# Questions tagged [ordered-groups]

Groups (possibly semigroups) endowed with possibly left/right/bi-invariant partial/total orderings. Study of such orders on groups.

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### Compatibility with multiplication of a cyclic order on a ring

I am copying my question from here: https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3233462/427611.
Is it correct that $\mathbb Z/3\mathbb Z$ and $\mathbb Z/4\mathbb Z$ are the only rings with three or more ...

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### Is Thompson's group definably orderable?

Is Thompson's group $F$ definably left-orderable? definably bi-orderable?
Orderability definitions: Recall that a group $G$ is left-orderable (resp. bi-orderable) if it admits a left-invariant (resp. ...

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### How can you order a free group?

A left order on a (discrete) group $G$ is a total order on $G$ satisfying $\forall g,h,k \in G: g < h \implies kg < kh$. A right order is defined symmetrically, and a biorder is an order that is ...

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### Characterization of Archimedean linearly ordered monoids

In this question, it is shown that all Archimedean ordered groups are isomorphic to an ordered subgroup of $\mathbb R$. Additionally, it is shown that if such a group is complete, then it is ...

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### Braided lobsters

If $(X,m)$ is a median algebra, then for each $x\in X$, define an operation $\wedge_{x}$ by letting $y\wedge_{x}z=m(x,y,z)$. Then $(X,\wedge_{x})$ is a meet-semilattice with least element $x$. Define ...

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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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### Generating totally ordered free commutative monoids

Let’s say I have a set $A$. I build the free commutative monoid $M$ generated by $A$.
When can a well-order on $A$ be extended to $M$, in a way that is compatible with its monoid structure? I am ...

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### Relations between $\Omega$-groups, locally indicable groups, and right-orderable groups

We know that the class of right-orderable groups $\mathit{RO}$, is contained in the class of $\Omega$-groups (read it from "A note on group rings of certain torsion-free groups" by Burns-Hale).
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### Is there a name for this kind of structure? (Not quite a lattice-ordered group)

I'm looking at a certain class of groups $G$ that come with a partial order $\le$ on the elements. So far it looks like $(G,\le)$ has the following properties:
The partial order is invariant under ...

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### Ordered group acting freely on partially ordered set

Let $(G, <)$ be a totally ordered group, and let $<$ be left-invariant. Let $G$ act (freely?) on a partially ordered set $(S, <)$, such that this group action preserves the ordering:
$$ s_1 &...

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### Characterizing $\mathbf{R}$ as an ordered group

A standard characterization of $\mathbf{R}$ uses the order and the field structure: any linearly ordered field that is archimedean and complete is isomorphic to $(\mathbf{R}, +, \times, <)$ as an ...

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### Closed and bounded intervals of definably complete ordered groups

True or false?
All closed and bounded intervals of definably complete
ordered groups are definably compact.
Let $G$ be an ordered abelian group. Then, a definable subset $D ⊆ G$ is said to be ...

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### A Krull-Schmidt theorem for partially ordered groups

If $G$ is a po-group (ie. partially ordered group), we say that $G$ is po-indecomposable if it's not the direct product of two non trivial subgroups (such subgroups are necessary convex and normal).
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### Realizing certain affine functions on Choquet simplices on dimension groups

This is a question that is a bit outside my usual mathematical comfort zone, but I feel like an expert might know the answer.
Recall that a dimension group is an ordered abelian group $G$ with ...

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### Orderable subgroup of the braid groups over the 2-sphere

$$B_{n}(S^2)=\langle \sigma_1,\sigma_2,...\sigma_{n-1}\mid
\sigma_{i}\sigma_{j}=\sigma_{j}\sigma_{i} \text{ if } |i-j|>1;\qquad$$ $$\qquad
\sigma_{i}\sigma_{j}\sigma_{i}=\sigma_{j}\sigma_{i}\sigma_{...

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### For which groups is (non-)left orderability decidable?

Mainly, my question is in the title, but let me be more precise here.
Let $G$ be a finitely presented group with solvable word problem. If G is not left-orderable, is there an finite-time algorithm ...

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### Uncountable divisible groups and the existence of order-preserving isomorphisms of their subsets

Let $(G,+,0,<)$ be an ordered divisible group of uncountable dimension. Consider the subset $G^{<0}$ of $G$.
Question: Are $G$ and $G^{<0}$ isomorphic as ordered sets? Does there exist an ...

