Questions about the branch of abstract algebra that deals with groups.

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### Homology and Burnside ring

If $G$ is a finite groupe, we denote $\mathcal{S}(G)$ the category of finite $G$-sets and $\mbox{I}(G)$ the set of isomorphism classes of it's objects. The Burnside ring of $G$, denoted by ...

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### Groups acting on complexes

Let $G$ be a finite group. We define a $G$-simplicial complex $\mathcal{A}(G)$ with set of vertices $G^*:=G-\{e\}$ and the simplices are the abelian subsets of $G^*$. The groupe $G$ act simplicially ...

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### Rank of a special linear group over a finite field

What is the rank (minimal number of group generators) of $SL(n,\mathbb{F})$ in the situation when $SL(n,\mathbb{F})$ is not perfect (i.e. when $SL(n,\mathbb{F})$ is different from $SL(2,\mathbb{F}_2)$ ...

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### direct product of a finite group with an infinite symmetric group [closed]

Cross-posted from MSE: http://math.stackexchange.com/q/1226622/15624.
Let $G$ be any finite group, and $S_{\aleph_0}$ the group of all bijections $\mathbb{Z}\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}$.
Is $G\times ...

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### Upper bound of |Aut(G)| for a p-group

If G is a p-group which is finitely generated with order p^n then what is the upper bound of |Aut(G)|.

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### Coherent subgroups of $F_2 \times F_2$

A group is coherent if its finitely generated subgroups are finitely presented. For instance, $F_2 \times F_2$ is a well-known example of incoherent group. My question is:
Is a subgroup of $F_2 ...

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### Products of subgroups of a free group

Let $F$ be a free group, and let $A,B \leq F$ be two subgroups such that $AB$ contains a nontrivial normal subgroup of $F$. Must either $A$ or $B$ contain a nontrivial normal subgroup of $F$?
What if ...

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### Nonabelian topological fundamental group of a conjugate variety

Let $X$ be a pointed algebraic variety over the field of complex numbers $\mathbb{C}$.
Let $\pi_1^{\rm top}(X)$ and $\pi_1^{\mathrm{\acute{e}t}}(X)$ denote the topological and the étale fundamental ...

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### Subgroups of $Sp_{2g}$ giving rise to Shimura data

Consider the Shimura datum $(GSp_{2g},\mathcal{H}_g)$. Let $G$ be a reductive $\mathbb{Q}$-subgroup of $Sp_{2g}$. I want to know under what condition there exists a point $x\in\mathcal{H}_g$ such that ...

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### products of conjugates in free groups

While trying to carry out some technical arguments in free groups, I have encountered the following problem, to which I don't know the answer.
Let $F$ be a free group and let $g,a_1,\ldots,a_n \in ...

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### Behaviour of first $l^2$-Betti number under quotienting

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group, and let $H = G / N$ be a quotient of it. We have two observations:
1) In general, it is $\textbf{not}$ true that $\beta_1^{(2)}(G) = 0 \Rightarrow ...

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### On a permutation module for GL(n,q)

Let $G=GL(n,q)$ be the general linear group of degree $n$ over the $q$ element field. Let $X$ be the set of full rank $n\times r$ matrices where $1\leq r\leq n$. Then $G$ acts transitively on the ...

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### The automorphism groups of smallest grammars of a language string are isomorphic

Let $s \in \Sigma^*$ be a formal language string. Consider the automorphism group of $s$, defined to be the set of all permutations of positions of $s$ that leave $s$ fixed. For instance $G(abab) = ...

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### Scotts Theorem for one ended Fuchsian groups

in Peter Scott's work "Subgroups of Surface groups are almost geometric" is proven that for a closed surface $S$ and any fin. gen. subgroup $U$ of $G:=\pi_1(S,x)$ there exists a finitely sheeted ...

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### A problem with pointwise stabilizer subgroups of fixed-point subspaces II

Definitions: Let $W$ be a representation of a group $G$, $K$ a subgroup of $G$, and $X$ a subspace of $W$.
Let the fixed-point subspace $W^{K}:=\{w \in W \ \vert \ kw=w \ , \forall k \in K \}$.
Let ...

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### A problem with pointwise stabilizer subgroups of fixed-point subspaces I

Definitions: Let $W$ be a representation of a group $G$, $K$ a subgroup of $G$, and $X$ a subspace of $W$.
Let the fixed-point subspace $W^{K}:=\{w \in W \ \vert \ kw=w \ , \forall k \in K \}$.
Let ...

