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Is there a nontrivial profinite word which is trivial in any group with at most d generators?

Let $F$ be a free profinite group of rank $\aleph_0$, and let $d \in \mathbb{N}$. Let $N_d \lhd_c F$ be the intersection of all open normal subgroups $L \lhd_o F$ for which $F/L$ can be generated by ...
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Dehn algorithm and normal forms in small cancellation groups

I found this statement in B. Cavallo, D. Kahrobaei's paper arXiv:1311.7117 Secret Sharing using Non-Commutative Groups and the Shortlex Order, page 7. "C′(1/6) continue to be an ideal platform for ...
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Exhausting a free pro-p group

Recall that for a profinite group $G$ we define the subgroup rank to be $$\sup \{d(H): H \leq_c G\}$$ where $d(H)$ stands for the minimal cardinality of a set of topological generators of $H$. Let ...
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Base for symmetric group

Given symmetric group $S_n$, is it possible to find $k=\lceil\log_2S_n\rceil=\lceil\log_2n!\rceil$ members $\{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^{k}$ in $S_n$ such that every member of $S_n$ can be written as ...
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Example of a polycyclic group which is not of polynomial growth? [closed]

The title already says everything: What is an example of a polycyclic group $G$ which is not of polynomial growth (equivalently, by Gromov's theorem, which is not virtually nilpotent)?
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Conjugacy classes in lie type group

I have two questions. Thanks for any comments. Suppose $S$ is a simple group of Lie type in characteristic p. Also suppose that $G=Aut(S)$. 1) Is there any reference for conjugacy class of element ...
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Action of the homotopy braid groups on reduced free groups

Firstly some definitions: $B_n$ is the braid group with $n$ strands. $\widetilde{B_n}$ is "homotopy braid group", which is a factor group of $B_n$ by adding the relation that $A_{j,k}$ ...
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Selecting dense diagonals in $\Bbb T^2$

Let $p$ be a prime number and let $G=\bigcup_{n\in \Bbb N}\{\exp(k\frac{2\pi i}{p^n})\mid k\in \Bbb Z\}$ be a Prüfer group. For homomorphisms $f,g:G\to G$ let $H_{f,g}=\{(f(x),g(x))\mid x\in G\}$. ...
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faithful action of Hecke algebra

Let $G$ be a connected reductive group split over a number field $F$, $\mathbb{A}$ the adeles. Let $v$ be a finite place and $\mathcal{H}_{v}$ the spherical hecke algebra at palce $v$. ...
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Automorphism of simple lie type groups

I will be so thankful for any comment or answer. Suppose $S$ is a simple Lie type group of characteristic $p$ and $S\subseteq G \subseteq Aut(S)$ and $G_0$ is a subgroup of $G$ generated by all inner ...
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Is it provable in $\mathsf{ZF}$ that there is a group structure on any set $X$? [duplicate]

Given a set $X$ is it provable in $\mathsf{ZF}$ that there is a binary operation $\ast: X\times X\to X$ such that $(X,\ast)$ is a group?
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Generalization of a property of $A_n; n\geq 5$

Let $H$ and $K$ be two proper non-trivial subgroups of the alternating group $A_n; n\geq 5$. Then there exists a maximal subgroup $M$ of $A_n$ such that $H\not\leq M$ and $K\not\leq M$. To see this ...
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abelian p- subgroups of E_6(q)

Is there any result about maximal abelian p-subgroups of the exceptional group E_6(q), where q=p^a is prime power?
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Adelic integral factorization

In order to calculate Tamagawa numbers, I need to justify that for a nice (say Schwartz-Bruhat) function, the following identity holds : $$\int_{\mathbf{A}^2} f(x)dx = \int_{SL_2(\mathbf{A})/SL_2(K)} ...
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Can we say that $A$ is a complement for a group $G$?

