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When is $S_n \times S_m$ a subgroup of $S_p$?

I asked the following question on math.stackexchange several months ago: Let $n,m,p>1$ be such that $S_n \times S_m \hookrightarrow S_p$. Does it imply that $p \geq n+m$? Derek Holt gave a ...
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Order of products of elements in symmetric groups

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Is it true that for any $a, b, c \in \mathbb{N}$ satisfying $1 < a, b, c \leq n-2$ the symmetric group ${\rm S}_n$ has elements of order $a$ and $b$ whose product has order ...
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Does O'Nan-Scott depend on CFSG?

My question is in the title. Some context: there are two versions of the O'Nan-Scott theorem. The first, weaker version, is due to O'Nan and Scott (independently) and gives the structure of the ...
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Is there a way of canonically labelling permutation groups?

When working with large numbers of graphs, a canonical labelling routine is essential as, after the initial cost of canonically labelling each graph, it permits isomorphism checks to be replaced with ...
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Possible orders of products of 2 involutions which interchange disjoint residue classes of the integers

Definition / Question Definition: Let $r(m)$ denote the residue class $r+m\mathbb{Z}$, where $0 \leq r < m$. Given disjoint residue classes $r_1(m_1)$ and $r_2(m_2)$, let the class transposition ...
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Groups generated by 3 involutions

Let $r(m)$ denote the residue class $r+m\mathbb{Z}$, where $0 \leq r < m$. Given disjoint residue classes $r_1(m_1)$ and $r_2(m_2)$, let the class transposition $\tau_{r_1(m_1),r_2(m_2)}$ be the ...
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An easy proof that S(n) does not embed into A(n+1)?

Rotman's book An Introduction to the Theory of Groups (Fourth Edition) asks, on page 22, Exercise 2.8, to show that S(n) cannot be embedded in A(n+1), where S(n) = the symmetric group on n elements, ...
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partly obscured Rubik's cube

I just came back from a beach which features a large Rubik's cube (2m high). The base of the cube is not visible and the top is not coloured. The four vertical sides are each divided $3\times 3$ into ...
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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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Permutations of prescribed cycle types that multiply to the identity

Suppose that $\lambda_1,\lambda_2,\lambda_3$ are partititions of $n$. When do there exist permutations $\sigma_1,\sigma_2,\sigma_3 \in S_n$ such that (1) $\sigma_1\sigma_2\sigma_3$ is the identity; ...
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Vertex-primitive graphs with two vertices having almost the same neighbourhood

Hypothesis: Let $\Gamma$ be a vertex-primitive graph with two vertices $u$ and $v$ such that $$|N(u) \cap N(v)|=|N(v)|-1$$ Question: Is it true that $\Gamma$ must either be a complete graph or have ...
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Question about doubly transitive groups with an n-cycle

Let $G$ be a doubly transitive subgroup of $S_n$ which contains an $n$-cycle, and let $G_{12}$ be the subgroup of $G$ consisting of all elements $g\in G$ for which $g(1)=1$ and $g(2)=2$. Then ...
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Maximal subgroups of a certain finite 2-group

The following came up in a problem on reconstruction of digraphs. I determined enough about the answer to satisfy the application completely, but still I am curious to know what the complete solution ...
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Permutation character of the symmetric group on subsets of certain size

The symmetric group $S_n$ acts on $[n]:=\{1,\ldots,n\}$, thereby inducing an action on the set $$\wp_k(n)=\{\: A\subseteq[n] \::\: \#A=k \:\}$$ of subsets of cardinality $k$, simply by $$(g,A)\mapsto ...
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Two groups acting on a set.

Suppose we are given a set S of points on which two different groups G and G' (given by sets of generating permutations) act. Is there an efficient algorithm for finding generators the largest pair ...
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Generalization of Frobenius groups

Frobenius group is a transitive permutation group on a finite set, such that no non-trivial element fixes more than one point and some non-trivial element fixes a point. In other words, if in a ...
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Primitive, non-2-transitive groups with very large orbitals?

