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### List of Classifying Spaces and Covers

I am looking for a list of classifying spaces $BG$ of groups $G$ (discrete and/or topological) along with associated covers $EG$; there does not seem to be such cataloging on the web. Or if not a ...

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### Properly Discontinuous Action

When looking definition, and theorems related to Properly discontinuous action of a group $G$ on a topological space $X$, it is different in different books (Topology and Geometry-Bredon, Complex ...

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### Invariant Polynomials under a Group Action (hidden GIT)

Let's say I start with the polynomial ring in $n$ variables $R = \mathbb{Z}[x_1,...,x_n]$ (in the case at hand I had $\mathbb{C}$ in place of $\mathbb{Z}$).
Now the symmetric group $\mathfrak{S}_n$ ...

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### Do mutually dual finite vector spaces have the same orbit cardinalities under a linear group action?

Let $G$ be a finite group acting linearly on a finite dimensional vector space $V$ over a finite field. By Burnside's lemma,
$$
|V/G| = \frac 1{|G|} \sum_{g\in G} q^{\dim(ker(g - I))}.
$$
Since $g-I$ ...

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### why most of the angles are right

The Coxeter–Dynkin diagrams tell us that in a spherical Coxeter simplex most of the dihedral angles are right. Say among $\tfrac{n{\cdot}(n+1)}2$ dihedral angles we can have at most $n$ angles which ...

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### Actions on ℍⁿ generated by torsion elements

Let $n$ be a large integer.
I am looking for a cocompact properly discontinuous isometric action on $n$-dimensional Lobachevky space which is generated by elements of finite order.
Or equivalently, ...

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### A general formula for the number of conjugacy classes of $\mathbb{S}_n \times \mathbb{S}_n$ acted on by $ \mathbb{S}_n$

$\def\S{\mathbb{S}}$ Dear all,
So I have $\S_n$ acting on $\S_n \times \S_n$ via conjugacy. That is:
for $g \in \S_n, (x,y) \in \S_n \times \S_n$: $g(x,y) = (gxg^{-1},gyg^{-1}).$
Is there a general ...

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### Is a smooth action of a semi-simple Lie group linearizable near a staionary point?

Suppose that $G$ is a semi-simple Lie group that acts smoothly (i.e., $C^\infty$) on a smooth, finite dimensional manifold $M$. Does it follow that the action of $G$ is linearizable near any ...

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### How to compute the (co)homology of orbit spaces (when the action is not free)?

Suppose a compact Lie group G acts on a compact manifold Q in a not necessarily free manner. Is there any general method to gain information about the quotient Q/G (a stratified space)? For example, I ...

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### Actions on Sⁿ with quotient Sⁿ

What is known about isometric actions on $\mathbb S^n$ such that the quotient space is homeomorphic to $\mathbb S^n$?
Comments.
I am mostly interested in (maybe trivial) properties of such ...

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### When taking the fixed points commutes with taking the orbits

Let $G$ and $H$ be groups, both acting on a set $X$ on the left, in such a way that the two actions commute. (Equivalently, let $G \times H$ act on $X$.)
The set $\text{Fix}_H(X)$ of $H$-fixed ...

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### Cobounded ⇒ cocompact?

Assume $\Gamma$ acts by isometries on a separable Hilbert space $H$, and
$$\operatorname{diam} H/\Gamma\le 1.$$
Is it true that $H/\Gamma$ is compact?
Stupid example. Assume the action of ...

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### Looking for interesting actions that are not representations

As a person interested in group theory and all things related, I'd like to deepen my knowledge of group actions.
The typical (and indeed the most prominent) example of an action is that of a ...

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### When do isometric actions exist?

Let $X$ be a metrizable topological space and $G$ be a locally compact group. Given a continuous (left) action of $G$ on $X$, is there a metric on $X$, compatible with the topology, for which the ...

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### Determinant associated with a group action

Let $G$ be a finite group and $S$ be a finite set, with $G$ acting on $S$. I consider indeterminates $x_g$ indexed by $g\in G$ and form the matrix of the group action $A\in M_{S\times S}$. Its entries ...

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### Symmetric group action on squarefree polynomials

The following dynamical system on polynomials comes mostly from idle curiosity, but I hope it is of some interest.
Background Fix some natural number $n$. Let $P$ be the quotient of the polynomial ...

