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Computing the Abelianization of an Automorphism Group

Setup: We are working in a Henselian local ring $(R, \mathfrak m, k)$ that way may assume is Cohen-Macaulay, admits a canonical module and is of finite type (so is an isolated singularity). Let ...
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What is the current status of the Kaplansky zero-divisor conjecture for group rings?

Let $K$ be a field and $G$ a group. The so called zero-divisor conjecture for group rings asserts that the group ring $K[G]$ is a domain if and only if $G$ is a torsion-free group. A couple of good ...
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Expressing a element of a Matrix subgroup in terms of subgroup generators

I'm no (computational) algebraist, and my searches have been pretty unyielding (probably due to the vast amounts written on the key words), but perhaps someone may know if this is possible, and if so, ...
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G = [G,G] with two generators

Is it true that groups $\langle a,b \mid a^n b^k=b^ka^{n+1}, b^la^s=a^sb^{l+1}\rangle$ are non-trivial for almost all (in any sense:))) $n,k,l,s\in\mathbb N$?
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A Non-Commutative Nullstellensatz

In studying presentations of pro-$p$-groups via generators and relations, one is led (via the so-called Magnus embedding) to questions involving power series in non-commuting variables. Results from ...