Let $G$ be a transitive permutation group on a set $X$ with $n$ elements. Assume that $G$ is primitive, i.e., $G$ preserves no non-trivial partition of $X$. Assume as well that $G$ is not ...
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Permutation Group Question

A question about permutation groups: I wonder if someone who is expert in permutation group theory could answer the following question. Let $x \in S_n$ (the symmetric group) be an involution which ...
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Permuting Racked Pool Balls with a Single Break

Given reasonable physical assumptions (on friction, collisions, etc.), would it be possible to "break" in a pool game such that when all the balls come to rest, the only difference is that the racked ...
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Counting the (additive) decompositions of a quadratic, symmetric, empty-diagonal and constant-line matrix into permutation matrices

Dear community, I have the following combinatorial question which I will explain in short first and then with some more detail. At the end you will find a very simple example. Short version Le $A ...
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How hard is it to compute the diameter and the growth function of a finite permutation group of small degree?

Let $G \leq {\rm S}_n$ be a finite permutation group, and let $S = \{g_1, \dots, g_k\}$ be a generating set for $G$ which is closed under inversion and which does not contain the identity. The growth ...
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Uniqueness of the direct product decomposition of inclusions of finite groups

This post is a generalization of Uniqueness of the direct product decomposition of finite groups. Here we look inclusions of finite groups $(H \subset G)$ instead of just finite groups. Definition: ...
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Information about permutation character from local action

Let $G$ be a finite permutation group acting transitively, but not regularly, on a set $V$. Let $H$ be the stabilizer of some point $v\in V$, and suppose that $H$ acts 2-transitively on one of its ...
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Transitive subgroup of $S_p$ containing a $p$-cycle and a double transposition

Let $p$ be a prime other than 5 or 7. Are $A_p$ and $S_p$ the only subgroups of $S_p$ that contains a $p$-cycle and a double transposition? As for $p = 5$, the dihedral group $D_{10}$ contains a ...
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polycirculant conjecture

By the polycirculant conjecture, every vertex-transitive graph is a polycirculant graph (D. Marusic 1981 and D. Jordan 1988). There are two papers that claim to prove this conjecture: 1. A. Golubchik, ...
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Maximal order of a metacyclic transitive permutation group of degree $n$

What is the maximal order $f(n)$ of a metacyclic (metacyclic group is the extension of a cyclic group by a cyclic group) transitive permutation group of degree $n$? It can be easily proved that ...
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Symplectic groups Sp_{2m}(2) as 2-transitive permutation (i.e. Galois) groups

Hello, I am looking for information about the symplectic groups $Sp_{2m}(2)$ as permutation group acting on quadratic forms. Consider the block matrices ...
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Generalization of a property of $A_n; n\geq 5$

Let $H$ and $K$ be two proper non-trivial subgroups of the alternating group $A_n; n\geq 5$. Then there exists a maximal subgroup $M$ of $A_n$ such that $H\not\leq M$ and $K\not\leq M$. To see this ...
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Doubly primitive groups with simple socle

The classification of doubly transitive groups with simple socle is known. A good account of such classification can be found for example in this paper: Cameron, Peter J. Finite permutation groups ...
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automorphisms of graphs and finite permutation groups

I am interested in automorphisms of graphs and in using tools from permutation groups (especially such as in Wielandt's text on finite permutation groups, which I have been studying). What are some ...
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Cardinals of transitive permutation groups acting on $\{1,\dots,n\}$

Is there a nice description of all divisors of $n!$ which can be realized as cardinals of permutation groups acting transitively on $\{1,\dots,n\}$? A necessary condition is of course that such a ...
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Palfy's theorem for nilpotent groups?

P. P. Palfy proved that a primitive solvable subgroup of $S_n$ has order bounded by $24^{-1/3} n^{3.24399\dots}$ (in: Pálfy, P. P. A polynomial bound for the orders of primitive solvable groups. J. ...
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Does this class of groups contain finitely generated infinite periodic groups?

