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Schur multiplier of $Sp(2g, \mathbb{Z}/2)$ for $g \geq 3$

This question is about the computation of $H_2(Sp(2g, \mathbb{Z}/2), \mathbb{Z})$, where $Sp(2g, \mathbb{Z}/2)$ is the group of symplectic $2g \times 2g$ matrices over $\mathbb{Z}/2$. With respect to ...
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Zariski tangent spaces to representation varieties

In Bill Goldman's paper "The Symplectic Nature of the Fundamental Groups of Surfaces" (Advances, 54, 200-225, '84) it is stated that the "Zariski tangent space" to a representation space Hom$(\pi, ...
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Group cohomology question, trivial Galois action on discrete Galois module means we can say what about kernel of map

Say we have a number field $K$. Let $G_K = \text{Gal}(\overline{K}/K)$. Let $M$ be a discrete $G_K$-module. We know that $H^1(K, M) := H^1(G_K, M)$, i.e. profinite group cohomology. For each place $v$ ...
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Computing the order of elements in a non abelian exterior square of a finite group

If we have an explicit group $G$, and we pick two elements $g,h \in G$, could we find the order of the element $g \wedge h \in G \wedge G$? The best thing I could find is Theorem 1.1 in Ellis' Book ...
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Mayer-Vietoris sequence for orbifolds

Is there a version of the Mayer-Vietoris long exact sequence for orbifolds? I am interested in orbifold homology as opposed to the homology of the underlying topological space.
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Cohomological obstructions to lift $\pi_0$ of a topological group

Let $G$ be a topological group. Denote the same group with the discrete topology by $G^\delta$ and denote the group of connected components of $G$ by $\pi_0G$. I am interested in the question when we ...
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Relations between the cohomology of discrete groups and of profinite groups

Let $G$ be a discrete group and $K$ be the profinite completion of $G$. Let $C_K$ denote the category of contionuous $K$-modules and ${C_K}'$ denotes category of finite continuous $K$-modules. Now for ...
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Finite groups inside an infinite group with the same homology

Suppose we have a triple of groups $G,H,K$ verifying the follwing conditions $G$ and $H$ are finite groups and $K$ an infinite group. there exists two monomorphisms $G\rightarrow K\leftarrow H$ ...
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Groups whose finite index subgroups of fixed index are isomorphic

I am interested in finitely generated groups $G$ that are residually finite and have the following property: For each $d \geq 1$, $G$ has subgroups of finite index $d$, and all such subgroups are ...
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Known results in the Cohomology of finite groups

I am learning to compute cohomology of finite groups and came across this survey article http://www.ams.org/notices/199707/adem.pdf "Recent Developments in the cohomology of finite groups" by ...
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Example of a Schur-nontrivial group with no abelian subgroup of the form $H\times H$?

A group $G$ is Schur-nontrivial if the Schur multipler $H^2(G,U(1))$ is not the trivial group. I am trying to find an example of a Schur-nontrivial group which does not contain a subgroup of the form ...
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Transfer map in group cohomology

Let $H$ be a subgroup of a finite group $G$, and let $M$ be a $G$-module. Are there any simple conditions on $H,G$ and $M$ which would ensure that the transfer map $H^p(H,M)\to H^p(G,M)$ is the zero ...
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Cup products and the transfer map

Let $G_1$ be a finite-index subgroup of $G_2$. Let $i : H^{\ast}(G_2) \rightarrow H^{\ast}(G_1)$ be the induced map of rings. There is then a transfer homomorphism $\tau : H^{\ast}(G_1) \rightarrow ...
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Group cohomology of the cyclic group

It is well known how to compute cohomology of a finite cyclic group $C_m=\langle \sigma \rangle$, just using the periodic resolution, $\require{AMScd}$ \begin{CD} \cdots @>N>> \mathbb ...
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Lower central series quotients in terms of (co)homology

Let $G$ be a group. It is well-known that $H_1(G,\mathbb{Z})=G/[G,G]$. Also (at least up to torsion) $[G,G]/[G,[G,G]]=\Lambda^2H^1(G,\mathbb{Z})/H_2(G,\mathbb{Z})$ as explained, for example, in this ...
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Random pro-p groups via iterated uniformly random central extensions

Inspired by this question on math.se, I want to understand the following construction of a random pro-$p$ group: We want to construct an inverse system $$\cdots \xrightarrow{\alpha_i} G_i ...
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Third (co-) homology of Cyclic groups

Is there a general simple theorem for the third cohomology of cyclic groups $H_3(\mathbb{Z}_n, U(1))= ?$. In particular, I am interested in finding $H_3(\mathbb{Z}_8, U(1))$. I know the answer can be ...
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Cohomologically trivial $G$-modules

Is there a finite non-abelian $2$-group $G$ without non-trivial elementary abelian direct factor and of order $2^9$ satisfying the following condition: $$Z(G) \cap Z(\Phi(G))= \langle ...
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Reference request: The first cohomology of SL(2,Z) with coefficients in homogeneous polynomials

Let $H_k$ be the vector space of degree $k$ homogeneous polynomials in two variables.I'm looking for a reference for the fact that $H^1(SL(2,\mathbb Z);H_k)=M^0(k+2)\oplus\overline{M^0(k+2)}\oplus ...
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Does the Tate construction (defined with direct sums) have a derived interpretation?

