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Free actions of non-amenable groups

Let $G$ be a locally compact, second countable, non-amenable group, let $X$ be a Haudorff space that is not necessarily compact, and let $G \curvearrowright X$ be a topological action that is free ...
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Dense subgroups in subgroups of profinite groups

Let $G$ be a finitely generated residually finite group and $\hat G$ its profinite completion. Then for all $g\in \hat G$ we have $gGg^{-1}\leq \hat G$ is dense. Suppose that $H\leq \hat G$ is a ...
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The possibility of a symmetric difference in a torsion-free group

Is there a torsion-free group containing two elements $x$ and $y$ and a finite non-empty subset $B$ such that $B=xB \triangle yB$, where $\triangle$ denotes the symmetric difference of two sets and ...
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Find all possible rational pairs of a parametric sextic and all cases where it is reducible for either parameter

Find all possible rational solutions pairs $(z,a)$ of the equation $a^6 + a^4 (-18368 + 9184 z - 2912 z^2) + a^2 (61702144 - 61702144 z + 36814848 z^2 - 10694656 z^3 + 1748992 z^4) - z^2 ...
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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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finite approximation equation on free group

An equation in a free group $F$ is an identity of the form $W(x_1,..,x_n,a_1,...a_n)$ where $x_1,...,x_n$ are variables, $a_1,...,a_n$ free generators of $F$ and $W$ a word in the free group on ...
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Finite groups whose non-trivial elements have no fixed points [migrated]

I am interested in finite groups $G$ acting on a finite set $X$ with the following property: (*) fix(g)=$\emptyset$ for all $g\in G\setminus\{1\}$, where fix(g):=$\{x\in X|gx=x\}$ denotes the set ...
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Nontrivial finite group with trivial cohomology in prescribed degree

For any non-trivial finite group $G$ there exists some $j > 0$ such that $H^{aj}(G) \neq 0$ for all $a = 1,2,3,\dots$, see e.g. this question: Non-vanishing of group cohomology in sufficiently high ...
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Meager subgroups of compact groups

Suppose we have an infinite compact (Hausdorff) group $G$, and a subgroup $H\leq G$ which is meagre. Can $H$ always be covered by a countable family of nowhere dense sets $H_n$ such that $H_n^2$ is ...
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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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I want to know if the below sentence is true and why? [on hold]

I want to know if the below sentence is true and why? Let $G$ be an insoluble finite group then there exists $π\subset π(G)$ such that if $K=O_{\pi}(G)$ and $\bar{G}=G/K$ it follows that $M\leq ...
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On sentences true in all finite groups

Let $w$ be a group word with two variables $x$ and $y$. Is the sentence $(\forall x)(\exists y)w=1$ true in every group if it is true in every finite group? The same question about the sentence ...
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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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A subgroup of corank 1 in a free group contains a primitive element?

Let $F$ be the free group on $\{x_i\}_{i=1}^\infty$, and let $H \leq F$ be a subgroup with $\langle H \cup \{x_1\} \rangle = F$. Must there be a free basis $B$ of $F$ for which $B \cap H \neq ...
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growth series of groups [closed]

As I know, in the literature there are formulas for groth series of direct product, free product and free product with amalgamation and graph product of groups. Is there any formula that gives groth ...
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Primitive elements in a free group

Let $F$ be a free group of rank $\aleph_0$ and let $H$ be a subgroup for which there exists some $a \in F$ such that $\langle H \cup \{a\} \rangle = F$. Must there be some free basis $B$ for $F$ and a ...
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Preprint by Wall on Sjogren's theorem

In their account http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0022-4049(87)90048-X of Sjogren's theorem, Cliff and Hartley refer to two articles: [9] B. Hartley, A note on a lemma of Sjogren relating to. dimension ...
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Must a group of defficiency > 1 be nonabelian?

Let $F$ be a free group of finite rank $n > 2$, and let $S \subseteq F$ be a subset of cardinality at most $n-2$. Denote by $S^F$ the normal subgroup of $F$ generated by $S$. Must $F/S^F$ be ...
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nilpotent of class 2 free product

How is the nilpotent of class 2 (nil-2) free product of groups defined? I came across this construction reading the following paper. Alan H. Mekler (1981). Stability of nilpotent groups of class 2 ...
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Example of a torsionfree group satisfying a cohomological condition

Let us call a finitely generated group $G$ cohomologically rich if for each $k \geq 0$, we can find a subgroup $G'$ and a prime $p$ such that $H^k(G';\mathbb F_p) \neq 0$. Examples which come to mind ...
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Enumerating cosets of the modular group

Suppose we chose the generators $f(z) = z+1, g(z) = z-1, h(z) = -1/z$ for the modular group $\Gamma$ (i.e. the group of fractional linear tranformations $z \mapsto (az +b)/(cz+d)$ with $a,b,c,d \in ...
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Consequences of Serre's property FA

Proposition 21 of Serre's Trees: Let G be a group with property FA. If G is contained in an amalgam then G is contained in a conjugate of one of the amalgam's factors. Can anybody help with this ...
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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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Proof of Cauchy's Theorem from Group Theory - Generalizable?