Let $r(m)$ denote the residue class $r+m\mathbb{Z}$, where $0 \leq r < m$. Given disjoint residue classes $r_1(m_1)$ and $r_2(m_2)$, let the class transposition $\tau_{r_1(m_1),r_2(m_2)}$ be the ...
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Permutations with all cycles odd

I have recently needed to compute the number of permutations in $S_n$ with all cycles odd, and while this is easy using Flajolet-Sedgewick theory (the exponential generating function seems to be ...
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A conjecture on Zassenhaus groups

In a 1995 paper by Ali Nesin, "Permutation groups of finite Morley rank", the following conjecture is mentioned: Conjecture 5 An infinite Zassenhaus group $G$ of finite Morley rank is isomorphic ...
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Classification of generously transitive groups

A permutation group $G \lt S_n$ is called generously transitive, if for each $i,j$ there exists a permutation that interchanges them. Is there a reasonable classification of such (finite) groups?
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The number of orbits of a permutation action

Let $G$ be a finite group acting on a finite set $\Omega$. A general question is to determine the sequence $o_k(\Omega)$, where $o_k(\Omega)$ is the number of orbits on $G$ for the natural action of ...
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Minimum word length for an unusual set of generators of the symmetric group

Problem. Let $n\geq 2$ and let $T$ be the set of all permutations in $S_n$ of the form $$t_k:=\prod_{1\leq i\leq k/2}(i,k-i) \qquad \hbox{for $k=3,4,\ldots,n+1$}.$$ Find the least integer ...
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Alternative Definition of the Quantum Determinant?

Let $M_q(n)$ be the standard quantum matrices (over the complex numbers) with generators $u^i_j$ for $i,j = 1, \ldots ,N$, and reations $$ u^i_ju^k_j = qu^k_ju^i_j, \text{ for } i < k, ~~~~~~~ ...
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Permutation groups transitive on partitions into ordered pairs

The following came up in a problem on graph reconstruction. It isn't very important, but I thought some people here might find it interesting and not too trivial (I'm not a group theorist). Take a ...
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automorphism group of orbital graphs

Let $G$ be a transitive group on $\Omega$. Every orbits of $G$ on its natural action on $\Omega\times\Omega$ is called an orbital of $G$ on $\Omega$. For each orbital $\Delta$ of $G$ on $\Omega$, the ...
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What's the ratio of inclusions of finite groups with a distributive lattice?

Definition: Two inclusions of finite groups are equivalent, $(A \subset B) \sim (C \subset D)$, if: $(A/A_B \subset B/A_B) \simeq (C/C_D \subset D/C_D)$ with $A_B$ the normal core of $A$ in $B$. ...
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Double coset relation for unique intermediate subgroup (with homogeneity)

Let $G$ be a group and $H$ a subgroup such that there is a unique (non-trivial) intermediate subgroup $K$ (i.e. $H < S < G$ implies $S=K$) and $(H \subset K) \sim (K \subset G)$ (homogeneity) ...
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Largest permutation groups without “non-mixing” subgroups

We say that a subgroup of ${\rm Sym}(\mathbb{N})$ has sparse orbit representatives if it has infinitely many orbits on $\mathbb{N}$, but the set of smallest orbit representatives has natural density 0 ...
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Mclaughlin Graph

how can i construct a strongly regular graph with parameter $(275,112,30,56)$(Mclaughlin Graph), (105,32,4,12)? I need adjacency matrix of them? I know they are unique.
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Equivalence relations not associated with a group

This is a vague question; so vague that I wonder if anyone will get it. Many, perhaps most, equivalence relations that are regularly used in mathematics correspond to the orbits of some group action ...
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Classification of indecomposable inclusions $(H \subset G)$ with $G$ decomposable

Definition: A group $G$ is indecomposable if: $G = G_1 \times G_2 \Rightarrow \exists i \ G_i = 1$. We can generalize the notion of indecomposable from groups to inclusion of groups as ...
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Name for a certain kind of 'weakly primitive' permutation group

I have found it necessary to define the following property: Consider a finite set $X$ and a group $H$ of permutations of $X$. Suppose for every normal subgroup $K$ of $H$ that $K$ acts faithfully on ...
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When is the product of two permutations cyclic?

Call a subset $H \subset S_n$ "simple" if for every $q \in S_n$, there is some $p \in H$ such that $pq$ is cyclic (i.e. consists of a single cycle of length $n$). Is there some characterization known ...
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A section from subfactors to transitive groups

A finite group-subgroup subfactor is a subfactor $(N \subset M)$ isomorphic to $(R^G \subset R^H)$ with $(H \subset G)$ an inclusion of finite groups acting as outer automorphism on the hyperfinite ...