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Large scale properties of groups; growth functions; Dehn functions; small cancellation properties; hyperbolicity and CAT(0); actions and representations; combinatorial group theory; presentations

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Some questions on a paper of Baumslag and Solitar

I was recently trying taking a look at the paper "Some two-generator one-relator non-hopfian groups" by Baumslag and Solitar where they introduce the groups now known as the Baumslag-Solitar ...
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Geometric intuition behind Garside's paper?

I apologize in advance for a somewhat wishy-washy question. I just read the paper "The Braid Group and Other Groups" by F. A. Garside in which he solves the conjugacy problem for the braid ...
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Uniqueness of stationary measures for $(G,\mu)$ boundaries

Let $G$ be a countable group acting minimally by homeomorphisms on a compact Hausdorff space $X$ and $\mu$ be a probability measure on $G$ whose support generates $G$ as a semigroup. Let $\nu$ is a $\...
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Is the function $k(g,h) = \frac{1}{1+\lvert gh^{-1}\rvert}$ positive definite?

Let $G$ be a finite group, $S \subset G$ a generating set, closed under taking inverses, and $\lvert\cdot\rvert$ the word length with respect to this set $S$. Question. Is the function $k(g,h) = \...
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Ping pong with parabolic isometries on Gromov hyperbolic spaces

For a group $G$ with a non-elementary general type action by isometries on a Gromov hyperbolic geodesic space $(X,d)$, it is well known that you can construct free subgroups of $G$ via the ping pong ...
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Can a lacunary hyperbolic group be Liouville?

While discussing with a colleague of a possible use of lacunary hyperbolic elementarily amenable groups introduced by Olshanskii, Osin & Sapir, it occurred to me that I was not aware whether ...
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Are two quasi-isometric, isomorphic on large enough balls, transitive graphs isomorphic?

Take two transitive graphs $X,Y$ (potentially directed and edge-labelled, e.g. Cayley graphs). Assume $X,Y$ are quasi-isometric with constant $K$, i.e. there exists a function $f:VX \to VY$ ($VX,\,VY$ ...
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Infinite oscillation of minimum word length in 2-generated group

Let $G$ be a group with generators $a, b\in G$. Define $\mathrm{len}:G\to\mathbb{Z}_{\geq 0}$ by sending $g$ to the minimum length of a word in $a, b, a^{-1}, b^{-1}$ equal to $g$. Assume that for all ...
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Membership to double cosets in free groups

Is there an elementary and efficient algorithm for testing the membership to a double coset of f.g. subgroups in a free group? Has this membership problem been implemented in GAP/Magma? More ...
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Is it possible for a finitely generated group to have polynomial growth rate with leading coefficient less than 1?

I'm quite a neophyte in this area, so apologies if this question is easy. (I've edited slightly to make my question more clear.) I've been trying to learn about growth rates for finitely generated ...
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Does any subset of a finitely generated group with positive upper density contain three points in arithmetic progression?

Let $G$ be a countable finitely generated group, with word metric $d_S$ induced by some generating set $S$. Let $B_r$ be the ball of radius $r$ around the identity under $d_S$. We say that $A \subset ...
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Quasi-isometry of solvable minimax groups

[Edits in brackets] Consider two finitely generated solvable minimax groups $G_i$ ($i = 1,2$) so that $1 \to N_i \to G_i \to Z_i \to 1$ [splits] with $N_i$ nilpotent, $Z_i$ infinite cyclic and $G_i$ ...
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When is the submonoid preserving a subspace finitely generated?

Let $T$ be a topological space with at least one open set whose closure is not open. Let $G$ be a finitely generated group acting by homeomorphisms on $T$. Let $S\subset T$ be a subspace. Under what ...
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Groups acting on products of hyperbolic spaces

I am interested in groups acting properly and cocompactly by isometries on finite products of Gromov-hyperbolic metric spaces. I am mostly interested in the case where the group itself is not ...
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Is the automorphism group of free group of rank two relatively hyperbolic?

By Behrstock, Drutu and Mosher [BDM], we know that the (outer) automorphism groups $\mathrm{Aut}(F_n)$ and $\mathrm{Out}(F_n)$ of free group of rank $n$ are not relatively hyperbolic if $n \geq 3$ (...
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Are there examples of hyperbolic manifolds with finite Bowen-Margulis measure and fundamental group which is not relatively hyperbolic?

