# Tagged Questions

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

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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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### Number of isomorphism types of finite groups

Are there some good asymptotic estimations for the number $F(n)$ of non-isomorphic finite groups of size smaller than $n$?

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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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### 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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### 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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### Must group homomorphisms on the infinite symmetric group be identical if they agree on transpositions? [on hold]

Suppose we have two group homomorphisms $f, g: S_A \to S_B$, where $A$ and $B$ are infinite sets, and that $f(x) = g(x)$ for all transpositions $x \in S_A$. Does it follow that $f = g$?

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### Numbers of distinct products obtained by permuting the factors

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Is it true that for every $k \in \{1, \dots, n!\}$ there are
some group $G$ and pairwise distinct elements $g_1, \dots, g_n \in G$ such that the set
$\{g_{\sigma(1)} \cdot \ ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### (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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Characterizing subgroups $H$ of $\Bbb T$ with $\{(f(x),g(x))\mid x\in H\}$ dense in $\Bbb T^2$

Let $\Bbb T$ be the circle group with Euclidean topology. Is there a way to determine all $H\le \Bbb T$ such that there are $f,g\in Aut(H)$ with $\{(f(x),g(x))\mid x\in H\}$ dense in $\Bbb T\times ...

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### Calculating the quotient group $\mathbb{Z}\times\mathbb{Z}/<(1,1),(1,-1)>$ [closed]

Let $G$ be the group $\mathbb{Z}\times\mathbb{Z}$ and $H$ be the subgroup of $G$ generated by $(1,1)$ and $(-1,1)$. I am trying to calculate the quotient group $G/H.$

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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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### Efficient algorithms to determine the roots of: $p(x) = r^x $ in the finite field $GF(q)$, where $r$ a primitive root of the field

I need to make sure that no efficient (i.e., polynomial time) algorithm exists for the following problem:
Exponentiating Polynomial Root Problem (EPRP)
Let $p(x)$ be a polynomial with $\deg(p) \geq ...

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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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### Generating a finite group from elements in each conjugacy class

Is there a finite group such that, if you pick one element from each conjugacy class, these don't necessarily generate the entire group?

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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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### Von Dyck Theorem [closed]

Let $G= \langle X\mid R\rangle$, $X$ and $R$ the set of generators and relations, respectively. Now we define $H = \langle X \mid R \cup \{x\}\rangle $ for some $x \in X$. Indeed in group $H$, we ...

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### Normal Covering of a Finite Group

Suppose $G$ is a finite group and $N_1, N_2, \cdots, N_k$ are proper normal subgroups of $G$. The set $\{ N_1, \cdots, N_k\}$ is called a normal cover for $G$, if $G = \cup_{i=1}^kN_i$. I need to the ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Alternate proof of Schur orthogonality relations [migrated]

I am trying to find an alternate proof for Schur orthogonality relations along the following lines.
Let $G$ be a finite group, with irreducible representations $V_1$, $V_2$, $\cdots$, $V_d$.
Let $V$ ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 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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### 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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### 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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### Analogues of the dihedral group

A virtually-$\mathbb{Z}$ group $G$ admits either a epimorphism onto $\mathbb{Z}$ or a epimorphism onto $D_\infty$.
So what happens if one replaces $\mathbb{Z}$ by another group $F$ (like the free ...

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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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### 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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### Translation length functions of non-simplicial trees

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group. By a theorem of Culler and Morgan, the set of non-abelian (not necessarily simplicial) minimal $\mathbb{R}$-trees with isometric $G$-action injects into the ...

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### Distributivity of group topologies on $\Bbb Z$

Let $\mathcal L$ be the set of all group topologies on $\Bbb Z$.
It is known that $(\mathcal L,\subseteq)$ is a modular complete lattice [1].
Is $(\mathcal L,\subseteq)$ distributive?
$$~$$
[1] ...

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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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### How feasible is it to prove Kazhdan's property (T) by a computer?

Recently, I have proved that Kazhdan's property (T) is theoretically provable
by computers (arXiv:1312.5431,
explained below), but I'm quite lame with computers and have
no idea what they actually ...

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### Milnor-Wolf result on growth of solvable groups

The Milnor-Wolf theorem says that any solvable group has either polynomial or exponential growth. I wonder about the existence of alternative proofs of this fact. I have an impression that the ...

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### HNN extensions which are free products

which HNN-extensions are free products? this question is related with another still unsolved about Nielsen-Thruston-reducibility and connected-sum-irreducibility of 3d-torus- bundles...

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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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### Fantastic properties of Z/2Z

Recently I gave a lecture to master's students about some nice properties of the group with two elements $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$. Typically, I wanted to present simple, natural situations where the ...