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Do these conditions on a semigroup define a group?

As is well known, if $S$ is a semigroup in which the equations $a=bx$ and $a=yb$ have solutions for all $a$ and $b$, then $S$ is a group. This question arose when someone misunderstood the conditions ...
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small extensions of the free semigroup of rank 1

Let N denote the free semigroup of rank 1. Say that a semigroup T is a small extension of N if N embeds in T and |T - N| is finite. Is there some kind of classification of small extensions of N? ...
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Is the semigroup M(n, Z) finitely presented? If so, where can I find a presentation of it?

I am new to semigroup research, so I apologize if this is an easy question.
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Relations in matrix semigroups

Suppose that $A_1, \dots, A_k \in M_n(\mathbb{Q})$ and $S$ is the semigroup generated by them. Two questions: are there always a finite set of relations $\{R_i\}$ among the $A_j$ such that $S$ is ...
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Wants: Polynomial Time Algorithm for Decomposing a Multiset of Rationals into Two Additive Subsets.

First, allow me to say that this problem was posed to me by a professor in the department. It is related to his research in a way that I do not know. However, since I couldn't come up with anything ...
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Normality of an affine semigroup

An affine monoid is a finitely generated commutative submonoid of $\mathbb Z^k$ for some positive integer k. Let S be an affine monoid and let G(S) be the group generated by S. We say the monoid S is ...
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Representations of finite commutative band semigroups

I think it's clear that commutative semigroups S that are also bands, i.e. $e^2 = e$ for all e, correspond to finite posets (consider the elements of the semigroups as sets, where the intersection of ...
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References/literature for pushouts in category of commutative monoids? [ed. - amalgams]

This is more of a request for pointers to relevant literature than a question per se. I am, erm, looking at a paper which uses a kind of iterated pushout construction to obtain a commutative monoid ...
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Examples of left reversible semigroups

I am looking for concrete examples of cancellative, left reversible semigroups. Left reversible semigroups are also called "Ore semigroups". See this wikipedia page for the definition of a left ...
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One-parameter semigroups of bimodules

Suppose M is a von Neumann algebra. Consider a monoidal category of bimodules over M. Here a bimodule is a Hilbert space with two normal representations of M. The monoidal structure is given by ...