# Tagged Questions

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### Non split extension isomorphic (as a group) to a split extension

$\def\Z{\mathbb{Z}}$
Let $A$ be a finite abelian group and $G$ a finite group acting on $A$.
Then the extension $0 \to A \to E \to G \to 1$ is splits if and only if the corresponding $2$-cocycle is ...

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### Group extensions isomorphic as groups

Let $G$ be a group and $A$ a $G$-module. It well know that there is a group isomorphism between the second cohomologoy group $H^2(G,A)$ and the abelian group $OpExt(G,A)$ of classes of extension ...

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### Groups such that all finite-dim representations are finitely presented

Let $G$ be an infinite group. What sorts of finiteness properties can I put on $G$ to ensure the following holds for all $M$?
Let $M$ be a finite-dimensional vector space over $\mathbb{Q}$ upon ...

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### 3-cocycle representatives for the dihedral group $D_{2n}$?

I am looking for a reference for a complete list of 3-cocycle representatives for $H^3(D_{2n},\mathbb{C}^\times)$, where
$$
D_{2n}=\langle a, b\mid a^2=b^2=(ab)^n=e\rangle
$$
is the dihedral group of ...

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### Group cochains invariant under the action of the symmetric group

Let $G$ be a finite group and $A$ an abelian group. Recall the cochain groups
$$
C^k = \{f: G^k \to A\}
$$
and the coboundary map
$$
\delta : C^k \to C^{k+1}
$$
$$
(\delta f)(g_1, \ldots, g_{k+1}) ...

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### Calculations of nonabelian group cohomology of R^n

I am looking at $H^1(\mathbb{R}^n,G)$ where $G$ is a finite 2-group. I'm wondering if such things have been calculated. I'm afraid I can't say I know anything here, past the result that this ...

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### Do there exist non-isomorphic groups with the same cohomology?

For any group $G$, cohomology can be viewed as a functor
$$
H^\ast(G,-): G{\sf\text{-}mod}\to {\sf GrAbGrp},
$$
where $G{\sf\text{-}mod}$ denotes the category of (left) $\mathbb{Z}[G]$-modules and ...

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### A map from the coinvariants of the dual to the dual of the invariants for a G-module

Suppose $G$ is a group and $X$ is a $\mathbb{Z}[G]$-module. Recall that the augmentation ideal $I \subset \mathbb{Z}[G]$ is generated by elements of the form $g - 1$ for $g \in G$, the coinvariants ...

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### Interesting families of groups as group extensions

Let me start this question with an example that hopefully makes clear what I am looking for:
A discrete subgroup $G$ of the group of euclidean isometries of $\mathbb{R}^d$ is called a ...

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### A question on some computation of group cohomologies

Let $G=H\times J$, where $H\cong J\cong C_2$ (cyclic group of order 2). Let $M \cong \mathbb{Z}$ be a $G$-module via "trivial $H$-action and negation $J$-action". My question is "What are the group ...

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### A sort of “group-ring” construction on coefficient systems in group homology (+ special case involving GL(n,Z))

Let $G$ be a discrete group and $M$ be an $RG$-module for some ring $R$ (I'm happy to assume that $R = \mathbb{Q}$). Define $R[M]$ to be the set of $R$-linear combinations of formal symbols of the ...

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### Resolution of coefficient system in group homology

Let $G$ be a discrete group and let $M$ be a $G$-module. Assume that I have a resolution
$$\cdots \rightarrow M_1 \rightarrow M_0 \rightarrow M \rightarrow 0$$
of $M$ by $G$-modules (with no further ...

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### Reference for Ring Structure on Group Cohomology

As a graded $\mathbb{Z}$-module, the structure of the group cohomology $H^{*}(\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z};\mathbb{Z})$ is extremely well-known. Yet, I am having difficulty finding a reference concerning ...

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### Cohomological dimension of knit products

Let $G$ be a group with complementary subgroups $A$ and $B$ (meaning $A\cap B=1$ and $AB=G$).
If $A$ and $B$ are both normal in $G$, then $G\cong A\times B$ is a direct product. If $A$ is normal, ...

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### A group 3-cocycle, trivial on a pair of generating subgroups?

I'm looking for an example of the following situation:
A group $G$ generated by finite subgroups $H$ and $K$,
a non-trivial 3-cocycle $\omega \in H^3(G, \mathbb{k}^\times)$
such that
the ...

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### Can group cohomology be interpreted as an obstruction to lifts?

The standard way to view the first and second group cohomologies is this:
The Standard Story
Let $G$ be a group, and let $M$ be a commutative group with a $G$-action. Then the first cohomology has ...

