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Unipotent conjugacy classes

Consider a connected reductive group G over the complex numbers. Is there a `simple' formula for the number of conjugacy classes of unipotent elements in G?
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representable functions on FinGrp

We look at functions $f: \text{FinGrp} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ such that $f$ is constant on isomorphism classes. Let's say that $f$ is representable if there is a (possibly infinite) group $K$ such ...
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Name/terminology for a relationship between group actions

Let $G$ and $H$ be groups, both acting on a set $X$. Suppose that there is a homomorphism $\phi:G\to H$ such that for every $g\in G$ and $x\in X$, $g\cdot x = \phi(g)\cdot x$. Is there a name for this ...
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Separation of topological group elements by invariant neighbourhooods

Let $G$ be a topological group that is Hausdorff, that is, for every pair $(g,h)$ of distinct elements of $G$, there exist disjoint open sets $U_g$ and $U_h$ such that $g \in U_g$ and $h \in U_h$. ...
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Parshin's buildings for higher local fields

What is the status of the theory of buildings for higher local fields? I know that there are some papers of Parshin, in which he describes some examples, like $PGL_2$ and $PGL_3$ over ...
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On groups satisfying a law

We say that a group $G$ satisfies a law if there exists a (nontrivial) word $w \in \mathbb{F}_n$ such that $w(g_1,\dots,g_n)=1$ for every $g_1,\dots, g_n \in G$. For example, any abelian group ...
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Where can I find the classification of groups of order 16p? [closed]

I need to classify the groups of order $16p$ by their generators and relations between the generators. Can I find this classification anywhere?
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Goldbach-type problem: the valuation of irreducible elements of a subgroup of $\mathbb{Q}_{> 0}$

Let $\phi : \mathbb{Q}_{>0} \to \mathbb{Z}$ be the group morphism defined by $\phi(p) = p$ for $p$ a prime number. It follows that $\phi(\prod_i p_i^{n_i}) = \sum_i n_i p_i$, with $p_i$ a prime ...
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Products of subgroups that generate a finite group

Consider the following general problem. There is a finite group $G$ and $H_1,H_2 < G$. Suppose we know that $\langle H_1, H_2 \rangle = G$, i.e. $G$ is generated by $H_1$ and $H_2$. Denote by $n_0$ ...
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A particular example of solvable group

Let be $m$ an integer, $m>0$, $n=p_1^{a_1}...p_t^{a_t}$. Define $f(n)=a_1+...+a_t$. Let $G$ be a finite group and define $f(G)=\max\left\{\,f(\lvert g\rvert):g\in G\,\right\}$. Is there a finite ...
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Does the symmetric group on an infinite set have a minimal generating set?

To clarify the terms in the question above: The symmetric group Sym($\Omega$) on a set $\Omega$ consists of all bijections from $\Omega$ to $\Omega$ under composition of functions. A generating set ...
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The special subgroups of a finite abelian group of rank two

Let $G=\langle a_{1}\rangle\times\langle a_{2}\rangle$ such that $|a_{i}|=2^{k_{i}}$ and $k_{1}>k_{2}$ and $H$ be a subgroup of $G$ that there exists an automorphism of $G$ such that fix only ...
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Does $G\times H$ have a dual when $G$ and $H$ have?

Let $G$ and $H$ be two groups with duals. Does $G\times H$ have a dual? A group $G$ has a dual iff the lattice of its subgroups is order-isomorphic to the dual of the subgroup lattice of some other ...
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A double centralizing theorem for finite groups

I have a proof for the following assertion which employs Model Theory. It has certainly a pure group theoretic proof, but what is such a proof? Is the assertion trivial? Theorem Let $G$ be a finite ...
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Making a profinite group free

Let $F$ be a free profinite group, $G$ a profinite group. Suppose that the free profinite product $F \amalg G$ is a free profinite group. Must $G$ be a free profinite group? For abstract groups the ...
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Stallings' Theorem for free products of groups

There is a well known theorem which states that: Theorem(Stallings): For any immersion $f$ from a finite graph $D$ to $G$ there is a finite-sheeted covering space $D '$ of $G$ that extends $f$. ...
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groups of order $ p(p^2-1) / 4 $ where $p$ is a prime

Let $p> 3$ be a prime number and $G$ be a finite group of order $p(p^2-1) / 4 $. If $ 4 \mid (p+1)$ then easily we can see that the $ p$-Sylow subgroup of $G$ is a normal subgroup of $G$. As I ...
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Union of conjugates of a closed subgroup of a compact group

