Questions on group theory which concern finite groups.

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### Counting elements with certain word length in abelian groups

Given a (finite) abelian group $G = \langle S \mid R \rangle$, has the problem of counting the number of elements which can be expressed as a word (in $S$) of length $\leq k$ been studied? If so, ...

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### Is there a way to find an efficient set of relations for presenting the subgroup generated by two matrices in $SL(2, q)$?

Given two elements $a, b \in SL(2, \mathbb{F}_q)$, is there a way to find an efficient presentation $$\langle x, y \mid \text{relations}\rangle$$ of the subgroup $\langle a, b \rangle$?
My intention ...

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### What are the 2-generated subgroups of the special linear group $SL(2, q)$ over a finite field?

What is the subgroup structure of the subgroups $\langle a, b\rangle$ where $a, b \in SL(2, q)$?

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### Is every nonabelian finite simple group a quotient of a triangle group $(a,b,c)$ with $a,b,c$ coprime?

Here by triangle group $(a,b,c)$ I mean the group with presentation
$$\langle x,y \;|\; x^a = y^b = (xy)^c = 1\rangle$$
In other words, for every finite simple nonabelian group $G$, do there exist ...

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### Is there a structure theorem or group law for finite groups generated by two elements?

Say that $a, b \in G$ are two elements of a finite group $G$. Is there a structure theorem for the structure of $\langle a,b\rangle$? Is there a way to derive group laws for the group operation in the ...

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### A representation of a finite group where every nonzero vector has a trivial stabilizer [duplicate]

What are the finite groups which admit a non-zero representation in char 0 where every non-zero vector has stabilizer equal to $\left<1\right>$? Cyclic groups of prime order is one obvious class....

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### A class 3 group of order 243

Let G be a group of order $243=3^5$. We denote by $(G_i)$ its lower central series and assume that $G$ has class $3$ and that $|G:G_2|=|G_3|=9$. We assume moreover that the cubing map factors as a (...

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### Why can't a nonabelian group be 75% abelian?

This question asks for intuition, not a proof.
An earlier question,
Measures of non-abelian-ness
was thoroughly answered by Arturo Magidin.
A paper by Gustafson1
proves that, for a nonabelian group,
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### Does knowing $g, g^r, g^{r^2}, g^{r^3}, \dotsc$ sometimes offer a significant advantage in finding $r$?

Is there a cyclic group $\mathcal G$ with generator $g$ for which the discrete log problem is assumed to be hard, but knowing $g, g^r, g^{r^2}, g^{r^3}, \dotsc$ for random $r$ makes finding $r$ easy?
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### Isotropic subspaces in a symplectic vectorspace over $GF(q)$

Let $V$ be a symplectic vectorspace of dimension $2n$, and $r\mid n$. Is this statement true?"There is an isotropic spread of $r$ dimensional subspaces in $V$". By an isotropis subspace I mean a ...

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### Subgroup of Projective general linear group on complete discrete valuation ring

Let $R$ be a complete dvr and $k$ its residue field of positive characteristic.
Let $H$ be a finite subgroup of $PGL_2(k)$ such that the order of $H$ is prime with $char(k)$.
Is there some ...

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### Asymptotic of min(#generators times diameter), for a Cayley graph of Sn

This post is a sequel of Diameter of symmetric group.
Let $\Sigma$ a generating subset of $S_n$, $\Gamma(S_n, \Sigma)$ the Cayley graph and $d_{\Sigma}$ the diameter of $\Gamma(S_n, \Sigma)$.
Let $...

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### Permutation covering of a $G$-lattice

Let $G$ be a finite group.
By a $G$-lattice we mean a finitely generated free abelian group $L$ with an action of $G$.
We say that $L$ is a permutation $G$-lattice if $L$ has a ${{\mathbf{Z}}}$-basis ...

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### On Thompson conjecture

Let $N(G)$ be the set of conjugacy class sizes of finite group $G$. Let $G$ be a finite group for which $N(G)=N(A_n)$, where $A_n$ is the alternating group of degree $n$.
Let $p$ and $q$ be distinct ...

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### Next steps on formal proof of classification of finite simple groups

While people are steaming ahead on finessing the proof of the classification of finite simple groups (CFSG), we have a formal proof in Coq of one of the first major components: the Feit-Thompson odd-...

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### Representation of finite group

Let $\Gamma$ be a finite index subgroup of $SL_2(\mathbb{Z})$. Let $\pi$ be a natural covering from $\Gamma\backslash\mathbb{H}$ to $SL_2(\mathbb{Z})\backslash\mathbb{H}$. Denote by $\text{Deck}(\pi)$ ...