There are many proofs for Cauchy's Theorem from group theory, which states that if a prime $p$ divides the order of a finite group $G$, then $\exists g\in G$ of order $p$. Recently I've encountered ...
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Generating free groups by small subgroups and an element

Let $F$ be a free group of countably infinite rank, and let $L \leq F$ be a finite index subgroup. For some prime $p$ and $k \in \mathbb{N}$, let $\sigma \colon L \to ...
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K-fellow traveler property and automatic structure

I have been reading several articles about automatic groups and metric spaces of negative curvature. However it is not clear for me the relationship between automatic groups, hyperbolcity and the ...
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Elementary equivalence of the direct product and direct sum of groups

It is well-known that the direct product of any family of abelian groups is an elementary extension of the direct sum of the family (see e.g. Lemma A.1.6 in the book `Model Theory' by W. Hodges, ...
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Sum identities with immanants

For $\chi$ being an irreducible character of the symmetric group $S_n$ and being $M$ a complex $n\times n$-matrix, I would like to show $$ \sum_{\sigma, \rho \in S_n} \overline{\chi(\sigma)} ...
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Are Carter subgroups nilpotent projectors?

R. Carter prooved that in finite soluble groups $G$ Carter subgroups $C$ exist and that they are conjugated. Furthermore they are exactly the nilpotent projectors: For every normal subgroup $N$ of ...
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Group with finite out automorphism group and large center

Does there exist a finitely generated group $G$ with outer automorphism group $\mathrm{Out}(G)$ finite, whose center contains infinitely many elements of order $p$ for some prime $p$? A motivation is ...
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Splitting over infinite generated abelian subgroup?

Recall that a group is CSA if all its maximal abelian subgroups are malnormal. Question 1: Can a finitely generated CSA group splits (as graph of groups) over an infinitely generated abelian ...
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Relation between Associative algebra and group algebra

Let $A$ be an associative algebra over a filed $k$. Q) What are the condition we can impose on $A$ such that there exists a $G$ such that $A=k[G]$, the group algebra generated by $G$? I am ...
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Magnus' embedding theorem

I am looking for a (preferably modern) reference to the following old result of Magnus. Let $F$ be a free group of finite rank and $$ F_1 = [F,F], F_2 = [F_1,F_1], \dots , F_{n+1} = [F_n,F_n], \dots ...
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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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Continuity of conjugation actions of Polish groups

Let $G$ and $H$ be Polish groups and let $\psi: G \rightarrow H$ be a continuous injective homomorphism such that $\psi(G)$ is normal in $H$. Then $H$ acts on $G$ by conjugation via $\psi$, in other ...
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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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Question about Eigenvalues of group elements [migrated]

The quaternion algebra is given by $\mathbb{H}$ = $\{a+bi+cj+dk \mid a, b, c, d \in \mathbb{R}, i^2 = j^2 = k^2 = -1, ij = k = -ji\} := \{z_1+z_2j \mid z_1, z_2 \in \mathbb{C}\}.$ I consider the ...
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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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Finite generation and profinite completion

Let $G$ be a (countable) residually finite group whose profinite completion is topologically finitely generated. Must $G$ be finitely generated?
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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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What are the general zonal spherical functions for ${\rm SO}(n)/{\rm SO}(n-1)$?

The zonal spherical functions [1] on the sphere $(G={\rm SO}(n)$, $K={\rm SO}(n-1))$ are the Gegenbauer or ultraspherical polynomials if one considers the irreducible representations of ${\rm SO}(n)$ ...
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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 ...
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Is there a simple description of this group?

I would like to know if there is a simple description of the following group. It has 2 generators whose the square of the commutator is trivial. $$G=\langle a,b | (aba^{-1}b^{-1})^2=1\rangle$$ By ...
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Reference for class of involutions containing longest element of finite Coxeter group?

Consider a finite (say irreducible) Coxeter group $W$ with a fixed generator set $S$ and rank $n$. This is the same thing as a finite real reflection group, generated by a set of “simple” ...
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Why do we not lose any generality by proving it only for finitely generated groups [closed]

In the proof of following theorem, in a paper by Farkas- Here $\Delta(G) = \{ g \in G : |G:C_G(g)| < \infty \}$ and $U_1(\mathbb{Z}G) $ is the set of normalized units of the integral group ring ...
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Kleinian groups containing an isomorphic copy of itself

Is there any example of a Kleinian group (acting on $\mathbb{H}^n$, $n \ge 3$) that contains a finite index isomorphic copy of itself? Here I don't consider Kleinian groups that only have parabolic ...
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Is every abelian group a colimit of copies of Z?

More precisely, is every abelian group a colimit $\text{colim}_{j \in J} F(j)$ over a diagram $F : J \to \text{Ab}$ where each $F(j)$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}$? Note that this does not follow ...
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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 ...