# Questions tagged [finite-groups]

Questions on group theory which concern finite groups.

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### How to make Burnside's formula compatible with point counting for varieties over finite fields?

If $G$ is a finite group acting on a finite set $X$, we have Burnside's formula that counts the number of orbits $|X/G|$ as: $$|X/G| = \frac1{|G|} \sum_{g\in G} |X^g|,$$ with $X^g$ being the set of ...
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### Second homology group of a presentation complex

I am trying to learn results related to the presentation complex of a group and I am new to this subject. So I apologize if the questions are silly. Given a finite group $G$, and a presentation $P$ of ...
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### Is this class of groups already in the literature or specified by standard conditions?

In recent work Lifting $N_\infty$ operads from conjugacy data on homotopical combinatorics / $N_\infty$ operads in equivariant homotopy theory, collaborators Scott Balchin, Ethan MacBrough, and I ...
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### Endo reversible words

Let $w$ be a word in free group $F$ on finitely many generators. We will look at $w$ as word map on groups. It is clear that there exists an endomorphism $\phi$ of $F$ such that $\phi(w) = w^{-1}$ if ...
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### "Novelty" maximal subgroups in $S_n$

What are the maximal subgroups $M < S_n$ such that $M \cap A_n$ is not maximal in $A_n$? Maximal subgroups of $S_n$ are described by the O'Nan-Scott theorem and very extensively studied in many ...
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### Finite 2-groups with $(ab)^{2}=(ba)^{2}$

There exist nonabelian finite 2-groups $G$ with the property $(A2)$ : for every $a,b\in G$, $(ab)^{2}=(ba)^{2}$. An example of a such group is given by the quaternion group $Q_{8}$ of order 8. Is ...
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### Groups of orders $7!$ and $\frac{7!}{2}$

In our research, we need to know that whether every group $G$ of order $2520 = 2^3 \cdot 3^2 \cdot 5 \cdot 7=\frac{7!}{2}$ or $5040 = 2^4 \cdot 3^2 \cdot 5 \cdot 7=7!$ has a proper subgroup non-...
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### Splitting of a finite group with no abelian subfactor in composition series

Let $G$ be a finite group with no abelian subfactor in its composition series. Is $G$ obtained from simple groups by iterating semidirect products? (Initially it was asked whether $G$ is a direct ...
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### Finite groups whose polynomials share two common properties with polynomials on commutative groups

This question is motivated by (some available information on) this MO-problem on the largest possible degree of a polynomial on a finite group and this MO-problem on the degree of the constant ...
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### The degree of a constant polynomial on a finite group

A function $f:X\to X$ on a group $X$ is called a polynomial if there exists $n\in\mathbb N=\{1,2,\dots\}$ and elements $a_0,a_1,\dots,a_n\in X$ such that $f(x)=a_0xa_1x\cdots xa_n$ for all $x\in X$. ...
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### Prime divisors of nonabelian simple group and of its outer automorphism group

Let $G$ be a finite nonabelian simple group. Write $\mathrm{Out}(G)$ the outer automorphism group of $G$. For a finite group $H$, let $\pi(H)$ be the prime divisors of the order of $H$. By check the ...
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### Polyextremal groups

A polynomial of a semigroup $X$ is a function $f:X\to X$ of the form $f(x)=a_0xa_1\cdots xa_n$, where $a_0,a_1,\dots,a_n$ some elements of the semigroup $X^1=X\cup\{1\}$, called the coefficients of ...
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### Length of representation of $GL_n(\mathbb{F}_q)$ in functions on Grassmannian

Let $G=GL_n(\mathbb{F}_q)$ be the (finite) group of all linear invertible transformations of the vector space $(\mathbb{F}_q)^n$ over the finite field $\mathbb{F}_q$. $G$ acts naturally on the ...
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### $2^2 \cdot U_6(2)$ and $2^2.2^{1+20}U_6(2)$ in $\mathbb{M}$

In the first diagram of this paper, there are conjugacy classes of subgroups of the Monster group which are labeled $2^2 \cdot U_6(2)$ and $2^2.2^{1+20}U_6(2)$, respectively. Can subgroups in the ...
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### Investigating the structure of a group algebra via the derived subgroup

It is well known that each element in the special linear group $\mathrm{SL}_n(\mathbb{H})$ over the real quaternion division ring with $n\geq1$ is a single multiplicative commutator. I am particularly ...
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### Which finite groups have low-degree essential cohomology?

Let $G$ be a finite group, $A$ some coefficients (e.g. $A = \mathbb{F}_2$ or $\mathbb{Z}$), and write $\mathrm{H}^\bullet_{\mathrm{gp}}(G; A)$ for the (ordinary) group cohomology of $G$ with ...
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### Number of ways to write a group element as a product of generators

Let $G$ be a finite group generated by some finite set $S = \{g_1, g_2, ...\} \subseteq G$. Let $h \in G$ be some element. Let the function $c_n: G \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ be defined that $c_n(h)$ is ...
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### Quotient of $\mathbb P^n$ by the symmetric group $S_{n+1}$

The projective space ${\mathbb P}^n$ of dimension $n$ over a field (let's take $\mathbb C$ for simplicity) can be viewed as the space of homogeneous coordinates $[x_0:\cdots :x_n]$ in the $n+1$ ...
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### Large subsets of groups with no solution to linear equations

Is there a (sequence of finite nonabelian) group(s) $G$ and a (sequence of corresponding) subset(s) $S \subseteq G$, $|S| = |G|^{1-o(1)}$, such that there is no solution to $xy^{-1}z = zy^{-1}x$ with ...
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### What are the indecomposable modules over $\mathbb{F}_2(C_2\times C_2)$?

Let $C_2$ be the cyclic group of order $2$ and $\mathbb{F}_2$ the field with $2$ elements. Consider the group algebra $A:= \mathbb{F}_2 (C_2\times C_2)$. It is well-known that $A$ has infinite ...
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### Conjugacy classes of $PSL_2(11)$ and $PGL_2(11)$ in $Aut(HN)$

How many conjugacy classes each of $PSL_2(11)$ and $PGL_2(11)$ subgroups are contained in the automorphism group of the Harada-Norton group?
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### Is a point stabilizer in the Mathieu group $M_{20}$ half-transitive?

The background: We recall/define the following: $\Omega_n=\{1,\dots,n\}$. $M_n$ is the Mathieu group of degree $n$. We follow the Wikipedia article "Mathieu group" and define these groups ...
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