Let $A$ be a frobenius complement for a group $G$ i.e. $A$ act on $G$ by automorphism s.t. $C_A(g)=e$ for all nonidentity $g$. Now, Action of $A$ can be linearly extended so that $A$ act on $F[G]$. ...
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Periodic Growth behaviours of Cayley graphs

This question is related to On the size of balls in Cayley graphs and Folner sequences of amenable groups of exponential growth Given a Cayley graph of a group $G$ with finite generating set ...
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Groups with a unique composition series

Which finite groups $G$ have a unique composition series? I don't mean in the sense of the Jordan-Holder theorem, but rather actually unique. Some examples are the cyclic groups $C_{p^n}$ and the ...
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Powers of finite simple groups

I have heard about the following result: for each finite simple non-abelian group $S$ and each natural number $r\ge 2$ there exists a number $n=n(r,S)$ such that the power $S^n$ is $r$-generator but ...
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Finding an overgroup or a subgroup in PGL

Let k be a nonperfect field of characteristic $2$. Let $a\in k\backslash k^2$, $G=PGL_4(k)$ and and $$H= \left\{ \small\left[\begin{array}{cccc} x ...
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Unitary representations of Tarski Monsters and other beasts

Did people study the unitary representations of Tarsky Monsters, for example the ones constructed by Ol'shanskii? Are there any exotic representations, ie. except the ones related to the left regular, ...
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(Alternative) Presentation for the pure braid group of the sphere

First I need some notation (it's all standard I think). For a manifold $M$, let $F_nM = F_{0,n}M$ be the space of $n$-tuples of distinct points on $M$ ; let $B_nM = B_{0,n}M = F_nM / \Sigma_n$. When ...
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Rational conjugation of elements of a finite group

Let $G$ be a finite group. Two elements $x$ and $y$ of $G$ are said to be rationally conjugate, written $x \sim_{r} y$, if and only if $\langle x\rangle$ and $\langle y\rangle$ are conjugate subgroups ...
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Cohomology of SL(2,R) with coefficients given by linear action

Let $SL(2,{\mathbb R})$ act on ${\mathbb R}^2$ by matrix multiplication. What is known about group cohomology $H^*(SL(2,{\mathbb R}),{\mathbb R}^2)$? And about $$H^*(\Gamma,{\mathbb R}^2)$$ for a ...
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amenable + without $BS(m,n)$+finite $K(G,1)$implies virtually cyclic?

I heard from someone that the following problem is an open question. (Open Problem 1)For a countable discrete group $G$, suppose it does not contain any Baumslag-Solitar subgroups $BS(m,n):=\langle ...
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Word metrics and finite index subgroups

Suppose that we are given some finitely generated group $ G $ and some finite index subgroup of it $ H $. Given a finite generating symmetric generating set $ S \subset G $, we can define the word ...
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bounding from below the cardinality of a set of generators of the $n$-fold cartesian product group of a finite group

Let $G$ be a non-trivial finite group. Let $n\in\mathbf{Z}_{\geq 1}$ and let $G^n$ be the $n$-fold cartesian group product of $G$. Let $S\subseteq G^n$ be a generating set of $G^n$. Q: Is $|S|\geq ...
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Are profinite groups of cardinality $|\mathbb{R}|$ determined by their finite quotients?

Question: Let $G,H$ be profinite groups of cardinality $|\mathbb{R}|$, with the same finite quotients (here I only consider quotients by normal, open subgroups). Then are $G$ and $H$ isomorphic? ...
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Every free abelian group is slender, why?

Wikipedia states that every free abelian group is slender. Where can I find a proof? If this is not trivial, then I will also need a reference to use in my paper.
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Every homomorphism from the Baer–Specker group into a slender group factors through ${\bf Z}^n$, why?

Wikipedia states that every homomorphism from the Baer–Specker group ${\bf Z}^{\bf N}$ into a slender group factors through ${\bf Z}^n$ for some natural number $n$. Where can I find a proof? If this ...
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Lower periodic subsets of groups and semigroups

Suppose that $A$ and $B$ are subsets of a group or semigroup. We call $A$ left upper [resp. lower] $B$-periodic if $BA\subseteq A$ [resp. $A\subseteq BA$]. If $A$ is both left upper and lower ...
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A condition for Hypercentral Groups to be Abelian

I'm reading an article I wrote my doctoral supervisor. In this article he states that if $G$ be a hypercentral group and suppose that $G$ is generated by (a finite number of) Prufer subgroups. Then ...
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Are homotopy braid groups residually nilpotent?

A group is called residually nilpotent if given any non-identity element, there is a normal subgroup not containing that element, such that the quotient group is nilpotent. It is known that pure braid ...
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Sets which are unions of translates of each other but aren't single translates

I'm a hobbyist mathematician so any question I ask here might be at risk of closure. I hope this one is good enough, but I'm not sure. This is a continuation of two questions I asked on ...
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What makes the amenability of Thompsons group $F$ such a tricky problem?