It is well known that a geometrically finite hyperbolic manifold (quotient of $H^n$) has finite Bowen-Margulis measure. Marc Peigné [1] constructed examples of geometrically infinite hyperbolic ...
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Characterization of Freudenthal (end) compactification

I had seen somewhere in the literature that the Freudenthal compactification of a locally compact, connected, locally connected, $\sigma$-compact, Hausdorff topological space $X$, is the maximal ideal ...
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Thompson's group F and algebraic links

There is a procedure, suggested by Vaughan Jones, which associates a link to every element of Thompson's group F. Also every knot or link in $\mathbb{R}^3$ can be obtained in this way. A subclass of ...
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Braid groups and Kazhdan's property (T)

In Nica's dissertation Group actions on median spaces, we can read the following assertion: Braid groups do not contain infinite subgroups satisfying Kazhdan's property (T). This is used in order to ...
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Non-discrete subgroups acting on Euclidean spaces

I'm curious about finitely generated subgroups in the isometry group of Euclidean spaces. I know the isometry group is the semi-direct product of translation groups with orthogonal groups. Also ...
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Intersection of descending series in a free group

I have stumbled upon a problem. It can be stated in the following way: Let $E$ be a finitely generated free group. Denote $\gamma_n(E)$ the $n$-th term of the lower central series. Consider a ...
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Subgroups of $W(E_8)$

Are there any proper subgroups of the Coxeter group $W(E_8)$ which are also proper overgroups of $W(A_8)$, other than $\text{Aut}(A_8)$?
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Are there any “simple” monoids with intermediate growth?

The discovery of the Grigorchuk group which has intermediate growth caused a number of other such groups to be found, but they are all fairly complicated, and as far as I know none of them are ...
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Largest Hopfian quotient

Let $\Gamma$ be a group, say finitely generated if it helps. Does $\Gamma$ admit a largest Hopfian quotient? That is, does there exist a Hopfian quotient $H$ of $\Gamma$, such that every surjective ...
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Order from Coxeter-Dynkin diagram

How is the order of a Coxeter group determined from its Coxeter-Dynkin diagram?
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Constraints on the homology of amenable groups

Edit (March 24): My first question has been answered nicely, but I am still looking for an answer to the second one. Due to the Kan–Thurston theorem, the homology of an arbitrary group can be anything ...
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Artin groups of type $D_n$ as mapping class groups?

According to Allcock (Braid Pictures for Artin groups, https://arxiv.org/abs/math/9907194), the Artin group $A(D_n$) of type $D_n$ may be realized as an index 2 subgroup of the orbifold fundamental ...
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Cohomological dimension bounds on the fundamental group of a manifold

Suppose $M$ is a (closed, connected, oriented, smooth) manifold. If $M$ is aspherical, i.e., if the inversal covering $\tilde{M}$ is contractible, $M$ is a $B\pi_1(M)$. This is often enforced by ...
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Indices of Coxeter groups in themselves

Every Euclidean Coxeter group ($P_n$, $Q_n$, $R_n$, $S_n$, $T_7$, $T_8$, $T_9$, $U_5$, $V_3$, $W_2$) contains infinitely many scaled copies of itself as subgroups. What are all the possible indices of ...
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Units in the group ring over fours group after Gardam

Giles Gardam recently found (arXiv link) that Kaplansky's unit conjecture fails on a virtually abelian torsion-free group, over the field $\mathbb{F}_2$. This conjecture asserted that if $\Gamma$ is a ...
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Translation lengths in CAT(0) spaces

Let $a,b$ be two loxodromic isometries of a CAT(0) space. Assume that, for every $n \geq 1$, $a^nb$ is also loxodromic. Is it possible for the translation length of $a^nb$ to be bounded independently ...
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Group with non-trivial center containing trivially-intersecting copies of itself

I'm trying to think of an example of a group $G$ with non-trivial center such that there exist subgroups $H_1,H_2\le G$ both isomorphic to $G$ and satisfying $H_1\cap H_2=\{1\}$. Does such a group ...
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When does bottom stratum of relative train track map give rise to irreducible outer automorphism of free groups

Let $F_n$ be the free group of finite rank $n$ and let $\mathcal{O} \in \text{Out}(F_n)$. Let $\Gamma$ be a finite graph and $f : \Gamma \to \Gamma$ a relative train track representative of $\mathcal{...
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Examples of infinitely presented non-LEF groups

