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### Is the space of polynomial functions on M_n a faithful U(gl_n)-module?

We are over some field $k$ of characteristic $0$. The general linear group $\mathrm{GL}_n$ canonically acts from the left and from the right on the space $\mathrm{M}_n$, and thus also acts from the ...

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### Quotient space of $\mathbb{C}^5$ under the action of $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$

One sees that given the $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ action on $\mathbb{C}^5$, thought of as the space of polynomials of the form,
$$a_0 x^4 + 4a_1 x^3 y + 6a_2x^2y^2 + 4a_3xy^3 + a_4 y^4$$
the ring of ...

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### Invariant theory

My question might be an easy or could be a bit complicate and classic. Actually I am trying to understand why the discriminant of a binary quadratic form is a "the fundamental invariant" under ...

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### Invariant Subvarieties of Variety of Quiver Representations

I'd like to understand a special case of the following rather general algebraic geometry question:
Given an algebraic group $G$ acting on a variety $V$, can we describe the $G$-invariant subvarieties ...

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### Noether's bound for anticommutative invariant theory (diff. forms instead of polynomials)?

EDIT: Now with a concrete request to CAS experts (see the end of the post).
Let $G$ be a finite group, and $V$ a finite-dimensional representation of $G$. The classical invariant theory of $G$ and ...

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### “Why” is every polynomial representation of SL(2) selfdual?

Given a field $K$ of characteristic $0$. It seems to me that every finite-dimensional polynomial representation of $\mathrm{SL}_2\left(K\right)$ is self-dual (i. e., isomorphic to its dual). In fact, ...

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### Is there an invariant theory explanation of the orbit structure of GL₂ acting on second-diagonal symmetric matrices by g∙X = gXJg^tJ ?

Statement of the Specific Result
Let $J$ denote the matrices with ones on the "second diagonal", meaning the diagonal between the (1,n) and (n,1) entry, and zeros elsewhere. So in the case $n=2$, ...

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### Polynomial invariants of the exceptional Weyl groups

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a simple complex Lie algebra, and let $\mathfrak{h} \subset \mathfrak{g}$ be a fixed Cartan subalgebra. Let $W$ be the Weyl group associated to $\mathfrak{g}$. Let ...

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### A relative Noether number for invariants

EDIT: Wrong definition of $\beta\left(G,H\right)$ fixed. One of the results is open (i. e., I cannot prove it).
In "Finite Groups and invariant theory" (a paper in Malliavin's LNM #1478 which can ...

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### When is the ring of invariants of a finite group generated by symplectic reflections a complete intersection ring?

Let V be a finite dimensional symplectic vector space over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $G$ be a finite subgroup of the symplectic group $Sp(V),$ which is
generated by symplectic reflections, i.e. by elements ...

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### How to compute the ring of invariants of SO_3(k) acting on a polynomial ring

Let $k$ be a field and let $A$ be the polynomial ring over $k$ in $3n$ variables: $A = k[X_{ij} \vert i=1,2,3 \quad j=1,2,\cdots,n]$.
${\rm SO}_3(k)$ acts on $A$ in the following way: Given $g \in ...

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### Geometric interpretation of characteristic polynomial

The coefficients of lowest and next-highest degree of a linear operator's characteristic polynomial are its determinant and trace. These have well-known geometric interpretations. But what about its ...

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### Chevalley–Shephard–Todd theorem

The wikipedia article claims that the theorem "was first proved by G. C. Shephard and J. A. Todd (1954) who gave a case-by-case proof. Claude Chevalley (1955) soon afterwards gave a uniform proof". I ...

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### Left U_n-invariants of SL_n - an exercise in Kraft-Procesi

I am sorry for spamming MO with questions I have not thought about for more than 3 hours, but currently I am quite busy with preparing a talk on representations of $S_n$, and I don't want these to get ...

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### Explicit invariants (under change of basis) of maps $V \to V \otimes V$.

It is standard to construct numbers associated to a linear transformation $f: V \to V$ of a finite-dimensional vector space which are invariant under change of basis. The coefficients of the ...

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### Subrings of rational functions invariant under change of sign

Let $R$ be a ring generated by $k$ rational functions in the
variables $x_1,...,x_n$ over the real numbers.
Is there an algorithm that computes a set of rational functions
$f_1,...,f_l \in R$ which ...

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### Invariant forms

Is there a classification of pairs $(\mathfrak g,V)$, with $\mathfrak g$ a Lie algebra and $V$ a $\mathfrak g$-module, such that $(\Lambda^3V)^{\mathfrak g}\neq0$?

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### Weyl group Invariants

What are the generators of $\mathbb C[V^m]^W$, where $W$ is the Weyl group
of type $E_6, E_7, E_8$, V^m denote 'm' (m > 1) copies of the Cartan subalgebra
and the action is the diagonal action?
Is ...

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### When Are Quotients Complete Intersections?

Let $S_{n}$ denote the permutation group on $n$ letters and $G\subset S_{n}$ a transitive subgroup. The inclusion of $G$ in $S_{n}$ defines an action of $G$ on $\mathbb{C}^{n}$. By finding a ...

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### Generalized symmetric algebras and Dickson algebras over ${\mathbb F}_p$.

Start with the really well-known fact that $R[x_1, \ldots, x_n]^{S_n}$, where $R$ is any commutative ring, is polynomial on elementary symmetric polynomials. Now consider the slight generalization of ...

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### Generalizing cosine rule to symmetric spaces

The sine and cosine rules for triangles in Euclidean, spherical and hyperbolic spaces can be understood as invariants for triples of lines. These invariants are given in terms of the distance (both ...

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### Is $Sym^n (V^*) \cong Sym^n (V)^\ast$ naturally in positive characteristic?

Background/motivation
It is a classical fact that we have a natural isomorphism $Sym^n (V^*) \cong Sym^n (V) ^\ast$ for vector spaces $V$ over a field $k$ of characteristic 0. One way to see this is ...

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### What is affine invariant used in computer vision?

Affine invariant for 4 coplanar points ABCD is said to be Area(ACD)/Area(ABC). Can somebody provide the proof of this means why is this invariant under affine ...

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### Resources on Invariant Theory

Hi,
So my question is pretty much summed up by the summary - basically I've run into a need to teach myself some of the basics of invariant theory and was looking for a good place to start. I'd ...