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characters on a finite group with `extremal' behaviour

The following question is a bit technical, and I haven't got to grips with it enough to be able to present it as a well-focused question. However, my hope is that the collective group-theoretic ...
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Paths in groups

Given a finite group $G$, write $K(G)$ for the complete digraph on the elements of $G$. Label the edge from $g$ to $h$ by element $g^{-1}h$. Question: For what groups does there exist a Hamiltonian ...
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Orthogonal Groups over finite fields

Hello Let $\mathbb{F}_p$ be the finite field with $p$ elements. One can show that over finite fields, there are just two non-degenerate quadratic forms. So here I want to pick any non-degenerate ...
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Is there a precise notion of “almost all” such that almost all finite groups are Galois groups of extensions of the rationals?

I vainly tried to define a notion of "almost solvable group" such that every "almost solvable group" is the Galois group of a finite extension of the rationals, but I can't figure out the right way to ...
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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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What groups have a second maximal subgroup below exactly four maximal subgroups?

I am looking for a finite group $G$ with the following property: there is a (core-free) subgroup $H < G$ such that the interval $\{ K : H < K < G\}$ in Sub[$G$] contains exactly four maximal ...
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Steinberg Representations of Finite Groups of Lie Type

Let G be a finite group of Lie type. Assume G is also of universal type. Is the Steinberg representation of G generic, i.e., does the Steinberg representation admit a Whittaker model? A Whittaker ...
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On non-split extensions of $\mathrm{SL}_d(q)$

Throughout this question, the following notation holds: Let $q$ be a power of a prime $p$, and let $d>4$ be a positive integer. Let $G$ be a finite group with a normal subgroup $E$ which is an ...
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Center and representations of finite group - how are related ?

If finite group G has a center how does it influence the representations of this group ? And vice versa - can we see somehow the center (or some of its properties) from representations (from ...
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Are there any abelian 2 groups with Complete Holomorphs Other than $C^2_2$ and $C^4_2$?

The title says it. I'm reviewing some group theory concepts I haven't touched in quite a while, since I don't teach abstract algebra in my current position, and could not find the answer to this ...
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Are vertex and edge-transitive graphs determined by their spectrum?

A graph is called vertex and edge transitive if the automorphism group is transitive on both vertices and edges. The spectrum of a graph is the collection (with multiplicities) of eigenvalues of the ...
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How many finite loops?

How many finite loops of order $n$ are there? I am interested in the exact values ​​of $n$ if $n <40$ or even reasonable estimates. I am also interested in formulae or bounds for all $n$. Note ...
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Regular elements in the torus of a group of Lie type

Let $G$ be a simple linear algebraic group, and $F$ a Frobenius map, i.e. some power of $F$ is the standard Frobenius map which raises matrix entries to the $q$-th power. Then $G^F$ is a group of Lie ...
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Burnside's Lemma and Geometry

I think one of the most interesting results in Elementary Group Theory is the so-called "Burnside's Lemma", counting the numbers of orbits of a (finite) group action. I wonder if there is any ...
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Good effective versions of theorems of Artin and Brauer

The theorem of Artin and Brauer of the title are the famous theorem in the theory of representation of finite groups. For example, Artin's theorem is the statement that for every character $\chi$ of ...
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Sylow subgroups invariant under an automorphism

Let $G$ be a finite group and $\sigma$ an automorphism of $G$. Suppose $p$ is a prime and $\sigma$ has prime order $q \neq p$. It's easy to see that $\sigma$ fixes a Sylow $p$-subgroup of $G$ if ...
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Extending group actions on varieties

Let $X$ be a (irreducible) variety (over $\mathbb{C}$ if necessary, smooth orbifold if necessary), and $U\subset X$ a nonempty open subset, and let $G$ be a finite group with an algebraic action on ...
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Octonionic reflection groups

Consider Leech lattice definition provided by Wilson (Octonions and Leech lattice, 2008). There are 819 E8 sublattices defined by $ (2\lambda, 0, 0); $ $ (\lambda \overline{s}, (\lambda ...
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Is there order to the number of groups of different orders?

I was always struck by how uncharacteristically erratic the behavior of the following function is: $f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ given by $f(n):=$ number of isomorphism classes of groups of ...
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Elements living in the conjugacy class and in the centralizer of an m-cycle in Am

Let m>1 be an odd natural number, x a m-cycle in Am, the alternating group in m letters, C the conjugacy class of x in Am. Questiom: How can I describe the elements in the set { j | x^j in C} in ...
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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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Solvability of finite groups of order coprime to 15 — proof without using CFSG?

Is the solvability of finite groups of order coprime to 15 essentially easier to prove than the entire Classification of Finite Simple Groups?
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Counting conjugacy classes in simple groups of Lie type

Finite groups of Lie type include those obtained as rational points of a connected simple algebrraic group over a finite field $k = \mathbb{F}_q$ of characteristic $p$: these are split or quasi-split. ...
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Has this “pseudo-quotient” of groups been studied before?