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### Extending homomorphisms between ordered abelian groups

Let $\Omega$ be a linearly (i.e. fully) ordered set, and let $\Lambda_{\Omega}$ be the ordered abelian group consisting of
those $(\lambda_\omega)_{\omega\in\Omega}\in\mathbb{R}^{\Omega}$ with well-...

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### Unique product groups (and semigroups)

A group $G$ is called a u.p.-group (short for unique product group) if for all nonempty finite subsets $A,B\subseteq G$, there exists an element $g\in A \cdot B$ which can be uniquely written as a ...

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### Existence of an orbit of exponential growth for group acting on the real line

Let G be a non-abelian finitely generated subgroup of increasing homeomorphisms of the real line having a fixed point free element $h$ ($hx>x$ for all $x$ in the line). Is there a real number $a$ ...

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### Compatible total orderings of the group $\mathbb{Z}^\mathbb{N}$

Given the additive group of the module $\mathbb{Z}^\mathbb{N}$ and a total ordering of the group that is compatible with addition and where $\chi_{\{n\}} > 0$ for all $n \in \mathbb{N}$, can we say ...

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### Name of the class of linearly ordered groups with no minimal positive element

Is there a special name for a linearly ordered group $G$ such that for every positive element $g\in G$ there exists an element $h\in G$ such that $e<h<g$?

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### Spliting of short exact exact sequences of partially ordered groups

Consider a short exact sequence of partially ordered groups
$$0 \longrightarrow H \stackrel{\alpha}{\longrightarrow} G \stackrel{\beta} {\longrightarrow} G/H \longrightarrow 0 ,$$ where $H$ is a ...

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### Unique product group which is not right orderable

(1) I am looking for an example of a u.p (unique product) group which is not right orderable (RO).
Almost any group I pick up (obviously torsion-free, as u.p. group cannot have nontrivial torsion ...

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### Normal subgroup of a totally ordered group

A totally ordered group is a group equipped with a compatible total order, that is, $x\leq y$ and $z\leq t$ imply $x+z\leq y+t$ for all $x,y,z,t$ in the group.
Is it true that every totally ordered ...

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### Is there a non-right-orderable torsion-free quotient group of the braid group on 3 strands?

The braid group on 3 strands has the presentation $\langle x,y \;|\; xyx=yxy\rangle$. A group $G$ is called right-orderable if there is a total order $<$ on the set $G$ such that if $a<b$ then $...

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### When do infinitesimals split in dimension groups?

Let $G$ be a dimension group (i.e. a directed, unperforated abelian group satisfying the Riesz interpolation property) with order unit $u\in G^{+}$. There is a canonical positive group homomorphism $\...

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### Is there a left-orderable profinite group?

Is there a nontrivial profinite group $G$ with a binary transitive relation $<$ such that
$x<y$ implies $x\neq y$, and for any different $x,y \in G$ either $x < y$ or $y < x$ and such ...

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### Quasi-isometry and left invariant orderability for groups

Is the property of left invariant orderability for finitely generated groups preserved by quasi-isometrics? More precisely, if $G$ is a left orderable (finitely generated) group and $H$ is a torsion-...

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### Can Suslin (or Aronszajn) lines ever be orderings of abelian groups?

I am interested in realizing linear orders as orderings of abelian groups. In particular, can Suslin lines (and other classes of line) be realised in this way?
Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a class of (...

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### Embedding a linearly ordered free monoid into a linearly ordered group

A linearly ordered (shortly, l.o.) monoid is a triple $\mathbb M = (M, \cdot, \le)$ for which $(M, \cdot)$ is a (multiplicatively written) monoid and $\le$ is a total order on $M$ such that $xy < ...

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### An equivariant Hahn embedding theorem?

The Hahn Embedding Theorem asserts that for any (linearly) ordered abelian group $\Lambda$, there exists a linearly ordered indexing set $\Omega$ such that $\Lambda$ admits an order-preserving group ...

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### Do all right orderable groups have the Haagerup property?

Do all right orderable groups have the Haagerup property?
Recall that a group is right orderable if there exists a total order $\leq$ on it such that $a\leq b\Rightarrow ac\leq bc$. This property is ...

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### Amenable groups acting on the real line, that are not subexponentially-amenable

In the literature, there are several examples of solvable groups acting faithfully by order-preserving homeomorphisms of the real line. There are also examples of groups of intermediate growth with ...

