A_5

Suppose $G$ is a finite simple group and $|G|$ is a multiple of $60$. Does it follow that $G$ has a subgroup isomorphic to $A_{5}$? If so, can this be proven without using the Classification?

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### A Perturbation problem for U(n)

Let G be a finite subgroup of U(n), the unitary group acts on $\mathbb{C}^n$. If there is a unit vector $x$ in $\mathbb{C}^n$ such that g(x) is almost orthogonal to x, for all $g\in G$ except the ...

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### Embeddings of finite groups into GL(n,Q_p)

This question is inspired by some interesting comments on this recent question.
Fix an integer $n \geq 1$ and a finite subgroup $G$ of $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbf{C})$. It is known that there are ...

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### Groups which satisfy Mal'cev's theorem (locally residually finite)

Recall that a group $G$ is residualy finite if for every non-zero element $g\in G$ there exists a homomorphism $\sigma:G\rightarrow H$ such that $H$ is finite and $\sigma(g)\neq 0$. Mal'cev's theorem ...

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### Efficient presentations for finite groups

A finitely presented group which has more generators than relations has an infinite abelianization and so is an infinite group. Therefore, for a finite group, all presentations must have at least as ...

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### Finite subgroups of $PGL(3,K)$

It is well-known that finite subgroups of $PGL_2(\mathbb{C})$ are cyclic groups, dihedral groups, A4, S4 and A5 and each of these groups occurs exactly once (up to conjugacy). These facts are ...

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### Diameter of universal cover

Let $M$ be Riemannian manifold and $\tilde M$ be its universal cover (with induced metric).
What is the upper bound for $k=\mathop{diam}\tilde M/\mathop{diam} M$ in terms of $m=|\pi_1(M)|$ (or ...

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### A group action of the Heisenberg group with special symmetries

Suppose we look at the Heisenberg group $H_{d}$ as a matrix group of upper triangular matrices over the ring $\mathbb{Z}/d\mathbb{Z}$. You can even choose $d$ to be prime if you want. A natural ...

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### 3-cocycle representatives for the dihedral group $D_{2n}$?

I am looking for a reference for a complete list of 3-cocycle representatives for $H^3(D_{2n},\mathbb{C}^\times)$, where
$$
D_{2n}=\langle a, b\mid a^2=b^2=(ab)^n=e\rangle
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is the dihedral group of ...

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### Generalization of a theorem of Øystein Ore in group theory

Theorem (Øystein Ore, 1938): A finite group $G$ is cyclic iff its lattice of subgroups $\mathcal{L}(G)$ is distributive.
Proof: see below.
Let $(H \subset G)$ be an inclusion of finite groups and ...

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### Factorization of a finite group by two subsets

I want to write a GAP program for checking the following question.
Let $G$ be a given finite group with order $n$. Is it true that for every factorization $n=ab$ there exist subsets $A$ and $B$ ...

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### Are all sneaky groups products of Frobenius and 2-Frobenius groups?

I've been stuck thinking about this for a while.
Def. Let $G$ be a finite solvable group whose order is divisible by only three primes: $p,q,$ and $r$. Suppose that $G$ has cyclic subgroups of ...

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### Solving a set of equations in a finite symmetric group

A standard way to find solutions to a finite set of equations in a finite symmetric group
${\rm S}_n$ is to take the equations as relators of a finitely presented group, to use
the low index subgroups ...

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### $2$-group with two isomorphic normal subgroups of index $4$ with non-isomorphic quotients

Hypothesis: Let $P$ be a finite $2$-group with two isomorphic normal subgroups $M$ and $N$ such that $P/M\cong C_4$ (the cyclic group of order $4$) while $P/N\cong C_2^2$. By the lattice theorem, ...

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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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### Certain signed sum over $S_n$

The following question appeared in my research:
Let $G_1,G_2,G_3$ all be subgroups of $S_n$, and consider the sum
$$
\sum_{g_i \in G_i, g_1g_2g_3 = id} \epsilon(g_1)
$$
that is, we only consider ...

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### learning Deligne-Lusztig theory

Can someone give me a roadmap for learning Deligne-Lusztig theory? (Except for the original article by Deligne and Lusztig)
Edit: You may assume knowledge of representation theory of finite groups ...

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### A question about representations of finite groups

Let $G$ be a finite group and let $V$ be an irreducible complex representation of $G$.
Does there exist an element $g \in G$ which acts on $V$ with distinct eigenvalues?
If true, can you provide a ...

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### Which finite nonabelian groups have long chains of subgroups as intervals in their subgroup lattice?

Given N, what is a finite non-abelian (and preferably non-solvable) group G in whose subgroup lattice Sub[G] there is an interval that is a chain of length at least N?
Since N can be arbitrarily ...

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### Textbook source for finite group properties deducible from character table?

Various questions have been posted on MO (some answered, some not) involving the character table of a finite group $G$ over a splitting field such as $\mathbb{C}$ of characteristic 0. My basic ...

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### Leech lattice decomposition

Hello,
I am investigating the Leech lattice. Lately I have discovered following. Some lattices decompose into distinct set of orthonormal frames. For example E8 lattice which contains 240 unitary ...

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### Can any finite lattice be realized as an intermediate subgroups lattice?

Let $G$ be a finite group and $H$ a subgroup.
Let $\mathcal{L}(H \subset G )$ be the lattice of all the intermediate subgroups between $H$ and $G$.
Question: Can any finite lattice be realized as ...

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### A question on the set of element orders of a finite group

Let $G$ be a finite group of order $n$ and denote by $\pi_e(G)$ the set of element orders of $G$. What can be said about $G$ if $\pi_e(G)$ forms a sublattice of the lattice of divisors of $n$?

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### Easier reference for material like Diaconis's “Group representations in probability and statistics”

I'm teaching a class on the representation theory of finite groups at the advanced undergrad level. One of the things I'd like to talk about, or possibly have a student do any independent project on ...

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### A conjecture on solvablity of finite groups

Suppose $G$ is a finite group and $A$ an abelian subgroup. Suppose for some natural number $n\geq 2$, elements of $\gamma_n(G)$ have the form $[a, x]$ where $a\in A$ and $x\in G$. Then $G$ is ...

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### Embedding $\mathrm{PGL}(n,q^h)$ in $\mathrm{PGL}(nh,q)$

It is not very hard to see that for each prime power $q$ and natural numbers $n,h$, we have an embedding
$$\iota \colon \mathrm{GL}(n,q^h) \hookrightarrow \mathrm{GL}(nh, q),$$
obtained by choosing a ...