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### Finite groups which have elements $g$ of order $pq$ such that the sizes of the conjugacy classes of $g^p$, of $g^q$ and of $g^{q-p}$ coincide [closed]

Let $G$ be a finite group and let $g \in G$ be an element of order $pq$, where $p < q$ are
prime numbers. Denote by $g^G$ the conjugacy class of $g$ in $G$. Under which conditions
does the ...

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### Are the finite groups inclusions, almost all relatively cyclic?

Definition: An inclusion of finite groups $(A \subset B)$ is relatively cyclic if $\exists b \in B$ such that $\langle A,b \rangle = B$.
Definition: Two inclusions of finite groups are equivalent, $(...

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### Groups with many vanishing elements

It is well-known that every non-linear character $\chi$ of a finite group $G$ vanishes on some elements of $G\setminus Z(\chi)$. The question is
What can be said about a finite group $G$ for which $\...

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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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### Finite quotients of an infinite product of finite groups

Let $G$ be a finite group.
Consider the direct product $\Gamma=\prod_{i=1}^{\infty}G$ of (countably) infinitely many copies of $G$. For every finite set of numbers $\{i_1,\ldots,i_n\}$ we have the ...

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### Is there a big solvable subgroup in every finite group?

Definition: Let $G$ be a group, and let $H \leq G$ be a subgroup. We say that $H$ is big in $G$ if for every intermediate subgroup $H \leq L \leq G$ there exists some $x \in L$ such that $\langle H \...

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### Subgroups of powers of the alternating group on 5 elements

Definition: Let $G$ be a group, and let $H \leq G$ be a subgroup. We say that $H$ is big in $G$ if for every intermediate subgroup $H \leq L \leq G$ there exists some $x \in L$ such that $\langle H \...

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### When does a finite group have a lower-dimensional representation than one of its quotients?

The minimal dimension of a nontrivial representation of a central extension of a group $G$ can be smaller than the minimal dimension of a nontrivial representation of $G$. What about non-central ...

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### divisors of $p^4+1$ of the form $kp+1$

In group theory the number of Sylow $p$-subgroups of a finite group $G$, is of the form $kp+1$.
So it is interesting to discuss about the divisors of this form. As I checked it seems that for an odd ...

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### The groups with symmetric subgroups lattice

Let $G$ be a group and $\mathfrak{L}(G)$ be set of all subgroups of $G$. Clearly, $\mathfrak{L} (G)$ is a lattice.
If we know that $\mathfrak{L} (G)$ is symmetric then what can be said about the ...

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### Is a prime index inclusion of finite groups, separating?

Let $(H \subset G)$ be an inclusion of finite groups.
Let $\{ g_i \ \vert \ i \in I=[1, \dots ,n] \}$ a subset of $G$ of double coset representatives, i.e. $$G = \coprod_{i \in I} Hg_iH$$
On the ...

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### Minimal rank of a permutation resolution of a $G$-lattice

Let $G$ be a finite group.
By a $G$-lattice I mean a finitely generated free abelian group $L$ with an action of $G$.
One says that $L$ is a permutation lattice if $L$ has a $\mathbb{Z}$-basis ...

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### The lower bound of a group with characters of special degrees

Is there any lower bound for the order of a group with an irreducible character of degree $p$, where $p$ is a prime.
Is there any similar result for $p^2$ or $p^3$ instead of $p$?
Thanks for your ...

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### classification of $p$-groups

I have two questions regarding to $p$-groups.
A $p$-group $G$ is said to be extraspecial of $G'=Z(G)$ has order $p$. Hence extraspecial groups are examples of $p$-groups with cyclic center. Of ...

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### Is there a better rank bound for fibered products?

Let $G$ be a profinite group of rank $d \geq 2015$, which is a fibered product of two groups of rank at most $2$. That is, there exist closed normal subgroups $N_1, N_2 \lhd_c G$ with $N_1 \cap N_2 = \...

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### A simple group that its order divide order of an alternating group

Let $G$ be a simple group such that
1) $|G|\mid|\mathrm{Alt}_{p}|$
2) $p\mid |
G|$, and $p>13$ is prime.
3) $G$ hasn't any elements of order $rp$ for every prime number $r$.
My question: (...

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### Localized at $p$ integral representations of finite elementary $p$-groups

Let $C_p$ be a cyclic group of prime order $p$.
Let $F=C_p^n=C_p\times\dots\times C_p$ ($n$ times).
I would like to to classify finite dimensional representations of $F$ over ${\mathbb{Z}}$.
However, ...