Let $G$ be a (finite) group with subgroup $H$. Pick out (left) coset representatives: $x_1=1, x_2, \dots, x_\ell$ (so $x_1H=1H=H$). Now form an $\ell \times \ell$ table with rows and columns labeled ...
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Isomorphic simple groups

It is known that $SL_{4}(\mathbb{F}_2)\cong A_8$. Obviously, this is equivalent to the existence of a subgroup of $Sl_4(\mathbb{F}_2)$ of index $8$. How to find such a subgroup?
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Automorphisms of subgroup of hamming cube under distance constraint

Let $S$ be a subset of $\{0,1\}^n$ such that any two elements of $S$ are at least (Hamming) distance 5 apart. I'm looking for an upper bound on the size of the automorphism group of $S$. There's a ...
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A strong sum-product “for translates” in finite fields

In the course of some recent research, I've sketched out a proof of the following result. My basis question is: is the result interesting? Proposition There exists an absolute constant $c$ such ...
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Connection between two theorems on character values?

In a recent arXiv preprint here, Dipendra Prasad has revisited a 1976 theorem of Kostant (Theorem 2 in the paper On Macdonald's $\eta$-function formula, the Laplacian and generalized exponents, ...
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Fusion pattern in a cyclic subgroup of order 8

Can a finite simple group $G$ have an element $x$ of order 8 such that $x^2$ is conjugate to $x^{-2}$ but $x$ is not conjugate to any element of $\{x^3,x^5,x^7\}$? In other words, does this fusion ...
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Cyclic Sylow $p$-subgroup in finite simple groups

Hello, I came accross a beautiful and "simple" (no pun intended) theorem, mentioned here in slide 14 by Jack Schmidt. All finite simple groups have a cyclic Sylow $p$-subgroup for some $p$ I ...
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Why would dim primitive irrep divide size of some conjugacy class ?

From Isaacs et.al. 2005 Conjecture C. Let χ be a primitive irreducible character of an arbitrary finite group G. Then χ(1) divides | clG(g)| for some element g ∈ G. Here, of course, we ...
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The maximal order of an element in orthogonal groups over finite fields of characteristic 2

Let $q$ be a power of $2$ and let $(V,Q)$ be a quadratic space of dimension $2m$ over $\mathbb{F}_q$. Up to isometry, we know that we have exactly two classes of such quadratic spaces: the plus type ...
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character degree and solvability

There is an unsolved problem in Berkovich's book "Characters of Finite Groups Part 2" I state here: Is $G$ solvable if $\chi(1)^2$ divides $|G|$ for all $\chi \in {\rm Irr}(G)$? Can any one tell me ...
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Classifications of finite simple objects

I'm curious to know if other classifications are known of "finite simple structures" in the same spirit of the monumental classification of finite simple groups. Here I mean "classification" in the ...
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Sylow 3-subgroups of symmetric group

Is there any routine technique to find a set of permutations which generate a Sylow $3$-subgroup of the symmetric group $S_{n}$?
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A question on the product of element orders of a finite group

Let $G$ be a finite group of order $n$ and $\psi(G)$ be the sum of element orders of $G$. Then $\psi(G)\leq\psi(C_n)$, where $C_n$ is the cyclic group of order $n$ (see "Sums of element orders in ...
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Presentation of the Monster Group

I was reading about the monster group, and how hard it was to do calculations in it, and I wondered: Is there a known presentation of the monster group? I know that it is a hurwitz group, but other ...
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How many finite simple groups of order $p+1$?

I'm looking at finite simple groups of order $p+1$ where $p$ is a prime number. But they don't seem to fall into any classification - have these all been determined? Is the number of them even ...
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For a representation V of a finite group G, when is Hom(W, W⊗V) trivial for all irreps W?

This is probably really easy, but I just need someone to help me get mentally unstuck. As part of a description of the McKay correspondence, I want to show that if $G$ is a finite subgroup of $SU(2)$ ...
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Two groups acting on a set.

Suppose we are given a set S of points on which two different groups G and G' (given by sets of generating permutations) act. Is there an efficient algorithm for finding generators the largest pair ...
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The best upper bound for the number of involutions in a finite non-abelian simple group

Let $G$ be a finite non-abelian simple group and $t$ is equal to the number of involutions of $G$. We know that $t<|G|/3$ or $3t+1 \leq |G|$. Is this the best upper bound for the number of ...
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Almost uniquely generated groups

This is inspired by this question. Does there exist an infinite finitely generated group having (a) a unique (b) finitely many inclusion-minimal generating set(s) up to ...
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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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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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Reference requested: Random walk on groups

I am looking for a good reference to learn about random walks on groups (either finite groups or Lie groups). Ideally, I would like a reference for general theory of random walks on groups that is ...
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Subgroups of groups of Square-free order

If $G$ is a group of square-free order with at-least three prime factors, $|G|=p_1p_2....p_r$, $(2< p_i < p_{i+1})$, does $G$ contain a cyclic subgroup of composite order? (As groups of ...
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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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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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Automorphism group of a finite group

I would like to ask if there exists an explicit description of $\mathrm{Aut}(G)$, the group of automorphisms of a finite group $G$, in particular, when $G$ is abelian. E.g., if $G = ...
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Character table entries and sums of roots of unity

It is well-known that the entries of the character table of a finite group are sums of roots of unity. Question: Is the converse true? Explicitly, given $z\in \mathbb{Z}[\mu_\infty]$, can I find a ...