A group is LEF (locally embeddable in the class of finite groups) if it embeds into an ultraproduct of finite groups. Residually finite groups are LEF and finitely presented LEF groups are residually ...
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Isomorphic Coxeter groups

After enumerating the spherical Coxeter groups, it is easy to see that no two distinct cases are isomorphic. Does the same hold for Euclidean and hyperbolic Coxeter groups?
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Weakly relatively hyperbolicity and asymptotic cone

Drutu, Sapir, Osin showed that a finitely generated group $G$ is strongly hyperbolic relative to a finite collection $\mathcal{H}$ of subgroups if and only if any asymptotic cone is tree-graded with ...
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A quasi-isometric embedding of a convex cocompact subgroup

I am currently reading a paper where they state the following claim: "For a convex cocompact representation $\rho: \Gamma \to G$, the existence of a cocompact invariant convex set $\mathcal{C}$ ...
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Tools for computing from group presentations

What are some tools -- either theoretical/by hand or algorithmic/by computer -- that are useful for doing computations in finitely presented groups? In my particular case, I'm working with a finitely ...
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Can $E_8$ be enlarged?

Is there any finite 8-dimensional point group which contains the $E_8$ Coxeter group as a subgroup other than $E_8$ itself?
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What is the symmetry group of this compound of two polytopes?

The geometric shape in question is a compound of two polytopes: an 11-hypercube with edge length $2$ and an 11-simplex with edge length $\sqrt6$ whose vertices are a subset of the hypercube’s. What is ...
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Sequence of epimorphisms of residually finite groups stabilizes

Let $G_1 \to G_2 \to \cdots$ be a sequence of epimorphisms of finitely generated residually finite groups. Does it eventually stabilize? That is, are all but finitely many epimorphisms actually ...
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An approach to showing hyperbolic groups are CAT(0)

I've been sitting on this idea for quite a while but I'm not in academia any longer so not likely to ever tackle it on my own. The approach is as follows: $G$ acts on its boundary $\partial G$ ergo, $...
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Virtually large groups of small rank (related to 3-manifolds)

I am looking for a reason why a 3-manifold group $G$ that is virtually $\mathbb{Z}\times F$, $F$ being either non-cyclic free or a surface group, does not admit a presentation on two generators. These ...
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Følner sequences with weird shapes

Let $G$ be a discrete and finitely generated group. Recall that $\{F_n\}_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ is a Følner sequence if $|g F_n \cup F_n|/|F_n| \rightarrow 1$ for every $g \in G$. As is well known, ...
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When does a subgroup of $\operatorname{GL}(n, \mathbb Q)$ have a bounded fundamental domain on $\mathbb R^n$?

$\DeclareMathOperator\GL{GL}$Let $G \subset M_{n\times n~}(\mathbb Z)$ be a finitely generated subgroup of $\GL(n,\mathbb Q)$ (i.e. $g\in G$ is an invertible matrix with entries in $\mathbb Z$). Then $...
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profinite completion and linear representations of finitely presented groups

Let $G$ be a finitely presented group. It is clear that if the profinite completion $\widehat{G} $ of $G$ is finite, then any finite dimensional complex linear representation $\rho: G\to \text{GL}(m, \...
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Groups whose exponential growth is never pinched

This question is motivated by a partial answer to another question on MO. Given an infinite finitely generated group $G$ and a finite generating set $S$, let $b_n^S$ be the cardinality of the ball of ...
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An analogue of the Milnor-Švarc lemma for Busemann boundaries

The Milnor-Švarc lemma, is, without doubt, regarded as one of the most important statements in geometric group theory. (Edit) One of the corollaries of this lemma says that if a hyperbolic group $G$ ...
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Example of an invariant metric on a nilpotent group which is not asymptotically geodesic

Let $X$ be a metric space. We say that $X$ is asymptotically geodesic if for all $\epsilon > 0$, there exists $R > 0$ such that, for all $x,y \in X$, there exists some finite sequence of points $...
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A pair of non-free groups, each of which is isomorphic to the free product of itself with a free group. Are they isomorphic?

This is a follow-up question to Is there a non-free group $G$ whose subgroups are all freely decomposable? In the answer to that question, Cornulier gives the following example (due to Kurosh) of a ...

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