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### Cohomological dimension of groups & number of generators

I have a torsion-free non-abelian nilpotent group $\Gamma$ of cohomological dimension $n$. Is it possible to say anything about the number of generators of $\Gamma$ in a minimal presentation?
Can I ...

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### Homology groups of divisible and powered (nilpotent) groups

(1) Suppose $\pi$ is a set of primes and $G$ is a $\pi$-divisible nilpotent group, i.e., for any $g \in G$ and $p \in \pi$, there exists $x \in G$ such that $x^p = g$. Is it necessary that all the ...

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### Computing the cardinality of cohomology groups

I hope this question is not unreasonably broad. It is about calculating or at least bounding the cardinality of cohomology groups in case they are finite.
Let us assume we are given a group $G$ and a ...

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### Nonhyperbolic groups that contain no free abelian groups or Baumslag-Solitar groups

I've heard it conjectured that a finitely presentable group $G$ is hyperbolic if it satisfies the following two conditions.
$G$ contains no subgroup isomorphic to a Baumslag-Solitar group $BS(n,m)$ ...

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### Does this subgroup of “even braids” have a name?

The full braid group on $n$ strands $B_n$ admits a surjective homomorphism $p\colon\thinspace B_n\to \Sigma_n$ onto the symmetric group on $n$ letters, which takes a braid to the induced permutation ...

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### Naturality of the transfer in group cohomology

Let $G$ be a (discrete) group and $H\le G$ a subgroup of finite index. Then there is a transfer map
$$tr\colon\thinspace H^\ast(H;M)\to H^\ast(G;M)
$$
in group cohomology, where $M$ is any $G$-module ...

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### Dimension of the cohomology ring of an extension of groups

Given an extension $1 \to N \to P \to Q \to 1$ of p-groups. Is it true that
$$\dim H^\ast(P,\mathbb{F}_p) = \dim \text{im}(res^P_N) + \dim \text{im}(inf^P_Q)$$
where $\dim$ denotes the Krull ...

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### Extensions of orthogonal groups of torsion quadratic forms.

Hi. This is related to a question I asked earlier. The setup is:
Let $L$ be an $n$-dimensional lattice with an integer valued quadratic form $q$. Fix a basis $e_i$ for $L$ and let $K_{ij} = ...

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### When does a homomorphism factor through a free group?

Let $f\colon\thinspace G\to H$ be a surjective homomorphism of finitely generated groups. Are there any methods to decide whether $f$ factors through a free group? That is, does there exist a free ...

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### Calculating $H^n(G, \mathbb{Z}G)$ as co-homology with compact support of a proper co-compact $G$-CW-complex $X$

This question was originally posted to Math.StackExchange, but having got no response there, I'm reposting it here. I apologise if it is too elementary for this site.
(Original post: ...

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### cohomological dimension of a group acting on a product

I recently came across an interesting result of Kobayashi [Corollary 5.5], a special case of which is the following: Suppose $\Gamma$ is a discrete torsion free subgroup of $SL_n(\mathbb{R})$ which ...

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### For which rings R is SL_n(R) a virtual duality group

A famous theorem of Borel and Serre says that if $R$ is the ring of integers in an algebraic number field, then $\text{SL}_n(R)$ satisfies virtual Bieri-Eckmann duality. In other words, there exists ...

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### Interpretation of universal coefficients theorem for group cohomology

Suppose $G$ and $A$ are abelian groups (I'm setting $G$ abelian to keep the discussion simple, though there are analogues for non-abelian $G$) with $G$ acting trivially on $A$. By the universal ...

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### Cohomological dimension of finitely presented group

I have a group of cohomological dimension 2 generated by two elements. Is it possible to deduce that the group is commutative or, more generally, does $\mathrm{cd}\ G=2$ imply anything about the ...

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### Isomorphisms of group extensions arising from antisymmetric forms

Let $V,W$ be topological vector spaces and fix continuous antisymmetric bilinear forms $\omega_1:V\times V\to \mathbb{R}$, $\omega_2:W\times W\to\mathbb{R}$. Since $\omega_1$ is a 2-cocycle (in fact ...

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### Finiteness theorems for profinite groups

Let $G$ be a profinite group which fits in the following short exact sequence:
$$
1\rightarrow N\rightarrow G \rightarrow K\rightarrow 1
$$
Assume that $N$ is a pro-$p$ group and that $K$ is ...

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### Proofs of the Stallings-Swan theorem

It is a well-known and deep${}^\ast$ theorem that if a group $G$ has cohomological dimension one then it must be free. This was proved in the late 60's by Stallings (for finitely generated groups) and ...