Any abelian group M with an action of a finite group $G$ has a Tate cohomology object $\hat H(G;M)$ in the derived category of chain complexes. There are several ways to define this. One is as the ...
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Cohomology of central extensions of groups

Let G be a central extension of a finite group H by $Z/2$. I need an explicit description of the differentials $d_2$ and $d_3$ in the Lyndon-Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence which converges to the ...
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Cocycle condition for 2-groups

I know that if $\omega_d(g_1, \ldots, g_d)$ is an d-cocycle characterized by $H^d(G,U(1))$, it satisfies the co-cycle condition $(d\omega_d)(g_1, \ldots, g_{d+1}) = g_1.\omega_d(g_2,\ldots,g_{d+1}) + ...
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Have locally principal crossed homomorphisms been studied?

Take a (multiplicative finite) group $H$ acting on the left (by automorphisms) on an (additive finite) abelian group $A$, and recall that the abelian (additive) group of crossed homomorphisms from $H$ ...
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comparing homology of a space and homology of the classifying space of its fundamental group

Let $X$ be a (connected) closed $n$-manifold and $G=\pi_1(X)$ be the fundamental group of $X$. There is a classifying map $f: X \rightarrow K(G, 1)$ which induces an isomorphism on $\pi_1$. I would ...
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Existence of class modules for finite groups

I asked the following question on Stackexchange and got no reply so I am reposting it here. Let $G$ be a finite group. A $G$-module C is a class module if, for all subgroups $H \subset G$: 1) ...
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A cohomology class associated with a complex representation of a group

$\newcommand\CC{\mathbb C}\newcommand\ZZ{\mathbb Z}\newcommand\ad{\mathsf{ad}}\newcommand\Ext{\operatorname{Ext}}$ Suppose that $G$ is a finite group and that it acts on a finite dimensional complex ...
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“Three great cocycles” in Complex Analysis as cohomology generators

In his lecture notes, C. McMullen discusses "the three great cocycles" in Complex Analysis: the derivative $$f\mapsto\log f',$$ the non-linearity $$f\mapsto (\log f')'dz$$ and the Schwarzian ...
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$H^4(BG,\mathbb Z)$ torsion free for $G$ a connected Lie group

Recently, prompted by considerations in conformal field theory, I was let to guess that for every compact connected Lie group $G$, the fourth cohomology group of it classifying space is torsion free. ...
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First Galois cohomology of Weil restriction of $\mathbb{G}_m$

Let $L/K$ be a finite Galois extension, write $G:= Gal(L/K)$. Denote by $R = Res(\mathbb{G}_m)$ the Weil restriction of $\mathbb{G}_m$, from $L$ to $K$. I want to show that its first Galois cohomology ...
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Continuous cohomology via model category

Is it possible to formulate notion of continuous cohomology in terms of model categories? If yes, then is there a reference for this?
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$2$-cohomology group of semi-direct products

Let $G=N\rtimes T$ and let $A$ be a $G$-module with a trivial $G$-action. The action of $T$ on induce a natural action of $T$ on the second cohomology group of $N$. Denote by $H^2(N,A)^T$ the ...
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Which limits does group cohomology commute with?

For a discrete group G, if $M$ is a direct/inverse limit of $M_i$, is $H^i(G, M)$ the direct/inverse limit of the $H^i(G, M_i)$? Of course, cohomology commutes with finite direct sums, but how about ...
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Is central extension of a group equivalent to a bundle with gauge field?

