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Embedding a linearly ordered free monoid into a linearly ordered group

A linearly ordered (shortly, l.o.) monoid is a triple $\mathbb M = (M, \cdot, \le)$ for which $(M, \cdot)$ is a (multiplicatively written) monoid and $\le$ is a total order on $M$ such that $xy < ...
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Concatenation of strings [closed]

We have two strings (i. e., finite tuples) $A$ and $B$. We have to find if for some positive integers $n$ and $m$, the string $A$ concatenated $n$ times equals the string $B$ concatenated $m$ times or ...
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1answer
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Monoids and groups of fractions

Let $G$ be a group containing a monoid $M$ that spans $G$ as a group. Is it possible to have a proper quotient $\varphi \colon G \to Q$ of $G$ such that the restriction of $\varphi$ to $M$ is ...
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Progress on group languages characterizations

Def. A group language is a recognizable language whose syntactic monoid is a group. q1. Is it known a "nice" combinatorial characterization of group languages ? q1.1. If no, is it well understood ...
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Semiring naturally associated to any monoid?

For any monoid $M$, we can naturally construct a semiring $S$ as follows: Let the additive monoid of $S$ be the free commutative monoid on $M$ Let the multiplicative monoid of $S$ be $M$ Then, if ...
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Duality between conjugacy classes and irreducible characters for finite monoids?

Qiaochu's answer to this question suggests that the proper way to view the bijection between conjugacy classes and irreducible complex representations of a finite group is via a duality. My question ...
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Mapping from a finite index subgroup onto the whole group

Dear All, here is the question: Does there exist a finitely generated group $G$ with a proper subgroup $H$ of finite index, and an (onto) homomorphism $\phi:G\to G$ such that $\phi(H)=G$? My guess ...
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What is the pro-algebraic completion of the free semigroup on one generator?

This question is motivated by an attempt to understand what is going on in Tom's post from a certain point of view. Let $\mathbb N^+$ be the free semigroup on one generator (so the positive natural ...
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Is the following construction of the 0-Hecke monoid (well) known?

Let W be a Coxeter group with Coxeter generators S. The corresponding 0-Hecke monoid H(W) has generating set S, the braid relations of W and the relations that each element of S is an idempotent. If ...
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1answer
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submonoid of a matrix monoid with a common eigenvector

Hello, I am considering two real invertible $3\times 3$ matrices $A$ and $B$ and a nonzero vector $v\in\mathbb{R}^3$ and i am wondering if the submonoid $E$ of the monoid $(A,B)$ genererated by $A$ ...
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Why semigroups could be important?

There is known a lot about the use of groups -- they just really appear a lot, and appear naturally. Is there any known nice use of semigroups in Maths to sort of prove they are indeed important in ...
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Adding a formal inverse of an element to a free monoid

Let $FM_2=\langle a,b\rangle$ be the free monoid of rank 2. If we add a formal inverse to the word $aba$, we get the free group $F_2$ (because both $a$ and $b$ will have inverses). Question: For ...
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What is the relation between the number syntactic congruence classes, and the number of Nerode relation classes?

For a monoid $M$ and a subset $S$ of $M$, define the syntactic congruence $\equiv_S$ of $S$ as the least congruence on $M$ that saturates $S$, i.e. : $$u \equiv_S v \Leftrightarrow (\forall x, y)[xuy ...
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Torsors for monoids

Torsors are defined as a special kind of group action. I am wondering whether the analogous notion exists for monoid actions. Some references would be helpful. In general I'm interesting in the ...
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Computing the structure of the group completion of an abelian monoid, how hard can it be?

Cherry Kearton, Bayer-Fluckiger and others have results that say the monoid of isotopy classes of smooth oriented embeddings of $S^n$ in $S^{n+2}$ is not a free commutative monoid provided $n \geq 3$. ...