Let $G$ be a compact Hausdorff group, $H \leq G$ a closed subgroup of infinite index in $G$. Is it possible that the conjugates of $H$ cover some open neighbourhood of $1$ in $G$ (or the whole of ...
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Representations of orthogonal groups vs representations of reflection groups

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional inner product space and $O(V)$ the orthogonal group of $V$. Let $G$ be a (say, finite) reflection group on $V$, regarded as a subgroup of $O(V)$ ($G< O(V)$.) Let us ...
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solvable word problem without algorithm

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group. I wonder if there are examples where: 1) The word problem is known to be solvable in $G$ but there is no algorithm known. 2) The word problem is known to be ...
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Union of conjugates of a subgroup

Let $G$ be a finite group, $H \leq G$ a proper subgroup. It is well known that the union of the conjugates of $H$ does not cover $G$. I would like to know of more precise results (even in special ...
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What are the possible finite non-solvable quotients of one relator groups?

Is there a one-relator group with some finite non-solvable quotient, that does not have all large alternating groups as finite quotients?
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Examples of fundamental domains

Everyone knows that it's difficult to compute a general fundamental domain for an arithmetic group but are there any specific examples where such domains have been calculated? I'm mostly interested in ...
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The set of (property) elements of a locally compact group is closed

For which properties $(P)$ is the following statement known to be true? In any locally compact group $G$, the elements of $G$ that satisfy $(P)$ form a closed subset of $G$. In other words, the ...
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1D TQFT in Freed-Hopkins-Lurie-Teleman

In the first section of Freed-Hopkins-Lurie-Teleman they construct a one-dimensional Topological Quantum Field Theory. $F(\circ_+)$ is a vector space and $F(\circ_-)$ is the dual. $F(\circ-\circ)$ ...
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Equidistribution of double coset

Let $G=PGL_n(\mathbb{R})$, $K=PO_n(\mathbb{R})$ and $X=G/K$. Also suppose $\Gamma=SL_n(\mathbb{Z})$ acts on the left of $X$. We define a typical Hecke operator on $L^2(\Gamma\backslash X)$ by the ...
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A sequence of subsets of an infinite group

Is there an infinite group $G$ such that there is not any sequence $(A_n)$ of its subsets such that always $$A_n=A_n^{-1}, \quad A_{n+1}A_{n+1}\subsetneqq A_n$$ ? link
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Orders of Finite Simple Groups

Which finite simple groups have order N so that N+1 is a proper power? As an example: the simple group of order $168=13^2-1$.
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“Twisted” Lyndon equation in a free group

In 1959, Lyndon showed that in a free group, the equation $u^2v^2=w^2$ has only commuting solutions: $uv=vu=w$. Is there in the litterature any information about the following "twisted" version of the ...
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Subgroup property stronger than being characteristic

In what follows, all groups are assumed to be finite. Recall that if $K \leq H \leq G$ are groups, $K$ is said to be a weakly closed subgroup of $H$ in $G$ if, for all $g \in G$, $g^{-1}Kg \leq H$ ...
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Under what conditions there is a one-to-one mapping between a product of matrices and the sequence of matrices leading to the product?

I have a set of matrices $A_1,\ldots,A_n$. Let $\mathcal{A} = \{A_i\}$. What are some simple conditions under which for any sequence of indices between $1$ and $n$, $a_1,\ldots,a_m$, the product ...
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On the Suzuki group

Let $G$ be the Suzuki group over the field with $q=2^{2m+1}$ elements, $m>0$. Then, by Theorem 3.10 from B. Huppert, N. Blackburn, Finite Group III, pp 192-193, or wikipedia, the group $G$ contains ...
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Switching representatives of right coset in a paper on fundamental domain of tree of GL(2)

I have a question concerning the following paper: "The fundamental domain of the tree of GL(2) over the function field of an elliptic curve" by Shuzo Takahashi. (1993, Duke Math. J., Vol. 72, No. 1). ...
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Intersection of Maximal Left Ideals with Finite Dimensional Quotient

Let $\Gamma$ be a finitely generated group and let $A=\mathbb{C}[\Gamma]$ be the corresponding group algebra over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $X$ be the set of all maximal left ideals of $A$ and let $X_0=\{I ...
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Fixed points of $x\mapsto 2^{2^{2^{2^x}}} \mod p$

