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### Profinite groups, directed sets and $H^1$

Usually whenever one reads the definition of profinite group, one starts with an ordered set $I$ which is directed, meaning that for every $i,j\in I$ there is some $k\in I$ such that $i\leq k$ and ...

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### Applications of Lubotzky's linearity theorem?

Lubotzky's theorem is a necessary and sufficient set of conditions for a finitely generated discrete group to be linear, i.e. isomorphic to a subgroup of $GL_n(K)$, where $K$ is a field of ...

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### dense subgroup in pro v topology

Let $V$ be a extension closed pseudovariety. The pro-$V$ topology on a group $G$ is the unique group topology such that the set of normal subgroups $N$ with $G/N$ in $V$ is a fundamental system of ...

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### Independence of inverse system to define continuous cohomology for profinite groups

I have a problem concerning cohomology of profinite groups as it is defined e.g. in Gille's and Szamuely's "Central Simple Algebras and Galois Cohomology" on page 86.
For a profinite group ...

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### A discrete presentation for a free prop-$p$-group

Let $n\geq 1$ be an integer and $p$ a prime. Suppose that $\mathcal{F}(n,p)$ is the free prop-p-group of rank $n$.
Question: For each pair $(n,p)$, is it known a discrete free group $\mathfrak{F}$ ...

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### pro-p dense subgroup in the free group

Let $G_p$ be pseudovariety of all finite $p$-group. The pro-$p$ topology on a group $G$ is the unique group topology such that the set of normal subgroups $N$ with $G/N$ in $G_p$ is a fundamental ...

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### Avoiding countable subgroups of a group homeomorphic to the Cantor space

The following question is motivated by the paper
[Brian, Mislove, Every compact group can have a non-measurable subgroup].
A positive solution to a variation of the following problem implies a ...

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### pro-p topology on a free group

James Howie in the paper "The p-adic topology on a free group:a counterexample" showed that in the free group $F$ generated by $x$ and $y$,if $a=xy^2$, $b_1=x^{-2}y^{-3}$ and $b_2=x^{-2}(xy)^5$, then ...

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### Avoiding countable subgroups of general uncountable groups

The following problem is a general form of another problem (motivation is available there). Initially, the problems were posted together, but the first one is solved below, a solution that does not ...

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### Finite quotients of an infinite product of finite groups

Let $G$ be a finite group.
Consider the direct product $\Gamma=\prod_{i=1}^{\infty}G$ of (countably) infinitely many copies of $G$. For every finite set of numbers $\{i_1,\ldots,i_n\}$ we have the ...

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### Subgroups of powers of the alternating group on 5 elements

Definition: Let $G$ be a group, and let $H \leq G$ be a subgroup. We say that $H$ is big in $G$ if for every intermediate subgroup $H \leq L \leq G$ there exists some $x \in L$ such that $\langle H ...

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### Monadicity of profinite algebras

We can show that the category of profinite algebras, cofiltered limits of finite algebras, is monadic over Stone spaces as follows. So, I wonder if there are any other examples.
In case that I was ...

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### Is the Frattini subgroup of a f.g virtually pro-p group open?

Let $G$ be a finitely generated profinite group, and $p$ a prime number. Suppose that there exists some open pro-$p$ subgroup $H \leq_o G$. Must $G$ have only finitely many maximal open subgroups?
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### A galois group is topologically finitely generated or finitely generated as a $\mathbb{Z}_p$-module

The basic set up is the following:
Let $K$ be a number field. let $p$ be an odd prime. Let $\Sigma_p$ be the set of primes of $K$ lying above $p$. Let $M$ be the composite of all finite $p$-extensions ...

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### Dense subgroups in subgroups of profinite groups

Let $G$ be a finitely generated residually finite group and $\hat G$ its profinite completion.
Then for all $g\in \hat G$ we have $gGg^{-1}\leq \hat G$ is dense.
Suppose that $H\leq \hat G$ is a ...

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### finite approximation equation on free group

An equation in a free group $F$ is an identity of the form $W(x_1,..,x_n,a_1,...a_n)=1$ where $x_1,...,x_n$ are variables, $a_1,...,a_n$ free generators of $F$ and $W$ a word in the free group on ...

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### Is there a better rank bound for fibered products?

Let $G$ be a profinite group of rank $d \geq 2015$, which is a fibered product of two groups of rank at most $2$. That is, there exist closed normal subgroups $N_1, N_2 \lhd_c G$ with $N_1 \cap N_2 = ...