An open problem that seems to get a lot of attention every once in a while is the amenability of Thompsons group $F$. The problem seems to generate both proofs and disproofs at a fairly high rate, ...
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Checking if a multiplication table represents a group [duplicate]

Given an $n \times n$ multiplication table, can one check if it represents a group in $o(n^3)$ time? All properties can be checked by mindless try-all possibilities loops: Whether there is an ...
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Speed and absence of non-constant bounded harmonic functions

For a (symmetric) random walks on countable groups generated by $\mu$, there is a "brute-force computation" argument of Avez (1974) that shows that if the entropy $h_\mu$ is trivial then there are no ...
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Can groups of twice-odd order have quaternionic representations?

Let $G$ be a finite group and $\phi\colon G\to \mathrm{GL}_d(\mathbb C)$ be an irreducible representation, with character $\chi$. Recall that $\phi$ is complex type if $\chi$ is not real-valued, ...
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A lemma on verbal conjugacy classes in groups

I'm reading an article whose title is "On Groups With Finite Verbal Conjugacy Classes". Adapting their notations, the authors propose the following lemma. Let $w$ be a concise word and $G$ a group ...
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torsion free for the 2nd cohomology group?

Let $G$ denotes an infinite coutable discrete group with Kazhdan's property (T), My question is: is it known that the 2nd cohomology group $H^2(G,\mathbb{Z}G)$ is torsion free? Thanks in advance! ...
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Vertex-primitive graphs with two vertices having almost the same neighbourhood

Hypothesis: Let $\Gamma$ be a vertex-primitive graph with two vertices $u$ and $v$ such that $$|N(u) \cap N(v)|=|N(v)|-1$$ Question: Is it true that $\Gamma$ must either be a complete graph or have ...
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Explicitly showing that a free group is LERF [closed]

Let $F$ be a free group on a finite set $X$, and let $M$ be a finitely generated subgroup. Marshall Hall's theorem states that $M$ is closed in the profinite topology on $F$. That is, $M$ is the ...
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All $2$-designs arising from the action of the affine linear group on the field of prime order

Let $p$ be a prime and $\mathbb{Z}_p$ denote as usual the field of order $p$. Let $AL(p)$ be the affine linear group $\{x\mapsto ax+b \;|\; a\in \mathbb{Z}_p\setminus \{0\}, b\in\mathbb{Z}_p\}$. For a ...
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Hall subgroups of general linear group

Let $q=p^k$ for some prime $p$, and let $GL_n(\mathbb{F}_q)$ be the group of invertible matrices over the finite field of $q$ elements. If $\pi$ is the set of primes not equal to $p$, does ...
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Why is Klein's representation of $PSL_2(\mathbb{F}_7)$ hard to obtain?

In his famous article [1] Klein constructs a representation of $G=PSL_2(\mathbb{F}_7)$ in $\mathbb{C}^3$ (of which the first invariant polynomial of three variables gives rise to the famous Klein's ...
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Natural associative law for a ternary “group”?

Suppose one were to define a group-like structure based on a set $G$ with a ternary (rather than binary) operator $g( a, b, c ) = \left< a, b, c \right>$. One possible definition for the ...
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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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A Karrass-Solitar or Ivanov-Schupp for profinite groups

Let $F$ be a nonabelian free profinite group, $H \leq_c F$ finitely generated with $[F:H] = \infty$. Must there be some $\{1\} \neq N \lhd_c F$ such that $N \cap H = \{1\}$?
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on lifting extensions

Let $G$ be a connected reductive group with $G_{der}$ simply connected and $T$ a maximal torus over an algebraically field $k$. We consider a extension $\tilde{T}$ of the maximal torus $T$ by a torus ...
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New relator in hurwitz group

I have found that $([a,b]^2[a,b^2])^n$ is a good relator to use in my search for quotients of $G := \langle a, b \ | \ a^2, b^3, (ab)^7, [a,b]^{10} \rangle$. For n<=5 $H := \langle a, b \ | \ a^2, ...
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Outer automorphisms of direct product of residually finite groups

Let $A,B$ be finite generated residually finite groups such that $\mathop{Out}(A)$ and $\mathop{Out}(B)$ are residually finite. Is $\mathop{Out}(A\times B)$ residually finite? If not, what is the ...