Let $\tilde G$ be a central extension of a group $G$ by $U(1)$. One common elegant definition is that there should be a short exact sequence of groups: $0 \to U(1) \to \tilde G \to G \to 0$ ...
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Generalization of a 1D unitary representation

Probably a very naive question, but I'd be grateful for any input. Consider 1D representations of finite group $G$: $\chi(g) \chi(h) = \chi(g h)$ with $\chi(g)\in \text{U}(1)$, and $\chi(1)=1$. The ...
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Restriction of $H^3(M_{24}, U(1))$ to $M_{12} \rtimes \mathbb{Z}_2$

$M_{12}\rtimes \mathbb{Z}_2$ is a maximal subgroup of $M_{24}$, where $M_{24}$ and $M_{12}$ are Mathieu groups . Also, it is known that $H^3(M_{24}, U(1)) \cong \mathbb{Z}_{12}$. I want to find the ...
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Behaviour of cohomology groups under extension of scalars

Let $\hat{R}\to R$ be a homomorphism of commutative unital rings and let $\hat{M}$ be an $\hat{R}G$-module for a group $G$. Does the $R$-module isomorphism $$H^n(G,\hat{M}\otimes R)\cong ...
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Integral cohomology of elementary abelian groups

Let $p$ be a prime. I am looking for a reference or a short proof for the fact that cohomology groups $H^i((\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z})^n,\, \mathbb{Z}),\, i>0,$ have exponent $p$ (i.e., that they are ...
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When can a 2-cocycle on a subgroup can be extended?

This question is based on a question when is the restriction $H^2(G,\mathbb{C}^*)\to H^2(K,\mathbb{C}^*)$ surjective? I am asking this as a new question as I already asked that user but got no ...
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Generalization of a lemma of Livne

Let $H$ be a finite $2$-group. Let $N_{4}(H)$ be the subgroup generated by fourth powers. Let $H_{4}$ be the last term in the short exact sequence $1\rightarrow N_4(H) \rightarrow H \rightarrow H_{4} ...
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How to claculate the $T$-stable subgroup of second cohomology group

Let $G=\langle x,y,z,w \mid [y,x]=w^p=z, x^{p^2}=y^p=z^p=1 \rangle$ be a group, where $[u,v]=u^{-1}v^{-1}uv$, $p$ is a prime and the commutator which do not appear is 1. Let $N=\langle y,w \rangle ...
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Homological stability for orthogonal groups

In Vogtmann's paper "Spherical posets and homological stability for $O_{n,n}$" it is shown that for all fields different than the field $F_2$ with two elements the homology groups of the orthogonal ...
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In what sense is the braid group $B_3$ the universal central extension of the modular group $\Gamma$?

First let's recall some definitions. Let $G$ be a perfect group, so that $$H^2(G, A) \cong \text{Hom}(H_2(G), A)$$ for all abelian groups $A$ by universal coefficients. This means that when $A = ...
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Transgression in terms of k-invariant for chain complexes

I am looking for a reference for the following. Say we have a $G$-space $X$ whose homology groups (in field coefficients $k$) are non-zero only in dimension zero and for a fixed $n>0$. Let $M$ ...
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rational cohomology of symmetric groups

Let $\Sigma_k$ be the $k$-th symmetric group and $B\Sigma_k$ be its classifying space. How to prove: for any $n\geq 1$ and the $n$-skeleton $sk_n (B\Sigma_k)$, there exists a finite dimensional ...
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Is the moduli space of graphs simply connected?

The moduli space of graphs $MG_n$ is the quotient of Culler-Vogtmann's outer space $X_n$ by the action of $\mathrm{Out}(F_n)$. It can be thought of as the space of metric graphs homotopy equivalent to ...
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The homology of the braid group with coefficients in the Burau representation

Let $B_n$ denote the braid group with $n$ braids. The Burau representation $B_n\to GL_n(\mathbb{Z}[t^{\pm1}])$ makes $(\mathbb{Q}[t^{\pm1}])^n$ a $B_n$-module. I am curious in knowing what $H_i(B_n, ...
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How to compute second homology of a group given by presentation with two relators

I am interested in calculating of $H_2(G,\mathbb{Z})$, where $G$ is a group given by presentation with two relators $\langle a,b| r_1 = r_2 = 1\rangle$. Moreover, I am interested in such ...
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Second homology of mapping class group via universal coefficient theorem

Let $S_g$ be the closed, orientable surface of genus $g\ge 2$ and $Mod(S_{g,1})$ the mapping class group of homeomorphisms fixing a base point $x_0\in S_g$ modulo isotopies fixing $x_0$. It is known ...
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When can the restriction map be zero or onto?

Let $G$ be a finite $p$ group of order $p^n$ and $N$ be a subgroup of $G$ of index $p$. Let $res:H^2(G,A) \rightarrow H^2(N,A)$ be the restriction map on cohomology, where $A$ is a trivial $G$ module. ...
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What's the name of the cohomology class associated to a projective representation?

Suppose $\rho : G \to PGL_n(k)$ is a projective representation of a group $G$ over a field $k$. It's classical that the obstruction to lifting this to a linear representation $G \to GL_n(k)$ is a ...