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### Must a group of defficiency > 1 be nonabelian?

Let $F$ be a free group of finite rank $n > 2$, and let $S \subseteq F$ be a subset of cardinality at most $n-2$. Denote by $S^F$ the normal subgroup of $F$ generated by $S$. Must $F/S^F$ be ...

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### Finite generation and profinite completion

Let $G$ be a (countable) residually finite group whose profinite completion is topologically finitely generated. Must $G$ be finitely generated?

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### What is the kernel of the map $Out(\widehat{F_2})\rightarrow GL_2(\widehat{\mathbb{Z}})$?

Let $F_2$ be the free group on two generators, and $\widehat{F_2}$ its profinite completion. Let $Out(\widehat{F_2})$ be the outer automorphism group of $\widehat{F_2}$, ie, $Out(\widehat{F_2}) = ...

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### Pro-G_p*G_q topology, profinite topology

Let $W=G_p*G_q$, where $G_p$ and $G_q$ are pseudovarieties of
all finite $p$-groups and all finite $q$-groups respectively, with $p$ and $q$ fixed prime numbers. The pro-$W$ topology on a group $G$ is ...

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### pseudovarieties and profinite group : do * and g() commute?

Let $V$ and $W$ be pseudovarieties of finite monoids. We denote with $gV$ the pseudovariety of categories generated by $V$, and by $V*W$ the semidirect product of pseudovarieties $V$ and $W$.
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### Profinite topology

For a distance fixed prime numbers $p$ and $q$, let $G_p$, $G_q$ and $Sl$ the pseudovarieties of all finite $p$-group, $q$-group and semilattices respectively. Dose the following equality hold?
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### Profinite Topology

Let $V$ and $W$ be pseudovarieties of finite groups. For a finite inverse monoid $M$, the $V$-kernel of $M$ is defined to be the intersection of all sets $f^{−1}(1)$, $f$ is a relational morphism ...

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### Pro-p topology on free group

Let $H$ be a finitely generated subgroup of the free group $F(A)$ and $G_P$ the pseudovariety of all finite $p$-group with $p$ fixed prime number. We endow $F(A)$ with the pro-$G_p$ topology. Suppose ...

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### Nonabelian topological fundamental group of a conjugate variety

Let $X$ be a pointed algebraic variety over the field of complex numbers $\mathbb{C}$.
Let $\pi_1^{\rm top}(X)$ and $\pi_1^{\mathrm{\acute{e}t}}(X)$ denote the topological and the étale fundamental ...

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### Adeles and twisted adeles

Let $\mu_n$ denote the group of $n$-th roots of unity in ${\mathbb{C}}$, i.e., $\mu_n=\ker[{\mathbb{C}}^*\overset{n}{\longrightarrow}{\mathbb{C}}^*]$.
We set
$$ \mu=\varinjlim_n \mu_n\subset ...

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### Improvements of the Reidemeister-Schreier index formula for particular classes of groups

I have a couple of questions regarding possible improvements of the Reidemeister-Schreier index formula: let $G$ be a $d$-generated group and let $H$ be a subgroup of $G$, then
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### Is the absolute Galois group of the rationals Hopfian?

Is every continuous epimorphism from the absolute Galois group of $\mathbb{Q}$ to itself injective?

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### Is there a Noetherian profinite group of infinite rank?

Is there a profinite group $G$ such that any closed subgroup $H \leq G$ is finitely generated, but there is no $n \in \mathbb{N}$ such that every closed subgroup of $G$ can be generated by at most $n$ ...

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### Torsion in profinite groups

Is there a finitely generated profinite group $G$ with a closed subgroup of infinite index $K \leq G$ such that for every $g \in G$ there exists some $n \in \mathbb{N}$ for which $g^n \in K$ ?
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### Do free profinite groups satisfy Howson's theorem?

Let $F$ be a free profinite group, and let $A,B \leq F$ be finitely generated closed subgroups. Must $A \cap B$ be finitely generated?

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### Free profinite products

Let $F$ be a nonabelian finitely generated free profinite group, and let $x \in F$. Must there be some $1 \neq y \in F$ such that $\langle x,y \rangle$ is isomorphic to the free profinite product of ...

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### Is a finitely generated subgroup of a free profinite group virtually a retract?