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### Transgressions commute with the Steenrod operations on the base and fiber in a central group extension?

The following sentence is quoted from the paper ON THE COHOMOLOGY OF SPLIT EXTENSIONS by D. J. BENSON AND M. FESHBACH:
In general, the differentials in the Lyndon-Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence
...

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### First group homology with general coefficients

When $G$ acts trivially on $M$, the first homology group is just the abelianisation of $G$ tensored with $M$, i.e. $H_1(G;M)=(G/[G,G])\otimes_\mathbb Z M$.
Is there any similar statement when $G$ ...

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### Twisted homology of free products

Let $G_1$ and $G_2$ be groups and let $M$ be a vector space equipped with actions of $G_1$ and $G_2$. The free product $G_1 \ast G_2$ thus acts on $M$. How can one compute the twisted group homology ...

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### Second homology group of free nilpotent p-group

Let $F_n$ be a free group on $n$ generators. Fix a prime $p$. Let $\gamma_k^p(F_n)$ be the mod $p$ lower central series, i.e. the inductively defined series
$$\gamma_0^p(F_n) = F_n \quad \text{and} ...

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### Cohomological dimension of a homomorphism

Let $G$ and $\Gamma$ be discrete groups, and let $\phi\colon\thinspace G\to \Gamma$ be a homomorphism.
Define its cohomological dimension $\operatorname{cd}\phi$ to be the least integer $d$ such that ...

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### Geometric Interpretation of the Lower Central Series for the Fundamental Group?

For any group G we can form the lower central series of normal subgroups by taking $G_0 = G$, $G_1 = [G,G]$, $G_{i+1} = [G,G_i]$. We can check this gives a normal chain
$G_0 > G_1 > ... > ...

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### Characterization of the transfer map in group theory

Let $i : H \to G$ be a subgroup of finite index. The transfer map is a special homomorphism $V(i) : G^\mathrm{ab} \to H^\mathrm{ab}$. The usual ad hoc definition uses a set of representatives of $H$ ...

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### Inseparable Galois Cohomology

First let me give a general form of my question, and then I'll give some motivation and a more specific version of it. Let $K/k$ be a Galois extension of fields with Galois group $G$, and let $X$ be ...

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### Hirsch length and cohomological dimension

It seems to be known that Hirsch length and cohomological dimension agree for (torsion-free, finitely generated) polycyclic groups.
If we drop the assumption "torsion-free", then cd is of course ...

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### Posets of cosets and contractibility

For this question let $G$ be a group, perhaps infinite, and let $H_i$ for $i\in I$ be a (finite) family of subgroups closed under taking intersections. I am interested in the coset poset ...

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### Grothendieck's question on the Brauer group for groups

Let $G$ be a group, and let $M(G)=H^2(G,\mathbb{C}^*)$ be the Schur multiplier of $G$. There is a group $Br(G)$ of complex projective representations of $G$ modulo those that can be lifted to linear ...

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### Examples of p-groups exhibiting isomorphic mod-p cohomology rings.

Hello,
given 2 different finite $p$-groups $G$ and $H$, $|G|=|H|=p^n$.
It has been shown by Ian Leary that the mod-p cohomology rings do not determine the groups $G$ and $H$. In fact he gave an ...

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### Non-vanishing of group cohomology in sufficiently high degree

Atiyah in his famous paper , Characters and cohomology of finite groups, after proving completion of representation ring in augmentation ideal is the same as $ K(BG)$, gives bunch of corollaries of ...

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### universal cover of SL2(R): does it admit central extensions?

Is it true that the universal cover of SL2(ℝ) has no non-trivial central extensions... as an abstract group?
(that's certainly true as a Lie group)
Motivation:
I have a projective action of ...

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### Embedding groups into groups with some vanishing homology groups

Which finite subsets $S \subset \mathbb{N}$ have the following property : every countable group $G$ embeds into a finitely generated group $\Gamma$ such that $H_i(\Gamma;\mathbb{Z})=0$ for all $i \in ...

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### Finitely generated subgroups of a product of free groups

Is it true that a finitely generated subgroup of a cartesian product of free groups has a finite cohomological dimension?
The same question about pro-$p$ groups:
Is it true that a finitely generated ...

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### Cup products and the transfer map

Let $G_1$ be a finite-index subgroup of $G_2$. Let $i : H^{\ast}(G_2) \rightarrow H^{\ast}(G_1)$ be the induced map of rings. There is then a transfer homomorphism $\tau : H^{\ast}(G_1) \rightarrow ...