Questions on group theory which concern finite groups.

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### Order of products of elements in symmetric groups

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Is it true that for any $a, b, c \in \mathbb{N}$ satisfying
$1 < a, b, c \leq n-2$ the symmetric group ${\rm S}_n$ has elements of order $a$ and $b$
whose product has order ...

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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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### Cohomology of $T^n/W$ for compact Lie groups

Let $G$ be a compact, connected and simply connected Lie group.
Let $T\subset G$ be a maximal torus and let $W$ be the corresponding
Weyl group.
Then we have the diagonal action of $W$ on $T^{n}$ ...

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### The number of subgroups of ${\frak S}_n$

Because of my interest in this question, I listed the subgroups of ${\frak S}_n$ for $1\le n\le4$. I found that the number of subgroups are, respectively, $1,2,6,24$. It might be a coincidence, or it ...

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### Primary invariants

This question is related to the earlier question which is in the given link:
Primary invariants of a finite group
Let $G$ be a finite group and $V$ a complex representation of degree $n$, and let ...

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### Subgroups of ${\rm GL}(2,p)$ [closed]

Let $p$ and $q$ be two distinct primes such that $q\nmid p-1$ and $q\mid p+1$. Also assume that $H$ and $K$ are two subgroups of order $q$ of ${\rm GL}(2,p)$. Are $H$ and $K$ necessarily ...

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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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### Chief factors and local formation

Every thing below is concerned with finite groups.
My question is about this paper
A class of groups is a collection $\mathcal{X}$ of groups with the property that
if $G \in \mathcal{X}$ and if $H ...

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### Finite groups inside an infinite group with the same homology

Suppose we have a triple of groups $G,H,K$ verifying the follwing conditions
$G$ and $H$ are finite groups and $K$ an infinite group.
there exists two monomorphisms $G\rightarrow K\leftarrow H$ ...

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### Computing characters of $\alpha$-projective representations

Given a finite group $G$, a finite cyclic group $A$ (viewed as a subgroup of $\mathbb{C}^{\times}$, i.e. generated by a $|A|$-th root of unity), and a 2-cocycle $\alpha\in Z^{2}(G,A)$. Recall that an ...

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### Quotient of Coxeter complex in terms of double cosets?

In Victor Reiner's Quotients of Coxeter Complexes and $P$-Partitions, we have the below definition for the quotient complex of a Coxeter complex by a finite subgroup of the Coxeter group. I think ...

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### Primary invariants of a finite group

For a finite group $G$ and complex representation V of degree $n$, I would like to know the precise definition of Primary invariants. Does any set of n algebraically independent homogeneous invariants ...

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### Finite groups with lots of conjugacy classes, but only small abelian normal subgroups?

Denote the commuting probability (the probability that two randomly chosen elements commute) of a finite group $G$ by $\operatorname{cp}(G)$. By a result of Gustafson [2], ...

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### Known results in the Cohomology of finite groups

I am learning to compute cohomology of finite groups and came across this survey article http://www.ams.org/notices/199707/adem.pdf "Recent Developments in the cohomology of finite groups" by ...

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### Rank of a locally free $\mathbb Z[G]$-module

This is a basic question. Let $G$ be a finite group, $M$ a finitely generated $\mathbb Z[G]$-module so that the $\mathbb Z_p[G]$-module $M_p$ is free for all prime numbers $p$, i.e. is locally free.
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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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### For $P$ $\mathbb{Z}G$-projective, $\mathbb{Q}\otimes P$ is $\mathbb{Q}G$-free

I'm looking for a proof of a theorem of Swan [1, Theorem 3]:
If $G$ is a finite group and $P$ a finitely generated projective $\mathbb{Z}G$-module, then $\mathbb{Q}\otimes_\mathbb{Z}P$ is a free ...

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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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### Character Values for Alternating Groups of degree $\geq 7$

Is it true that in each row and column of the character table of alternating groups with degree $\geq 7$ there are at most two complex values? Any reference will be highly appreciated.

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### Is this group given presentation isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}_2$, and why? [migrated]

We have the group $G = \langle a, \,b \; | \; a^2b^2ab^{-1}, \, a^3b^4a^{-2}b^{-3}\rangle$.
Obviously $G/G' = \mathbb{Z}_2$. Is it true that $G = \mathbb{Z}_2$ or equivalently that $G'=1$? It is ...

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### Radical and Centric not Essential P-group

I'm looking that in the Fusion System categories, the p-subgroups that are essential, are centric (by definition) and radical (by implication of the definition), but I want to know if there is an ...

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### A question about (unicity of certain cycles in a Cayley graph of a) symmetric group

Let $S=\{(1,2),(1,2,3,\ldots,n),(1,2,3,\ldots,n)^{-1}=(1,n\ldots,2)\}$ be a subset of the symmetric group $S_n$. We know that $(1,2,\ldots,n)(1,2)=(2,3,\ldots,n)$, and thus ...

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### Normalizers in symmetric groups

Question: Let $G$ be a finite group. Is it true that there is a subgroup $U$ inside some symmetric group $S_n$, such that $N(U)/U$ is isomorphic to $G$? Here $N(U)$ is the normalizer of $U$ in $S_n$.
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### p-groups as finite union of disjoint normal abelian subgroups

I was interested in knowing if groups with following property have been studied( like what can be said about structure of the group) :
"$G$ can be written as disjoint union of a given number of ...

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### Group cohomology of the cyclic group

It is well known how to compute cohomology of a finite cyclic group $C_m=\langle \sigma \rangle$, just using the periodic resolution,
$\require{AMScd}$
\begin{CD}
\cdots @>N>> \mathbb ...