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### about subgroup of general linear group [closed]

Thanks for any comments
Let $G=GL_n(F)$ be general linear group over finite field $F$. Consider two isomorphic subgeoup $H_1,H_2$ of $G$ such that $H_i\cong GL_k(\bar{F})$, where $\bar{F}$ is an ...

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### Finite groups normalizing a torus

Let $G$ be a semi-simple linear algebraic group over the complex numbers, e.g. the special linear group. Can you find an example of a finite sub-group $H$ of $G$ which does not normalize any maximal ...

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### What is the corank of a proper char subgroup of a finite index subgroup of a free group?

Let $F$ be the free group of rank $\aleph_0$, let $L \leq F$ be a finite index subgroup, and let $M$ be a proper characteristic subgroup of $L$. Is it possible that there exists a finite subset $S \...

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### Orbits of a cyclic group on the powerset [closed]

Let $G$ be a finite cyclic group and denote by $\mathcal{P}(G)$ its powerset. Then $G$ acts on $\mathcal{P}(G)$ by acting on each element in a subset $S\in\mathcal{P}(G)$individually. Is there any ...

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### Generalization of the fundamental theorem of cyclic groups 2

This post is a sequel of Generalization of the fundamental theorem of cyclic groups
Let $G$ be a finite group then the fundamental theorem of cyclic groups can be formulated as follows:
Theorem: $G$ ...

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### Generalization of the fundamental theorem of cyclic groups

Let $G$ be a finite group then the fundamental theorem of cyclic groups can be formulated as follows:
Theorem: $G$ is cyclic iff it admits no two different subgroups with the same order.
proof: see ...

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### Finite solvable groups are generated by a nilpotent subgroup + K elements?

Is there a constant $K \in \mathbb{N}$ such that for every finite solvable group $G$, there exists a nilpotent subgroup $N \leq G$, and a subset $S \subseteq G$ with $|S| \leq K$, and $\langle N,S\...

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### Does every connected vertex transitive graph on $n$ vertices (except for $C_n$) have minimum feedback vertex set of size $\Omega(n)$?

Feedback vertex set is a set of vertices whose removal leaves an acyclic graph.
It is known that every vertex transitive graph on $n$ vertices has minimum vertex cover of size $\Omega(n)$. It is also ...

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### Extensions of $SL(2,\mathbb{F}_q)$

Let $n = q(q^2-1)$ (the order of $SL(2,\mathbb{F}_q)$ I think). How many groups of order $2n$ contain $SL(2,\mathbb{F}_q)$ as a (necessarily normal) subgroup? Is this number known exactly? Seems ...

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### scalar multiple of Young symmetrizer

The following is a lemma from Fulton and Harris' book -Representation theory,a first course (page 53):
Lemma: For all $x\in \mathbb{C}\mathfrak{S}_r$, $c_{\lambda}\cdot x\cdot c_{\lambda}= scalar \;...

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### Are such averages known with representations of $S_n$?

Like is there a sense in which one can quantify that for two group elements (in different conjugacy classes) their characters are "close" for some fixed irreducible representation? (feel free to stick ...

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### Guess that group via product queries

Suppose someone (person B) knows a finite group $G$ of order $n$.
You (person A) know only the order $n$,
and that $1$ is the name of the identity element.
The group elements are named $1,2,\ldots,n$ ...

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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 ...

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### How does one calculate/estimate/guarantee the girth of a non-Abelian Cayley graph?

This question is in reference to this other question,
Can someone point out references (or explain!) which give techniques of being able to prove for any Cayley graph this property of having a girth ...

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### How generic are Cayley graphs of non-Abelian groups with logarithmic girth?

Given a non-Abelian group $G$ I want to choose a symmetric generating set $S \subset G$ such that $Cay(G,S)$ has girth logarithmic in the size of the set. I want to know,
For which $G$ can the ...

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### Is anything known about the eigenspectrum of the regular representation of the permutation group?

I am looking for information like upper bounds on how many times any eigenvalue can occur or something like how many eigenvalues can be there in some given range. Is anything like this known?
The ...

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### Does every group that satisfies the maximal permutizer condition then satisfy the permutizer condition?

The
permutizer of a subgroup $H$ of $G$ is defined to be the subgroup generated by all cyclic subgroups of $G$ that permute with $H$,
i.e. $\langle x \in G | \langle x \rangle H = H \langle x \rangle \...