Questions on group theory which concern finite groups.

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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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Computing abelianizations of some explict finite subgroups of $GL_2(\mathbb{Z}/p^n \mathbb{Z})$

I have been attempting to find some abelianizations of some subgroups of $GL_2(\mathbb{Z}/p^n \mathbb{Z})$. I have been using brute force for the most part but I get very messy results. Here is an ...
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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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The Weyl group of E8 versus $O_8^+(2)$

Right now Wikipedia says: The Weyl group of $\mathrm{E}_8$ is of order 696729600, and can be described as $\mathrm{O}^+_8(2)$. The second part feels wrong to me. $\mathrm{O}^+_8(2)$ is the ...
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Subgroups of the union of conjugates

This question is an attempt to find a version of this question with a positive answer. In this question, we ask if one can find big subgroups in the union of conjugtes of small subgroups of finite ...
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To calculate $Tor_1^G(\mathbb{Z},N_{ab})$ and $Tor_1^Q(\mathbb{Z},N_{ab})$

Let $G$ be a finite $p$-group and $N$ be a normal subgroup of $G$. I wish to calculate $Tor_1^G(\mathbb{Z},N_{ab})$ and $Tor_1^Q(\mathbb{Z},N_{ab})$, where $Q=G/N$. I could not found any lecture notes ...
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Even-odd partitioned groups! [closed]

Let $G$ be a group with the property $G=G_e\dot{\cup} G_o$ with $G_oG_o\subseteq G_e\leq G$. ($\dot{\cup}$ denotes disjoint union, $\leq$ is subgroup notation, and $G_o^{-1}=\{x^{-1}: x\in G_o\}$) ...
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Finite groups: equations with many solutions

Let $\omega$ be a word in the free group on generators $x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n,g_1,g_2,\ldots,g_k$, where $n>0$ and $k\geq 0$. For any finite group $G$ and elements $g_1,g_2,\ldots g_k$ in $G$ we ...
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A dual version of a theorem of Øystein Ore in group theory

Let $(H \subset G)$ be an inclusion of finite groups. This post is a dual version for the Generalization of a theorem of Øystein Ore in which it's proved: Theorem: $\mathcal{L}(H\subset G)$ ...
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A question on $p$-central $p$-groups

Let $p$ be a fixed prime. A group $G$ is termed $p$-central if every element of order $p$ in $G$ lies in the center. Having a finite $p$-group $G$ of rank $k$ (the least integer, such that every ...
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Uniqueness of the fusion ring for simple finite group

We know that the irreducible representations $R_i$ of a group $G$ can give rise to a fusion ring: $R_i\otimes R_j = \oplus_k N^{ij}_k R_k$. I wonder if the following statement is true or not: If $G$ ...
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On shifted symmetric power sums

The functions $p^*_k(x)=\sum_{i=1}^N ((x_i-i)^k-(-i)^k)$ are analogues of power sum symmetric functions, called shifted symmetric by Okounkov and Olshanski. Define ...
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Are the distributive permutation groups linearly primitive?

An action of a group $G$ on a set $X \neq \emptyset$ is called transitive if $\forall x,y \in X$, $\exists g \in G$ such that $g.x = y$. It is called primitive if it is transitive and preserves no ...
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How do I determine a real matrix form for a group representation?

Hello mathoverflow community, I am a little stucked working on my master thesis. For a representation on $\mathbb{Z}_p\ltimes\mathbb{Z}_p^*$ induced from the additive character $\chi$ of ...
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Factorization of permutations into two factors with fixed number of cycles, plus a placement condition

In my recent work I have been led to consider the following type of permutation factorizations. Let $\pi_1$ and $\pi_2$ be two fixed permutations, with disjoint support, i.e. $\pi_1$ acts on ...
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Groups with Abelian Automorphism Group

In a paper, the authors Jonah-Konvisser say Until recently (~1975), there were no published examples of non-abelian groups with abelian automorphism groups. Heinken and Liebeck have methods for ...
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The parity of the full automorphism group order of finite non-abelian groups of prime exponent

Is there a finite non-abelian group $G$ of prime exponent such that the full automorphism group of $G$ is of odd order?
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Must normalizing field outer automorphisms “divide” the dimension?

Imprecise question: To get a normalizing field outer automorphism of order $r$, must we multiply the dimension by $r$? Precise hypothesis: Let $p\geqslant 5$ be a prime, let $q$ be a power of $p$ and ...
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For a new operation on a finite group of odd order giving a loop structure, when does this also gives a group

For finite groups $G$ of odd order, as $x \mapsto x^2$ is bijection (but no automorphism in general) then, we can define for each $g \in G$ the element $x^{1/2}$ by requiring $(x^{1/2})^2 = x$. Then ...
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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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long root elements fixed by an automorphism in simple lie type group

Thanks for any help or comments. Suppose $G=G(q)$ is a simple lie type group over field $F$ of characteristic $r$. So $G$ has some well known subgroup $X_a$ named Long root subgroup such that ...
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Irreducible reps and characters of $G \rtimes A$

Is there a theorem which classifies irreducible representations of semi-direct product of finite groups $G \rtimes A$, where $A$ is a finite abelian group and hence write down the character table for ...
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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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Character tables and simple groups.