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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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### Collecting proofs that finite multiplicative subgroups of fields are cyclic

I teach elementary number theory and discrete mathematics to students who come with no abstract algebra. I have found proving the key theorem that finite multiplicative subgroups of fields are cyclic ...

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### Exterior Powers of finite abelian group

Let $A$ be a finite $\mathbb{Z}$-module (i.e., a finite abelian group). My question is: for what $n\in \mathbb{Z}^{n\geq 2}$ the map
\begin{align}
\alpha_{n}:\bigwedge^nA&\to A^{\otimes n}\\
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### Finite group action on quasi-projective varieties

Let $X$ be a smooth, quasi-projective variety, $G$ be a finite group which acts freely and properly on $X$. Denote by $\alpha:X \to X/G$ the quotient. Is $\alpha$ generically etale?
Also, as I am ...

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### Classification of generously transitive groups

A permutation group $G \lt S_n$ is called generously transitive, if for each $i,j$ there exists a permutation that interchanges them. Is there a reasonable classification of such (finite) groups?

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### Is there a characterization of CI-groups of order less than 100?

We know some benefit criterion in articles such as:
C. H. Li, On isomorphisms of finite Cayley graphs-a survey, Discrete Math., 256 (2002) 301-334.
C. H. Li, Z. P. Lu, P. ...

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### Is there a formula for the number of elements in $S_n$ having length $k$ with respect to the generators taken to be the transpositions?

Define the length of a permutation as the minimum number of adjacent transpositions needed to describe it.
We know that there is only one element of length $0$ in $S_n$ and $n-1$ elements of length ...

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### A finite supersolvable group with generators of prescribed order

Let $G=\langle a,b\rangle$ be a finite supersolvable group. Is there any special information about the structure of $G$ when $o(a)=2$ and $ o(b)=2^k > 2$?

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### Transitive permutation groups which all of their proper subgroups are intransitive

Let $G$ be a transitive permutation group on a finite set $\Omega$. It is clear
that if $G$ is regular, then every proper subgroup of $G$ is intransitive. Is
there any other class of groups with this ...

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### Gramian of a permutation group orbit

let $W\in R^{d\times k},d>k$. Suppose that the associated gramian has the following structure:
$$
W^TW=(P_{1}t,\cdots,P_{k}t)
$$
with the set $\{P_{i},i=1,\cdots,k\}$ forming a group of ...

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### Measures of non-abelian-ness

Let $G$ be a finite non-abelian group of $n$ elements.
I would like a measure that intuitively captures the
extent to which $G$ is non-commutative.
One easy measure is a count of the non-commutative ...

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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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### An optimal lower bound related to generators in a boolean interval of finite groups

Let $[H,G]$ be a rank $n$ boolean interval of finite groups (i.e. $[H,G] \simeq B_n$ as lattice).
Let the set $E = \{ g \in G \ | \ \langle H,g \rangle = G \}$
Remark: If $g \in E$ then $Hg ...

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### Are there $n$ groups of order $n$ for some $n>1$?

Given a positive integer $n$, let $N(n)$ denote the number of groups of order $n$, up to isomorphism.
Question: Does $N(n)=n$ hold for some $n>1$?
I checked the OEIS-sequence ...

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### Lifting automorphisms of quotient groups

I am concerning here a natural question:
Problem: Let $G$ be a finite group, and let $N$ be a characteristic subgroup of $G$. When can an automorphism $\varphi\in\mathrm{Aut}(G/N)$ be lifted to an ...

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### Finite solvable groups with abelian Fitting subgroup

Let $G$ be any finite solvable group with Fitting subgroup
$F(G)$. Which conditions on $F(G)$ makes $G$ to be supersolvable?
(It is well-known that any finite solvable group with cyclic Fitting ...

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### Cayley graphs of $A_n.$

Consider the Cayley graphs of $A_n,$ with respect to the generating set of all $3$-cycles. Their properties must be quite well-known, but sadly not to me. For example: what is its diameter? Is it an ...

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### Positivity of the alternating sum of indices for boolean interval of finite groups

Let $G$ be a finite group and $H$ a subgroup such that the interval $[H,G]$ is a boolean lattice.
Let $L_1, \dots , L_n$ be the maximal subgroups of $G$ containing $H$.
Let the alternative sum ...

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### Generating finite simple groups with $2$ elements

Here is a very natural question:
Q: Is it always possible to generate a finite simple group with only $2$ elements?
In all the examples that I can think of the answer is yes.
If the answer is ...

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### Finding an “optimal” quotient in a free group

Consider the abelian free group $G = \mathbf{Z}^n$ of rank $n$ and a finite subset $A \subset G \setminus \{0\}$. Since $G$ is residually finite, there is a subgroup $H \subset G$ such that $A \cap H ...

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### Signs in Chevalley's commutator formula

I am trying to understand presentations of twisted groups of Lie type (specifically $^2D_5$) over finite fields using Steinberg's presentations (for instance from Gorenstein, Lyons and Solomon, Number ...

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### Intransitive finite irreducible linear groups whose orbits are all large

I am interested in intransitive irreducible linear subgroups $G\subseteq\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb{F}_p)$ acting on $V-\{0\}=\mathbb{F}_p^n-\{0\}$ in the natural way, such that all of the orbits are very ...

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### A question about $p$-solvable groups

$H$ is called $s$-permutable in $G$ if it permutes with every Sylow subgroup of $G$.
$H$ is called $s$-permutably embedded in $G$ if each Sylow subgroup of $H$ is a Sylow subgroup of some ...

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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 the Mathieu group ${\rm M}_{12}$, but
when using ...