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### Example involving partially ordered Abelian groups

Definition 1:
Let $(G,\leq)$ be a nonzero partially ordered Abelian group with order unit $u$. (Recall that $u\in G$ is a order unit if, for every $g\in G$, there exists $N\in\mathbb N$ such that $-Nu\...

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### Totally right preorderable groups

Are there any known non-trivial sufficient conditions, or full characterizations, of a totally right-preorderable group?
More precisely:
totally right-preorderable: has a non-trivial total right-...

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### Bi-orderability of Baumslag-Solitar group $\langle a,b \mid a^{-1} b^m a = b^n\rangle$ and of $\langle a,b \mid a^{-1} b a^m = b^n\rangle$

We say that a group $(A, \cdot)$ is bi-orderable if there exists a total order $\preceq$ on $A$ such that $xz \prec yz$ and $zx \prec zy$ for all $x,y,z \in A$ with $x \prec y$.
Let $m,n$ be non-zero ...

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### Is $x + y \ne y+nx$ for $x \ne 0$ and $n \ge 2$ (in an ordered group)?

Let $(A, +, \preceq)$ be an ordered group, namely $(A, +)$ is a group and $\preceq$ is a total order on $A$ such that $x + z \prec y + z$ and $z + x \prec z + y$ for all $x,y,z \in A$ with $x \prec y$....

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### Extensions of partial orders to linear orders on (nonabelian) groups

If $G$ is a group with a (left) linear order, does every (left) partial order on $G$ extend to a (left) linear order?
The answer is affirmative on abelian groups, where being torsion-free is ...

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### Conditions for a group to be lattice-ordered

Given a set $S$ with a group operation $\cdot$ and a lattice ordering $\leq$, I wish to know when we can say that $\cdot$ preserves $\leq$, i.e. $(x\vee y)z=xz\vee yz$ and similarly for meets.
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### Every abelian torsion-free group is strictly totally orderable (via the compactness theorem)

Let $\mathbb G = (G, +)$ be a group. We say that $\mathbb G$ is strictly totally orderable (others would say bi-orderable) if there exists a total order $\preceq$ on $G$ such that $x+z \prec y + z$ ...

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### Group action on the real line

I was wondering about the following question:
if you have a faithful action of a group $G$ on the real line $\mathbb{R}$ by orientation-preserving homeomorphisms, it is easy to construct a new action ...

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### Ordered groups - examples

Let $G=\operatorname{BS}(m,n)$ denote the Baumslag–Solitar group defined by
the presentation $\langle a,b: b^m a=a b^n\rangle$.
We assume that $G$ is non-abelian, i.e., $m,n\in\mathbb{Z}\...

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### Why do we choose the standard total order on the integers?

I understand why the set of natural numbers $\mathbb N = \{ 0, 1, 2, \cdots \}$ is equipped with a total order. Indeed, every monoid has a pre-order, where $$n' \succeq n \quad \mathrm{if~and~only~if} ...

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### Subgroup of lattice-ordered group

Let $H$ be a subgroup of a lattice-ordered group $G$. Suppose that $H$ with the induced order is a lattice (but a priori not a sublattice), so that $H$ is a lattice-ordered group too. For $a, b\in H$, ...

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### Direct limit of lattice-ordered groups

In general, any abelian group can be expressed as a direct limit of its f.g. subgroups. For the case of $\ell$-group (lattice-ordered group) is that true or not? As an abelian group we do not have ...

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### Lattice-ordered group of rational rank 1

Does there exist a lattice-ordered, not totally ordered, group of rational rank $1$?
Rational rank 1 means isomorphic to a nonzero subgroup of $\mathbb{Q}$. There exist totally ordered groups of ...

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### A linearly orderable monoid which does not embed into a linearly orderable group

It is known (after an example of A.I. Mal'cev) that there exist cancellative semigroups which do not embed into a group. On the other hand, it is not difficult to see that every linearly orderable ...

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### Strictly totally ordered semigroups - Looking for references

Let $\mathfrak A = (A, \cdot)$ be a semigroup (written multiplicatively). We say that $\mathfrak A$ is linearly orderable if there exists a total order $\le$ on $A$ such that $ac < bc$ and $ca < ...

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### Non-archimedean group over the reals

I have a totally ordered group $(\mathbb{R};\leq,\oplus,0,-)$ with the reals as base set satisfying monotonicity, i.e.
for all $x,y,z$ we have that if $y\leq z$ then $x\oplus y \leq x\oplus z$, and I ...