Is it known if there are two finite non-isomorpic non-abelian simple groups with the same character table? Does this answer change if the subsidiary information (like the orders and sizes of the ...
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On the unipotent conjugacy classes in $SU(3,q^2)$

Consider the special unitary group of degree 3 over a finite field $\mathbb{F}_{q^2}$, $q=p^n$ a prime power, and $U$ its Sylow $p$-subgroup (we way fix it to be the subgroup of upper triangular ...
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Lucido's three prime lemma

Let G be a finite solvable group. If p,q,r are distinct primes dividing |G|, then G contains an element of order the product of two of these three primes. This is lucido's three prime lemma. I ...
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What kind of group invariants exist? [closed]

Let $G$ be a finite group.Then it is known, that: 1) The group determinant determines the group (up to isomorphism) 2) The 1, 2, 3 characters determine the group 3) The invariants $f_1,\cdots,f_m$ ...
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embedding of $O_4^-(q)$ in $U_4(q)$

For $q$ an odd prime power, one can construct $H:=O_4^-(q)<U_4(q)$ by treating the $H$-invariant bilinear form as Hermitean. On the other hand $U_4(q)$ is isomorphic to $O_6^-(q)$; I need to ...
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Connection between cyclic group and exponential function

I have been thinking about this for a while, but now got to the point where I got stuck. I don't know if it might be considered as a research level question, but I would be very happy if somebody knew ...
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Common zero of invariants of finite groups

Let $G$ be a finite group $n = |G|$. Let $\sigma : G \rightarrow GL(n,\mathbb{C})$ be the regular representation. Hence every element of $G$ can be seen as a permutation matrix. Let ...
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perfect group of order 190080

I need to know some properties of the perfect group of order 190080 which is the schur cover of Mathieu group 12 but by using PerfectGroup(190080), gap runs so slowly. Is there any other order in Gap ...
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Frobenius Groups of Automorphisms

Recently, I am looking different papers on the topic $$\mbox{Frobenius groups of automorphisms of a group.}$$ But I am familiar with Frobenius groups only; not with their (faithful) actions on groups. ...
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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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Smallest n for which G embeds in $S_n$?

Question: Given a finite group $G$, how do I find the smallest $n$ for which $G$ embeds in $S_n$? Equivalently, what is the smallest set $X$ on which $G$ acts faithfully by permutations? This ...
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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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Modularisation on group representations with arbitrary braiding

Applying the modularisation/deequivariantisation procedure to the representation category $\operatorname{Rep}_G$ of a finite group $G$ with trivial braiding gives the fibre functor to vector spaces. ...
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The groups with nilpotent Hall $p'$ subgroup

Theorem $1$(Burnside): A simple nonabelian finite group can not have a conjugacy classes with prime power elements. Theorem $2$: A group of order $p^nq^m$ is solvable. Theorem $1$ depends on ...
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Characterization for special linear group over finite fields

Thanks for any help or comments. In my research I need a characterization for special linear groups over finite fields by some information of its subgroups, especially centralizers. I saw the ...
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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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When does $\langle grg^{-1}|g\in G\rangle = \langle gsg^{-1}|g\in G\rangle$ imply $\langle r\rangle=\langle xsx^{-1}\rangle$?

We call a finite group $G$ normal if for all $s,r\in G$, if $\langle gsg^{-1}:g\in G\rangle =\langle grg^{-1}:g\in G\rangle $ then there exists $x\in G$ such that $\langle r\rangle =\langle ...
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Restriction of $H^3(M_{24}, U(1))$ to $M_{12} \rtimes \mathbb{Z}_2$

$M_{12}\rtimes \mathbb{Z}_2$ is a maximal subgroup of $M_{24}$, where $M_{24}$ and $M_{12}$ are Mathieu groups . Also, it is known that $H^3(M_{24}, U(1)) \cong \mathbb{Z}_{12}$. I want to find the ...
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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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Center of finite metabelian p-groups

$\DeclareMathOperator\rk{rk}$ Let $G$ be a finite metabelian $p$-group, i.e. the commutator subgroup $G'$ of $G$ is abelian. Then I ask myself under which conditions does the following hold: ...
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Maximal size of minimal generating set

Let $G$ be a finite group. Denote by $D(G)$ the maximal size of a minimal generating set, (minimal in the sense of inclusion). I vaguely remember seeing recently something on $D(G)$. Can anyone refer ...
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Which finite cyclic groups can be characterized by Lattice isomorphism and isomorphism between their automorphism groups?

Given a finite cyclic group $G$, we denote by $L(G)$ the lattice of its subgroups, and by $\mathop{\rm Aut}(G)$ the automorphism group of $G$. Let $H$ be any group. Assume that $L(G)\cong L(H)$ and ...
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A finite $p$-group with certain properties

Is there a finite $p$-group $G$ such that : (a) $G= \langle A,x,y \rangle$, with $G/Z(G)$ has exponent $p$, $A$ is a maximal abelian normal subgroup of $G$, and $G/A$ has order $p^2$ (thus it is ...
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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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Which finite groups can be characterized by their subgroup orders?

Given a finite group $G$, we denote by $\pi_s(G)$ the set of orders of its subgroups. Which finite groups $G$ can be characterized by the set $\pi_s(G)$, i.e. $\pi_s(H)=\pi_s(G)$ implies $H\cong G$? ...
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Counting cyclic subgroups of order $p^{2}$: $p$ an odd prime vs. $p=2$

While playing with Frobenius' problem (about finite groups $G$ in which, for some positive integer $n \mid |G|$, there are exactly $n$ elements of order dividing $n$), I came up with the following ...
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When is a Hermitian matrix of the form $g^*g$ for some matrix $g$

I tried asking this question on Math StackExchange and didn't get any replies. I was hoping that maybe someone here could help, sorry for duplicating. I'm trying to figure out some properties of ...