Let $p$ be a prime. For how many elements $x$ of $\{0,1,\dotsc,p-1\}$ can it be the case that $$2^{2^{2^{2^x}}} = x \mod p?$$ In particular, can you find a simple proof (or, even better, several ...
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Semi direct product group

Suppose $G=V \rtimes M$, is a semi product group of an elementary abelian p-group of size $|V|=p^e$ and $M$ is a subgroup of $G$. If $f$ is the natural projection from $G$ onto $M$. $C_x=\{x^G\}$ is ...
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Bases of free groups

Let $F$ be a free group on a finite set $X$. Let $A \subseteq X$ be a subset of $X$ contained in some $H \leq F$, a subgroup of finite index in $F$. Must there be a basis (free generating set) for $H$ ...
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Kaplansky's unit conjecture and unique products

There are three conjectures on group rings that bear the name of Kaplansky (see for example this question). The 'unit conjecture' in the title of the present question is the strongest of them, and ...
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Subsets of a group as an algebraic structure

Let $F$ be a set and $.$ be a binary operation on $F$ and $.^{-1}:F\to F$ be a so-called inverse operation on $F$ such that $(F,.)$ is semigroup and for each $x,y\in F$, $$(x^{-1})^{-1}=x,~~~~~ ...
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Number of primitive $n$th roots with positive versus negative real parts

Does anyone know a reference to the following results, which I can prove, but I suspect may be known. Let $R(n)$ denote the number of primitive $n$th roots of unity with positive real part, and $L(n)$ ...
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Normal generators of finite index subgroups in a free group

Let $F=F(a,b)$ be the free group of rank $2$. Question 1: Given any positive integer $d$, can one always find elements $u_j,v_j,w_j \in F$, $j=1,\dots,d$, such that if $1 \le j <k \le d$ then the ...
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Permutation Groups Containing non-commuting $p$-cycles

I noticed that the following is true, and that there is a reasonably elementary proof of it (in particular, the classification of finite simple groups is not needed). Let $G$ be a finite permutation ...
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Is it a Frobenius complement?

Let $n$, $m\in \mathbb{N}$. Let $p$, $q$ be primes with $q^{n}|p-1$. Let $H$ the semidirect product of a cyclic group $A=C_{p^{\large{m}}}$ by a cyclic group $B=C_{q^{\large{n+1}}}$ which induces an ...
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Generators of Sylow subgroups

Is there a function $f : \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ such that for each finite supersolvable group $G$, and a Sylow subgroup $S \leq G$ we have $d(S) \leq f(d(G))$? Here $d(H)$ denotes the ...
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Relation of the order of elements in a metabelian group [closed]

Let $n$ be an integer, $n>1$, $n=p_1^{a_1}...p_t^{a_t}$. I define $f(n)=a_1+...+a_t$. Let be $G$ a finite group and I define $f(G)=max(f(|g|):g\in G)$. I have to prove that if $G$ is a ...
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Dehn functions of Thompson's group $F$

It's well know that the first order Dehn function of $F$ is quadratic. Is a similar result known for its second-order, or even higher-order, Dehn function? The second-order Dehn function of a group ...
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Enumeration of a finite group

Let $G=\{g_1,g_2,...,g_n\}$ be a group with $e=g_1$ and $n$ is odd, Set $$a_1=g_1$$ $$a_2=g_1g_2$$ $$a_3=g_1g_2g_3$$ $$a_n=g_1g_2...g_n$$ I am looking for example that all $a_i$ are different from ...
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Is there an infinite field of characteristic 2 whose multiplicative group is torsion free and (direct-sum) indecomposable?

Let $F$ be a infinite field of characteristic 2 whose multiplicative group $F^*$ is torsion free. I would like to conclude that $F^*$ is decomposable or find an example where $F^*$ is indecomposable. ...
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Number of non isomorphic groups in Cext(G,C_p)

I want to modify my question mathoverflow.net/questions/50922. Let $C_{p^e}$ be a cyclic group of order $p^e$, $p$ prime. Denote by $\text{Cext}(G,C_p)$ the group of all central extensions of $C_p$ by ...
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Two-relator products of cyclic groups

In "A proof of the Scott–Wiegold conjecture on free products of cyclic groups" Howie proved that every one-relator product of three cyclic groups is nontrivial. Is there a now proven theorem that says ...