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### Relation between groups and classifying spaces

Let $G$ be a nonabelian group, with classifying space $BG$.
Motivation: We can compute its homology, $H_\ast(BG)=H_\ast(G)$. It would be nice to see some equivariant computations, like $H_\ast^G(BG)$ ...

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### The classifying space of a gauge group

Let $G$ be a Lie group and $P \to M$ a principal $G$-bundle over a closed Riemann surface. The gauge group $\mathcal{G}$ is defined by
$$\mathcal{G}=\lbrace f : P \to G \mid f(p \cdot g) = ...

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### What are the invariants of $U\otimes V\otimes W$ under action of $GL(U)\times GL(V) \times GL(W)$

The tensor product of some (finite dimensional real) vector spaces is acted on by the direct product of their general linear groups. I would like to know if there are explicit invariants in the case ...

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### Is every (finite) group action on R^n by diffeomorphisms conjugate to a linear action?

I want to know if every smooth (finite)group action on $\mathbb{R}^n$ is conjugate to some linear action.Thank you!

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### Fixed point of $S^1$-action using roots of unity

Fact: For any (continuous) $S^1$-action on the closed unit disk $\mathbb{D}^n$, there is a fixed point $x_0\in\mathbb{D}^n$.
I have thought of a possible argument that re-proves this, but am not sure ...

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### Counterexamples to analogue of Cannon conjecture in higher dimensions

It is known that a group $G$ acts geometrically on $\mathbb{H}^2$ if and only if $G$ is word-hyperbolic and its boundary $\partial G$ is homeomorphic to $S^1$.
The analogous statement for ...

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### Center of one-point stabilizer in 2-transitive groups

In this MO question it was mentioned that the following fact seems to be true:
If $G$ is doubly transitive on $X$ and the one-point stabilizer $G_x$ has a
non-trivial center, then $G$ is of ...

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### Action of a Lie group with finitely many orbits

EDIT: Let a real Lie group $G$ act on a smooth manifold $M$ with finitely many orbits such that each orbit is locally closed ($M$, but not $G$, may be assumed to be compact in my case). Let ...

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### “Homogeneity” of the Hopf fibration $S^7\to S^{15}\to S^8$ [closed]

My question has to do with an apparent contradiction I get regarding the Hopf fibration $S^7\to S^{15}\to S^8$. Namely, the two following statements cannot be true at the same time (but I do not see ...

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### Free $\mathbb{Z}_2$-actions match at some point

I have in front of me a proof of this lemma:
If $f$ and $g$ are free $\mathbb{Z}_2$-actions on $S^1$, then $f(x)=g(x)$ for some $x \in S^1$.
A $\mathbb{Z}_2$-action on the unit circle $S^1$ is a ...

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### Status of Hilbert-Smith conjecture and H-S conjecture for Hölder actions

The Hilbert-Smith conjecture states that
If $G$ is a locally compact group which acts effectively on a connected manifold as a
topological transformation group then is $G$ a Lie group.
It was ...

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### How does the kernel of the map $\Omega^{\bullet}(X)\rightarrow \Omega^{\bullet}(G\times X)$ relate to equivariant cohomology?

This question may be trivial for experts. Consider a (compact, connected) smooth manifold $X$ and a (compact connected) Lie group $G$ act on $X$. Then we have the action map
$$
\mu: G\times ...

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### Białynicki-Birula theory for non-complete varieties

I would like to know to which extent the theory developed for smooth projective varieties in the following articles
A. Białynicki-Birula, Some theorems on actions of algebraic groups.
Ann. of ...

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### Free group actions on varieties and algebras of coinvariants

Suppose $k$ is an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero and $A$ is a finitely generated commutative associative reduced $k$-algebra.
Suppose the group $\mathbb{Z}_2$ acts on $A$ in such a ...

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### A published proof for: the number of labeled $i$-edge ($i \geq 1$) forests on $p^k$ vertices is divisible by $p^k$

Let $F(n;i)$ be the number of labeled $i$-edge forests on $n$ vertices (A138464 on the OEIS). The first few values of $F(n;i) \pmod n$ are listed below:
$$\begin{array}{r|rrrrrrrrrrr}
& i=0 ...

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### What is the standard notation for group action

Please let me know what is the standard notation for group action.
I saw the following three notations for group action.
(All the images obtained as G\acts X ...