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### One question about iteration on groups

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group, $H$ a subgroup of $G$ of index $n$, with $a_i$ a set of coset representatives and $$G=\displaystyle\bigcup_{i=1}^nH{a_i}.$$
Let $\phi:H\rightarrow G$ be a ...

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### Decidable properties of the Cayley complex of a presentation

Let $X= X(P)$ be the Cayley complex of a finite group presentation $P=<S | R>$. Are there geometric properties of $X$ that are known to be decidable by an algorithm that takes $P$ as input? For ...

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### Is there a nonabelian finite simple group with Grothendieck ring of multiplicity one?

Let $G$ be a finite group. It admits finitely many irreducible complex representations $H_1, \dots, H_r$ which generate, for $\oplus$ and $\otimes$, the Grothendieck ring $\mathcal{G}(G)$ of $G$ (also ...

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### Represent matrix immanants using Schur functions

For each irreducible character $\chi^\lambda$ of the symmetric group $S_n$, the immanant of an $n\times n$ square matrix $A$ is defined as
\begin{equation*}
d_\lambda(A) := \sum_{\sigma \in S_n} ...

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### Normal subgroup of a totally ordered group

A totally ordered group is a group equipped with a compatible total order, that is, $x\leq y$ and $z\leq t$ imply $x+z\leq y+t$ for all $x,y,z,t$ in the group.
Is it true that every totally ordered ...

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### Unipotent orbit in adjoint group over finite field

[Editted: The assertion is wrong; see Jay's answer]
My apology if this question is too simple. I am reading Deligne-Lusztig "Reductive groups over finite fields" and at the beginning of Chap. 4, ...

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### Adeles and twisted adeles

Let $\mu_n$ denote the group of $n$-th roots of unity in ${\mathbb{C}}$, i.e., $\mu_n=\ker[{\mathbb{C}}^*\overset{n}{\longrightarrow}{\mathbb{C}}^*]$.
We set
$$ \mu=\varinjlim_n \mu_n\subset ...

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### Isometries of some simple Cayley graphs

Consider a Cayley graph of a group $G$ with respect to a symmetric finite generating set $S$.
There are some obvious candidates to isometries of this graph - for example, translation by elements of ...

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### Can you decide whether the commutator subgroup of a f.p. group is f.g?

Is the following algorithmic problem known to be decidable/undecidable?
Input: a finite group presentation $P$.
Decide: is the commutator subgroup of the group presented by $P$ finitely generated?

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### Number of trivializations of a trivial word in the free group

Let $M$ be the free monoid on $2n$ generators $x_1,X_1,...,x_n,X_n$ and consider the set $T$ of all those elements of $M$ which map to 1 of the free group on $x_1,...,x_n$ under the homomorphism $\pi$ ...

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### Matrix Elements of Real Representations

I asked this question over at Math.StackExchange and despite having had a bounty on it I did not receive an answer.
Suppose that $G$ is a finite group and we have a unitary irreducible representation ...

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### Finite p-groups and their fibered products

Is every finite $p$-group an epimorphic image of a fibered product of two finite $p$-groups which can be generated by $2$ elements?

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### generating set for symmetric group $S_n$

Say that $a_1, \cdots, a_{n-1}$ is an independent generating set for $S_n$. Let $b$ be any element in $S_n$. Is it true that $b$ can replace one of the generators, i.e. that there exists an index $i$, ...

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### Centralizers of reflections in special subgroups of Coxeter groups

Let us consider a (not necessarily finite) Coxeter group $W$ generated by a finite set of involutions $S=\{s_1,...,s_n\}$ subject (as usual) to the relations $(s_is_j)^{m_{i,j}}$ with ...

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### Maximal abelian subgroup of general linear groups

Thanks for any help or comments.
Is it possible to recognize all maximal abelian subgroups of general linear group on finite field $F$ of order $q$, $GL_n(F)$.
By maximal abelian I mean if $A$ is ...

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### About the second largest adjacency eigenvalue of Abelian Cayley graphs

[Assume all groups are finite]
One knows the general statement that the sum of the values of the character function on the generating set is an eigenvalue of a Cayley graph.
But the above doesn't ...

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### project limit on $n$- simplical complex which is principal homogeneous with respect to an action

The setting:
Let G be compact locally $\Bbb{Q}_p$ analytic group. We fix a countable basis of open normal subgroups $G\supset G_1\supset ...G_r\supset...$
We suppose that we are given a system of ...

