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### Who classified varieties that are commutative groups?

Who are the authors of the theorems asserting that connected varieties/manifolds which are abelian groups are isomorphic to ${\bf R}^k \times {\bf T}^n$? In the smooth setting, I guess this is due to ...
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### A conjecture on circular permutations of n elements in an abelian group of odd order

In 2013 I formulated the following conjecture in additive combinatorics. Conjecture. Let $G$ be an additive abelian group of odd order, and let $A$ be a subset of $G$ with $|A|=n>2$. Then, there is ...
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### Can all proper sublattices of $\mathbb{Z}^n$ be generated cyclically?

Let $\Lambda \subset \mathbb{Z}^n$ be a proper sublattice (so that $\Lambda \ne \mathbb{Z}^n$). We say that $\Lambda$ is cyclically generated if there exists a matrix $M \in \text{GL}_n(\mathbb{Z})$ ...
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### If $A, B$ are abelian groups such that $\mathrm{Hom}(A, G) \cong \mathrm{Hom}(B, G)$ for all abelian groups $G$, must $A$ and $B$ be isomorphic?

The question is in the title. If the isomorphism $\mathrm{Hom}(A, G) \cong \mathrm{Hom}(B, G)$ is natural in $G$ then this is just the Yoneda Lemma. If $A$ and $B$ are finitely generated this is also ...
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### Can one turn finite-dimensional vector subspaces into a cancellative semigroup?

Let $V$ be a vector space over some field and let ${\rm Fin}\,V$ be the family of all finite-dimensional subspaces of $V$. Is it possible to turn ${\rm Fin}\,V$ into an commutative cancellative ...
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### Hales' generalization of the stacked bases theorem (seeking a proof)

In his paper Analogues of the stacked bases theorem, published in the proceedings of a 1976 conference, A.W. Hales claimed some interesting generalizations of the stacked bases theorem for abelian ...
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### Abelian groups and their subgroups

It is well known that every finite abelian group is a direct product of cyclic groups. So for every $n$ every finite abelian group of exponent $n$ is a direct product of cyclic groups of order at most ...
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### Irreducible non-Abelian subgroup of $\mathrm{U}_n(\mathbb{C})$, containing diagonal matrices

Consider an irreducible non-Abelian subgroup $\mathrm{H}$ of group of unitary matrices $\mathrm{U}_n(\mathbb{C})$, that contains the subgroup of diagonal matrices. Does there exist any result ...
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### A $\mathsf{ZF}$ example of a nonreflexive group which is isomorphic to its double dual?

Given a group $G$ denote by $G^\ast=\mathrm{Hom}(G,\Bbb Z)$ its dual and by $j\colon G\to G^{\ast\ast}$ the canonical homomorphism $g\mapsto (f\mapsto f(g))$. A group is reflexive iff $j$ is an ...
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### When is every element of a coend of abelian groups contained in one of the summands?

Let $I$ be a small category and let $D : I^{\mathrm{op}} \times I \to \mathsf{Ab}$ be a functor. The coend $$\int^{i \in I} D(i,i)$$ can be constructed as the direct sum $\bigoplus_{i \in I} D(i,i)$ ...
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### Pure (ordered) subgroups

Let $H,G$ be abelian groups with $H \leq G$. We say that $H$ is a pure subgroup of $G$ if for every $n \in \mathbb N$ and $h \in H$ the following holds: If $h$ is $n$-divisible in $G$, then $h$ is $n$-...
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### Finite-by-torsion-free abelian groups (or compact abelian groups with finitely many components)

Here's a question I should know the answer to but don't: Suppose $1\to F \to G \to G/F \to 1$ is a short exact sequence of abelian groups with $F$ finite and $G/F$ torsion-free. Must the sequence ...
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### What are the almost periodic functions on the complex plane?

The almost periodic functions on the real line can be characterized as uniform limits of trigonometric functions. I was wondering whether a similar definition exists on the complex plane (a locally ...
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### Non-torsion part of the abelianisation of congruence subgroups

I've posted this question on math.stackexchange, but haven't gotten any responses so I'm trying here instead. Let $A = F_q[T]$ be the ring of polynomials in one variable with coefficients in a finite ...
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### Finite dimensional compact abelian group that is not a product of connected and a totally disconnected

Let $G$ be a compact abelian group. A compact abelian group is said to have dimension $n$ if $\dim_\mathbb{Q} \mathbb{Q}\otimes \hat G = n$. Equivalently one can show that this holds if $G$ is ...
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### How nearly abelian are nilpotent groups?

It is not uncommon to read that "nilpotent groups are 'close to abelian'."1,2 Can this sentiment be made precise in the sense of the Turán and Erdős definition of "the probability that two elements of ...
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### Inverse limit of $p^n$-torsion abelian groups

Let $p$ be a prime and let $\{A_n\}_{n > 0}$ be an inverse limit of abelian groups such that $A_n$ is $p^n$-torsion with $A_n/p^{n - 1} \cong A_{n - 1}$ (these isomorphisms are part of the data). ...
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### On the laplacian of connected, undirected, multigraphs without loops

Let $G$ be a connected, undirected multigraph, without loops. Let $L_G = D_G - A_G$, where $D_G= diag (val (v_1), \ldots , val (v_n) )$ where $n$ is the no. of vertices of $G$ and $val (v_i)$ ...
For certain subcategories of LCA groups, we have nice descriptions of the dual category under Pontryagin duality (all groups are implicitly assumed to be abelian): finite groups $\leftrightarrow$ ...