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(co)homology of symmetric groups

Let $S_n=\{\text{bijections }[n]\to[n]\}$ be the n-th symmetric group. Its (co)homology will be understood with trivial action. What are the $\mathbb{Z}$-modules $H_k(S_n;\mathbb{Z})$? Using GAP, we ...
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In what sense is the classification of all finite groups “impossible”?

I think there is a general belief that the classification of all finite groups is "impossible". I would like to know if this claim can be made more precise in any way. For instance, if there is a ...
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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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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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Soluble group algebras and centralizers

Let $K$ be field with $\mathrm{char}(K) = p > 0$ and $G$ a finite group such that $KG$ is soluble. Then the $p$-Sylow-subgroup of $G$ is normal and contains the derived group of $G$ and every ...
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Sums of degrees of irreducible complex characters

The sum of the degrees of the irreducible complex characters (not the square sum which is the group order) is relevant to determine the dimension of a maximal torus of the Lie algebra associated to ...
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breadth of a finite p-group

The breadth of an element $x$ in a finite $p$-group G is defined to be that integer $b = br(x)$ such that $p ^b = |G : C_ G (x)|$, while the breadth $br(G)$ of $G$ is the supremum of $\{br_ G (x) | x ...
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Classification of indecomposable inclusions $(H \subset G)$ with $G$ decomposable

Definition: A group $G$ is indecomposable if: $G = G_1 \times G_2 \Rightarrow \exists i \ G_i = 1$. We can generalize the notion of indecomposable from groups to inclusion of groups as ...
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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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Prime order elements in $GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$

What is known about the elements of prime order $p$ in $GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$? All I know at this point is that $GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$ has an element of prime order $p$ iff $p-1\leq n$ and that there are only ...
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Irreducible representation of Heisenberg group with characteristic 2?

As we all know that the irreducible representation for Heisenberg group can be classified easily when the group is over a finite field $\mathbb{F}_q$, where $q=p^n$ and $p$ is a prime greater than ...
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Uniqueness of the direct product decomposition of inclusions of finite groups

This post is a generalization of Uniqueness of the direct product decomposition of finite groups. Here we look inclusions of finite groups $(H \subset G)$ instead of just finite groups. Definition: ...
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Absolute irreducibility of a symmetric square?

This is a question I received today by email, which somebody more experienced with finite group representations can probably answer directly. Take $F:=\mathbb{F}_q$ for some prime power $q$, so ...
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Existence of finite nonabelian groups satisfying certain identities

Is there a finite nonabelian group satisfying all of the following identities? $$ (x^py^p)^2 = (y^px^p)^2, \quad p = 2,3,5,7,11,\ldots (\text{primes}) $$ I thank you all in advance.
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The coproduct on the 2-boxes space of the group-subgroup subfactor planar algebras

Let $(H \subset G)$ be an inclusion of finite groups. Let the subfactor $(\mathcal{R} \rtimes H \subset \mathcal{R} \rtimes G)$ with $\mathcal{R}$ the hyperfinite ${\rm II}_1$ factor, and its planar ...
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Questions on invariant operators of finite group representations

1) Is there an equivalent of the Casimir operator for an irreducible representation of a finite group? 2) Given an invariant operator of a certain group, can I check if it is invariant under only ...
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Asymptotic density of finite abelian and solvable groups

For every natural number n, let: Gn be the number of distinct group structures with at most n elements; An be the number of distinct abelian group structures wit at most n elements; Sn be the number ...
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What's the ratio of inclusions of finite groups with a distributive lattice?

Definition: Two inclusions of finite groups are equivalent, $(A \subset B) \sim (C \subset D)$, if: $(A/A_B \subset B/A_B) \simeq (C/C_D \subset D/C_D)$ with $A_B$ the normal core of $A$ in $B$. ...
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Special linear groups contained in symplectic groups

Let $q$ be a power of prime $p$, and $n, m, k$ positive integers such that $mk=2n$ and $2\leq m<2n$. Let $\mathrm{Sp}(2n,q)$ be the symplectic group of dimension $2n$ over $\mathrm{GF}(q)$ and ...
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orthogonal group in characteristic 2

Let $O(2,\mathbb{Z}_2)$ be the orthogonal group of order two matrices. On $\mathbb{Z}_2$ there should exist just one odd quadratic form, hence the stabilizer subgroup $O^-$ of an odd quadratic for ...
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Successive Schur covers

Let $G_0$ be a finite group and $G_j$ a Schur cover of $G_{j-1}$ for $j=1,2,3\ldots$. Is $G_2$ equal to $G_1$? If not, will the sequence stop after finite steps in general?
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Combination of two recent problems about finite groups of square orders

Is there any finite group $G$ of order $n=m^2$ satisfying the following conditions? (a) There is no subgroup of order $m$; (b) There exist subsets $A$, $B$ such that $|A|=|B|=m$ and $G=AB$. ...
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Possible degrees of faithful projective representations of $\mathrm{PSL}(k,q)$ and $\mathrm{Sp}(2k,q)$ over complex numbers

Let $q$ be a prime power and $k$ a positive integer. What are the possible degrees of faithful projective representations of the projective special linear group $\mathrm{PSL}(k,q)$ (over the Galois ...
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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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A question on conjugacy classes of central involutions in a finite group

An involution $a$ of a group $G$ is called central if there exists a sylow $2$-subgroup $H$ of $G$ such that $a \in C_G(H)$, or equivalently if the centralizer of $a$ contains a sylow $2$-subgroup. ...
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Generalization of Frobenius groups

Frobenius group is a transitive permutation group on a finite set, such that no non-trivial element fixes more than one point and some non-trivial element fixes a point. In other words, if in a ...
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Self-duality of the subgroup lattice of $G\times H$

Let $G$ and $H$ be finite groups and $\gcd(|G|,|H|)=1$. Suppose the lattice of all subgroups of $G\times H$ is self-dual. Is the lattice of all subgroups of $G$ self-dual?
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Classification of 2-groups with center of index 4

Can one obtain a classification of 2-groups with center of index 4, analogous to the classification of 2-groups with derived subgroup of index 4?
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Are there workable numerical approaches for the pentagon equation?

