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3 update: what about _all_ operations (not just one from example)

Suppose a group G acts on a chain complex K and induced action on H(K) is trivial. What "secondary operations" on H(K) can be defined in this situation?

Example. If $G=\langle\sigma\rangle/\sigma^n$ acts trivially on H(K) then $x-\sigma x=dl(x)$ (for some function $l$) and a secondary operation $x\mapsto l(x)+\sigma l(x)+\dots+\sigma^{n-1}l(x)$ is well-defined mod n. And this operation is non-trivial (consider a complex $Z[G]\to Z[G]$, $x\mapsto (1-\sigma)x$).

So looks like these operations has something to do with group homology, but details elude me.

Update. Two nice answers explain what is the meaning of the operation from the example above (and how it can be defined for an arbitrary group).

But does this construction give all operations? I.e. what structure on H(K) one needs to recover K (up to q/iso)? Like,

• associative multiplication on K $\Leftrightarrow$ $A_\infty$-structure on H(K);
• G-action on K $\Leftrightarrow$ ??? on H(K).

(Perhaps, there is a very general answer: not just for k[G] but for an arbitrary algebra or even arbitrary operad, maybe. Probably, Tyler Lawson's comment is relevant if somebody could elaborate on that...)

2 small error in def. of the operation

Suppose a group G acts on a chain complex K and induced action on H(K) is trivial. What "secondary operations" on H(K) can be defined in this situation?

Example. If $G=\langle\sigma\rangle/\sigma^n$ acts trivially on H(K) then $x-\sigma x=dl(x)$ (for some function $l$) and a secondary operation $x\mapsto l(x)+l(\sigma x)+\dots+l(\sigma^{n-1}x)$ l(x)+\sigma l(x)+\dots+\sigma^{n-1}l(x)$is well-defined mod n. And this operation is non-trivial (consider a complex$Z[G]\to Z[G]$,$x\mapsto (1-\sigma)x$). So looks like these operations has something to do with group homology, but details elude me. 1 # "Secondary operations" for a group acting on a chain complex Suppose a group G acts on a chain complex K and induced action on H(K) is trivial. What "secondary operations" on H(K) can be defined in this situation? Example. If$G=\langle\sigma\rangle/\sigma^n$acts trivially on H(K) then$x-\sigma x=dl(x)$(for some function$l$) and a secondary operation$x\mapsto l(x)+l(\sigma x)+\dots+l(\sigma^{n-1}x)$is well-defined. And this operation is non-trivial (consider a complex$Z[G]\to Z[G]$,$x\mapsto (1-\sigma)x\$).

So looks like these operations has something to do with group homology, but details elude me.