Let $F$ be a nonabelian finitely generated free profinite group, and let $H \leq F$ be a finitely generated closed subgroup. Must there be some open subgroup $H \leq U \leq F$, and a closed normal ...

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### continuous homomorphism with open image in a product topological space

I originally posted the problem below in MathSE, but I deleted it since it is not receiving any attention. So I decided to transfer the question here instead.
Let $G$ be a profinite group and $I$ ...

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### Schreier's formula and supersolvable groups

A finitely generated profinite group $G$ is said to satisfy Schreier's formula if for every open subgroup $L \leq_o G$ we have $d(L) = (d(G)-1)[G:L] + 1$. Here $d$ stands for the smallest cardinality ...

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### Can a profinite completion be free pro-p?

Is there a prime number $p$ and a finitely generated residually finite group whose profinite completion is a free pro-$p$ group on a nonempty finite set?
Thanks to YCor we see that we cannot take the ...

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### A hyperbolic group with a small profinite completion

Is there a finitely generated non-elementary word hyperbolic group the profinite completion of which is known (or conjectured) to be rather restricted, that is: abelian, pro-$p$, virtually ...

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### Growth of the number of generators in hyperbolic groups

Let $G$ be an infinite hyperbolic group, and let us further assume that it is residually finite (or even LERF/GFERF) so that we have plenty of subgroups of finite index.
I would like to know if one ...

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### Measuring products of finitely generated subgroups of free groups

Let $F$ be a finitely generated free group, $H_1, \dots, H_n$ finitely generated subgroups of infinite index in $F$, and $\epsilon > 0$. Must there be an epimorphism to a finite group $\phi \colon ...

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### Can a positive measure subset of a free group be nowhere dense?

Let $F$ be a finitely generated free group and let $S \subseteq F$ be a subset for which there is some $\epsilon > 0$ such that for any epimorphism to a finite group $\phi \colon F \to G$ we have ...

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### Is there a left orderable profinite group?

Is there a profinite group $G$ with a binary transitive relation $<$ such that for any different $x,y \in G$ either $x < y$ or $y < x$ and such that for any $x,y,z \in G$ we have that $x < ...

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### Is there a nontrivial profinite word which is trivial in any group with at most d generators?

Let $F$ be a free profinite group of rank $\aleph_0$, and let $d \in \mathbb{N}$.
Let $N_d \lhd_c F$ be the intersection of all open normal subgroups $L \lhd_o F$ for which $F/L$ can be generated by ...

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### Exhausting a free pro-p group

Recall that for a profinite group $G$ we define the subgroup rank to be $$\sup \{d(H): H \leq_c G\}$$ where $d(H)$ stands for the minimal cardinality of a set of topological generators of $H$.
Let ...

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### A Karrass-Solitar or Ivanov-Schupp for profinite groups

Let $F$ be a nonabelian free profinite group, $H \leq_c F$ finitely generated with $[F:H] = \infty$. Must there be some $\{1\} \neq N \lhd_c F$ such that $N \cap H = \{1\}$?

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### Thin profinite groups - nonabelian analogues of p-adic integers

Let $p$ be a prime number, $S = C_p$ a cyclic group of order $p$, $G = \mathbb{Z}_p$ the profinite additive group of $p$-adic integers. It is well known that all the closed nontrivial subgroups of $G$ ...

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### discrete group cohomology vs continuous group cohomology for profinite groups

Let $G$ be a profinite group and $M$ be a finite $G$-module. I can compute the cohomology of $G$ with coefficients in $M$ either as a topological group or as a discrete group. There is an obvious map ...

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### An epimorphism into a profinite group

Let $p$ be an odd prime number, $G$ a finitely generated nonabelian profinite group, $L \lhd_o G$ a pro-$p$ group with $[G : L] = 2$. Suppose that there is a continuous surjection from $G$ onto a free ...

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### Bases for free pro-p groups

Let $p$ be a prime number, $F$ a free nonabelian finitely generated pro-$p$ group, $L \lhd_o F$ and $Y$ a basis for $L$ with $y \in Y$. Is there a basis $X$ for $F$ such that $y$ is in the abstract ...

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### Dense free subgroups

Let $F$ be a free pro-$p$ group (for a prime number $p$) on a finite set $X$, $\Phi$ the abstract subgroup generated by $X$, $\{1\} \neq N \lhd_c F$. Is it possible that $\Phi \cap N = \{1\}$?