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### $S^1$-action in three dimensions

Let $M$ be a closed, orientable 3-manifold with a non-trivial differentiable $S^1$-action.
What does this imply for $M$? What are examples except for (products of) spheres?

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### Rational homology and finite group actions

I'm looking for examples of the following phenomena. Let $X$ be a reasonable space (say, a CW complex) and $G$ be a finite group acting on $X$. For all $k \geq 1$, the projection map $X \rightarrow ...

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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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### Orbifolds vs. branched covers

Forgive me if this is a basic question. I'm just learning about orbifolds, and covering spaces are my happy place for thinking about group actions.
If $M$ is a manifold and $G$ is a group acting ...

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### Hamiltonian polar action with Lagrangian section

I am looking for examples of Hamiltonian polar isometric actions of a compact Lie group on a Kahler-Einstein (or perhaps just Kahler) manifold, that admits a Lagrangian section.
Recall that an ...

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### volume of exceptional group orbits

Assume that $G$ is a compact group acting by isometries on a (compact) Riemannian manifold (M,g), with principal orbits of dimension $d>0$. For $x\in M$, let $G(x)$ denote the $G$-orbit of $x$, by ...

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### When is a conjugacy class of matrices an embedded submanifold?

Let $M_{n\times n}$ denote the set of $n\times n$ real matrices and let $GL_n$ be the subgroup of invertible matrices. $GL_n$ acts on $M_{n\times n}$ smoothly by conjugation, which means that each ...

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### Group actions with finite stabilizers and compact quotients

Let $G$ be a discrete group that acts on a contractible finite dimensional $G$-complex $X$ with the following properties:
$X/G$ is compact (i.e. the action is cocompact)
Each stabilizer $G_\sigma$ ...

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### blowups and group actions

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over the complex numbers and assume that $X$ is equipped with the action of a finite group $G$.
Denote by $Z$ the closed subscheme of fixed points of $G$ and ...

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### Hamiltonian circle actions and Lefschetz pencils

Suppose that $M$ is a symplectic manifold with a Hamiltonian circle action. Is there a topological Lefschetz pencil on $M$, $f\colon M-A \rightarrow S^2$, such that the fibers are symplectic ...

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### Orbit spaces of crystallographic groups

In their paper "On Three-Dimensional Space Groups", Conway et al. write
Although this paper was inspired by the orbifold concept, we did not need to consider the 219 orbifolds of space groups ...

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### Fixed points on boundary of hyperbolic group

Let G be a word-hyperbolic group with torsion and let ∂G be its boundary. Do there exist criteria that imply that all non-trivial finite order elements of G act fixed-point freely on ∂G?

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### Characterization of amenable actions

Let $(X,\mu)$ be a $G$-space, i.e. a measure space with a Borel quasi-invariant $G$-action. Say that $X$ is amenable (equivalently, that the action is amenable) if there is a $G$-fixed point in every ...

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### A generalized Burnside's lemma

Let $G$ be a finite group acting on a set $X$, and let $S\subseteq G$ be a union of conjugacy classes. Then I believe I can prove:
$$ \sum_{[x]\in X/G} \frac{|G_x \cap S|}{|G_x|} = \sum_{g\in S} ...

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### Is translation by the free group (in two generators) on a certain completion of the group an amenable action?

Let $\mathbb{F}_2 = \langle a,b\rangle$ be the free group in two generators $a,b$ and let $\alpha \in \text{End}(\mathbb{F}_2)$ be given by $\alpha(a) = a^2, \alpha(b)= b^2$. Note that the index ...

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### Central extensions of automorphisms of Bruhat-Tits trees

This is the first time I am using Mathoverflow and I am still learning how to use it.
That is why I want to begin with a curious question:
Does the group of automorphisms of a Bruhat-Tits tree have ...

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### What about the empty torsor?

Let $G$ be a group. A $G$-torsor is a set $X$ together with an action of $G$ such that for all $x,y \in X$ there is exactly one $g \in G$ such that $gx=y$. This looks like a group which has forgotten ...

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### Terminology: “cocompact”

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold such that its isometry group $G=\textrm{Iso}(M)$ is a Lie group, and let $\Gamma$ be a subgroup of $G$.
1) What does the phrase "$\Gamma$ is a cocompact group of ...