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### Which groups have nice compactifications ?

Given a discrete group G. Is there a nice criterion to decide, whether there is a compact Hausdorff $G$- space X, that contains the discrete space $G$ as a subspace, such that the stabilizer of every ...

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### orders of products of permutations

Let $p$ be a prime, $n\gg p$ not divisible by $p$ (say, $n>2^{2^p}$). Are there two permutations $a, b$ of the set $\{1,...,n\}$ which together act transitively on $\{1,2,...,n\}$ and such that all ...

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### Higher-dimensional braid group?

Let $\Delta$ be 2-disk. Let $C(\Delta;n)$ be a configuration space.
i.e.) $C(\Delta;n)= \lbrace (z_1,\ldots,z_n)\in \Delta\times\ldots\Delta | z_i\neq z_j ~\textrm{if}~ i\neq j \rbrace $
Then, it ...

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### Infinite direct products and derived subgroups

Suppose $G_1, G_2, \dots, G_n, \dots$ are groups (I use countable sequences, though the question is also applicable for uncountable collections of groups). Suppose G is the unrestricted external ...

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### Can one pose a Toeplitz index problem associated to a discrete group?

Before posing my question, let me provide a little background since the Wikipedia page on this stuff is sorely lacking.
Let's start with the classical case of the Toeplitz index problem on the ...

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### An example of a non-amenable exact group without free subgroups.

A countable discrete group $\Gamma$ is said to be exact if it admits an amenable action on some compact space.
So clearly amenable groups are exact, but large familes of non-amenable groups are as ...

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### Hausdorff Dimension of Cayley Graphs of Groups

I was wondering what has been done concerning the Hausdorff measure of the Cayley graphs of finitely generated countable groups. There are number of issues that would need to be dealt with:
1.) By ...

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### Free splittings of one-relator groups

Roughly speaking, I want to know whether one-relator groups only have 'obvious' free splittings.
Consider a one-relator group $G=F/\langle\langle r\rangle\rangle$, where $F$ is a free group. Is ...

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### The kernel of the map from the handlebody group to Outer automorphisms of a free group

Let $K$ be a compact oriented 3-dimensional handlebody of genus $g$. The group $H_g$ of isotopy classes of diffeomorphisms of $K$ is called the handlebody group. (It embeds as a subgroup of the ...

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### Is there a simple proof that a group of linear growth is quasi-isometric to Z?

I proposed to a master's student to work, from the exercise in Ghys-de la Harpe's book, on the proof that a finitely generated group $G$ that is quasi-isometric to $\mathbb{Z}$ is virtually ...

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### Decidability of conjugacy problem for finitely generated subgroups of free groups

The conjugacy problem for a free group $F_n$ on $n$ letters has an easy solution. Each element of $F_n$ is conjugate to a unique and easily computable "cyclically reduced element" (this means that if ...

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### Automorphisms of supergroups of non-coHopfian groups

In this question, I asked whether there existed groups $G$ with finitely presentable subgroups $H$ such that $gHg^{-1}$ is a proper subgroup of $H$ for some $g \in G$. Robin Chapman pointed out that ...

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### Conjugating a subgroup of a group into a proper subgroup of itself

The following question came up in the class I'm teaching right now. There definitely exist groups $G$ with subgroups $H$ such that there exists some $g \in G$ such that $g H g^{-1}$ is a proper ...

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### Topological HNN extensions

First, let me recall what an abstract HNN extension is. Let $G$ be an abstract group, $A, B < G$ be subgroups of $G$ and $\phi : A \to B$ be an isomorphisms. Then there is a group $H$ and an ...

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### blowing up the graphs

I heard the phrase from many mathematician using in the colloquials. I heard algebraic geometer using it. I was never bother about it until one of my professor responded to one my question as follows:
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### Connections between properties of a group and local symmetries of its Cayley graph

Hi everyone,
Let $\Gamma$ be a finitly generated group.
Does someone know of a connection between properties of $\Gamma$ to local symmetries of its Cayley graph?
More specificly, what can one learn ...

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### HNN extensions which are free products

which HNN-extensions are free products? this question is related with another still unsolved about Nielsen-Thruston-reducibility and connected-sum-irreducibility of 3d-torus- bundles...

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### How do Dehn functions of special linear and mapping class groups behave?

Hi,
I apologize for the basic questions. I am looking for good references on the following problems:
1) What is known about the Dehn function of $SL_n(\mathbb{Z})$?
2) What is known about the Dehn ...

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### Introductory text on geometric group theory?

Can someone indicate me a good introductory text on geometric group theory?