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### Subgroups of index 2 in a fibered product

Let $G$ be a finite group and let $M,N \lhd G$ be normal subgroups with a trivial intersection. Suppose that $G$ has a subgroup of index $2$. Must $G$ have a subgroup of index $2$ which contains ...

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### Is there a non right-orderable torsion-free factor of the Braid group on 3 strands?

The braid group on 3 strands has the presentation $\langle x,y \;|\; xyx=yxy\rangle$. A group $G$ is called right orderable if there is a total order $<$ on the set $G$ such that if $a<b$ then ...

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### Quotient of principal congruence subgroups

This is a direct follow-up to this question. What is the quotient $\Gamma(2)/\Gamma(2^n)?$ (the principal congruence subgroups are in $SL(2, \mathbb{Z}).$ It is a 2-group, but what else?

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### Consequences of the Inverse Galois Problem

Are there any papers written about the consequences of the Inverse Galois Problem in case it is proved to be true or false?
We know a lot of things that would be true if the Riemann Hypothesis holds. ...

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### uniqueness of quotients of principal congruence subgroups

For each $n \geq 2$, is $\Gamma(2^{n})$ the unique normal subgroup of $\Gamma(2)$ with quotient isomorphic to $\Gamma(2) / \Gamma(2^{n})$ (here we are talking about principal congruence subgroups of ...

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### Suppose that $G$ is a subgroup of $GL_n(\mathbb C)$ with finite exponent. Then is $G$ a finite group? [closed]

As title. the exponent of $G$ is the least number $n$ (if exists) such that $g^n=e$ holds for all $g\in G$ or $+\infty$.

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### Motivational ideas for the Gelfand-Graev character of a finite group of Lie type

I've been studying the Gelfand-Graev character's general construction for a finite group of Lie type. I wish to discuss its particularization in a seminar for the general linear group over a finite ...

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### How do you *state* the Classification of finite simple groups?

From the point of view of formal math, what would constitute an appropriate statement of the classification of finite simple groups? As I understand it, the classification enumerates 18 infinite ...

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### About the set of Sylow-$p$ subgroups of $G$

Let G be a finite group and S be the set of Sylow p-subgroups of G for a
prime p dividing the order of G. Assume that |S|>1.
Let U and V be two disjoint non-empty subsets of S such that,
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### Counting group invariants using Macdonald conjecture?

It is known from Dyson, Macdonald $et$ $al$ that the constant term asscoiated to the expansion of the following expression
\begin{equation}
\prod_{\alpha \in \Delta} (1-e^{\alpha})^k
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### Section of Cayley graphs

Let $\pi: G\to G_1$ be a surjective group homomorphism to a finite group $G_1$ and let $S_1$ be a (finite) generating set of $G_1$. Assume $\mathrm{Cay}(G_1,S_1)$ is the Cayley graph of $G_1$ with ...

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### every element with eigenvalue 1

Is there a "non-trivial" subgroup $G$ of $GL(n,\mathbb C)$ whose every element has an eigenvalue $1$?
"Non-trivial" here means that is no common eigenvector with eigenvalue $1$ for all elements of ...

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### In how many steps a random walk visits all the elements of a finite group, with a probability 1/2?

This question is a variation of the return to the origin problem.
Let $G$ be the finite group $\mathbb{Z}/n \times \mathbb{Z}/n$ and let the random transformation $T: G \to G$ such that $T(a,b) = ...

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### Decision problem on triviality of intersection of two subgroups

What is known about the following decision problem?
Given two finite sets in a finitely generated group G,
decide whether the subgroups generated by them have trivial intersection.
Is this problem ...

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### Conjugation of group extensions

Let $H$ be a finite group. We write ${{\mathbb{C}}}^{*n}$ for the $n$-dimensional complex torus $({{\mathbb{C}}}^*)^n$.
We have a short exact sequence
$$ 0\to {{\mathbb{Z}}}^n\to ...

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### History of Tarski's problems on free groups

As is known, Tarski posed his questions about first-order theories of non-abelian free groups around 1945. However, the questions were not published in his papers or books.
What is the original ...

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### When are (Abelian) Cayley graphs also expanders?

I want to ask the question in two parts,
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Is there some fundamental distinguishing property between Abelian and non-Abelian Cayley graphs? (say some specific proof technique which distinguishes ...