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finite approximation equation on free group

An equation in a free group $F$ is an identity of the form $W(x_1,..,x_n,a_1,...a_n)=1$ 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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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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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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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

Question. 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 ...
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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 outer 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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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 ...
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explicit zero 2-cocycle

Let $G$ be a group which acts linearly on a vector space of dimension $n$ over a field $k$. Denote by $\rho$ this representation and consider the associated adjoint representation $Ad\rho$ which is ...
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A table for irreducible integral representation of finite cyclic groups

Is there such a table where the irreducible integral representations of finite cyclic groups are listed? Edited: Thanks for Todd Leason's comment.Acutally,i want to know all inequivalent ...
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Projectors onto the invariant subspaces of a unitary representation $U \otimes U^* \otimes U \otimes U^*$

Let $$U \mapsto U \otimes U^* \otimes U \otimes U^*$$ be a unitary representation of the unitary group $U(n)$ acting on the vector space $V$ (where $U^*$ is the complex conjugate of $U$). We can ...
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Do unit quaternions at vertices of a regular 4-simplex, one being 1, generate a free group?

Choose unit quaternions $q_0, q_1, q_2, q_3, q_4$ that form the vertices of a regular 4-simplex in the quaternions. Assume $q_0 = 1$. Let the other four generate a group via quaternion ...
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A relation on the set of isomorphism classes of finitely generated groups

Let $G$ be the set of finitely generated groups up to isomorphism hence its elements will be noted $[B]$ where $B$ is some finitely generated group. On this set we put a relation $\mathcal{ND}$ ...
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Collections in direct products and freeness

I am looking for references about the following type of questions: Let $G$ and $H$ be two groups, let $(g_i:i\in I)\subset G$ and $(h_i:i\in I)\subset H$ be collections of group elements, and ...
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What is the kernel of the map $Out(\widehat{F_2})\rightarrow GL_2(\widehat{\mathbb{Z}})$?

Let $F_2$ be the free group on two generators, and $\widehat{F_2}$ its profinite completion. Let $Out(\widehat{F_2})$ be the outer automorphism group of $\widehat{F_2}$, ie, $Out(\widehat{F_2}) = ...
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Guess that group via product queries

Suppose someone (person B) knows a finite group $G$ of order $n$. You (person A) know only the order $n$, and that $1$ is the name of the identity element. The group elements are named $1,2,\ldots,n$ ...
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Embedding $\mathrm{PGL}(n,q^h)$ in $\mathrm{PGL}(nh,q)$

It is not very hard to see that for each prime power $q$ and natural numbers $n,h$, we have an embedding $$\iota \colon \mathrm{GL}(n,q^h) \hookrightarrow \mathrm{GL}(nh, q),$$ obtained by choosing a ...