Warning: this post is the "numerical" analog of Are there workable algebraic geometry approaches for the pentagon equation? I've replaced "algebraic geometry" by "numerical" in its content, ...
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quasiprimitive non-solvable groups

I'm looking for the reference about quasiprimitive unsoluble groups. Actually we can find a lot of useful things about quasiprimitive solvable groups in "Representations of solvable groups by Manz 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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Generating finite groups

Let $G$ be a finite group possessing a generating set of order $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Let $H \leq G$ and $x_1, \dots, x_n \in G$ for which $\langle H, x_1, \dots, x_n \rangle = G$. Must there be $h_1, ...
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Are there workable algebraic geometry approaches for the pentagon equation?

A pentagon equation is a system of polynomial equations of degree $3$ with several variables and integer coefficients, given by a fusion ring. A fusion ring is given by a finite set of integer ...
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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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representable functions on FinGrp

We look at functions $f: \text{FinGrp} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ such that $f$ is constant on isomorphism classes. Let's say that $f$ is representable if there is a (possibly infinite) group $K$ such ...
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Where can I find the classification of groups of order 16p? [closed]

I need to classify the groups of order $16p$ by their generators and relations between the generators. Can I find this classification anywhere?
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Products of subgroups that generate a finite group

Consider the following general problem. There is a finite group $G$ and $H_1,H_2 < G$. Suppose we know that $\langle H_1, H_2 \rangle = G$, i.e. $G$ is generated by $H_1$ and $H_2$. Denote by $n_0$ ...
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A particular example of solvable group

Let be $m$ an integer, $m>0$, $n=p_1^{a_1}...p_t^{a_t}$. Define $f(n)=a_1+...+a_t$. Let $G$ be a finite group and define $f(G)=\max\left\{\,f(\lvert g\rvert):g\in G\,\right\}$. Is there a finite ...
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The special subgroups of a finite abelian group of rank two

Let $G=\langle a_{1}\rangle\times\langle a_{2}\rangle$ such that $|a_{i}|=2^{k_{i}}$ and $k_{1}>k_{2}$ and $H$ be a subgroup of $G$ that there exists an automorphism of $G$ such that fix only ...
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Making a profinite group free

Let $F$ be a free profinite group, $G$ a profinite group. Suppose that the free profinite product $F \amalg G$ is a free profinite group. Must $G$ be a free profinite group? For abstract groups the ...
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groups of order $ p(p^2-1) / 4 $ where $p$ is a prime

Let $p> 3$ be a prime number and $G$ be a finite group of order $p(p^2-1) / 4 $. If $ 4 \mid (p+1)$ then easily we can see that the $ p$-Sylow subgroup of $G$ is a normal subgroup of $G$. As I ...
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Union of conjugates of a subgroup

Let $G$ be a finite group, $H \leq G$ a proper subgroup. It is well known that the union of the conjugates of $H$ does not cover $G$. I would like to know of more precise results (even in special ...
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smooth quotient out of a singular variety?

If $X$ is a smooth quasi-projective variety over $\mathbb{C}$ and $G$ is a finite group acting faithfully on $X$, then the Shepard-Todd theorem gives us some criterion for $X/G$ to be smooth. My ...
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What is natural about the well-known bijection between conjugacy classes and irreps of a symmetric group?

Symmetric groups possess a well-known bijection between conjugacy classes and irreducible representations. More precisely, both sets are indexed by Young diagrams. Question: To what extent is this ...
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maximal subgroup of a $p$-group

Let $G$ be a $p$-group of order $p^t$, and also let $exp(G)=p$. Is there such a group $G$, such that every maximal subgroups of it, not being abelian? In fact, I want an example of such a group with ...
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Subgroup property stronger than being characteristic

In what follows, all groups are assumed to be finite. Recall that if $K \leq H \leq G$ are groups, $K$ is said to be a weakly closed subgroup of $H$ in $G$ if, for all $g \in G$, $g^{-1}Kg \leq H$ ...
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On the Suzuki group

Let $G$ be the Suzuki group over the field with $q=2^{2m+1}$ elements, $m>0$. Then, by Theorem 3.10 from B. Huppert, N. Blackburn, Finite Group III, pp 192-193, or wikipedia, the group $G$ contains ...
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Generators of Sylow subgroups

Is there a function $f : \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ such that for each finite supersolvable group $G$, and a Sylow subgroup $S \leq G$ we have $d(S) \leq f(d(G))$? Here $d(H)$ denotes the ...
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Enumeration of a finite group

Let $G=\{g_1,g_2,...,g_n\}$ be a group with $e=g_1$ and $n$ is odd, Set $$a_1=g_1$$ $$a_2=g_1g_2$$ $$a_3=g_1g_2g_3$$ $$a_n=g_1g_2...g_n$$ I am looking for example that all $a_i$ are different from ...
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On the order of finite simple groups

About the order of finite simple groups there exists a very interesting result which stated as follows: Let $G$ be an non-solvable simple group of order $g$. If $p\mid g$, where $p>g^{1\over 3}$ ...