# 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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### What's a non-abelian totally ordered group?

Because I have heard the phrase "totally ordered abelian group", I imagine there should be non-abelian ones. By this I mean a group with a total ordering (not to be confused with a well-ordering) ...
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### The sum of two well-ordered subsets is well-ordered

Apologies if the answer is trivial, this is far from my domain. In order to define the field of Hahn series, one needs the following fact: if $A,B$ are two well-ordered subsets of $\mathbb{R}$ (or any ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Positive cone of a subgroup of $\mathbb{Z}^n$

This question sounds like it should be very well known, but for some reason I failed to find a decent answer anywhere. Let $G\subset\mathbb{Z}^n$ be a subgroup, and $G_+=G\cap\mathbb{Z}_{\ge0}^n$ be a ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### What is known about orbifolding ordered groups and sets? Who has been involved? Links to Lee metrics?

In mathematical music theory several ordered groups are considered. Some examples contain the frequency space or Tonnetzes. Other groups (commutative and non-commutative ones) are discussed by Dawid ...
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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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### 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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### 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 it true that the structure of a commutative ordered semiring is unique on a commutative ordered monoid?

Is it true that the structure of a commutative ordered semiring with identity is unique on a commutative ordered monoid (i.e., the structure of the monoid and the order are consistent)? I am not ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Partial orders on $\mathbb{N}^m$ compatible with addition

I'm looking for a classification (or just non-trivial examples) of partial orders on monoid $\mathbb{N}^{m}$ that are compatible with addition. That is, partial orders $\leq$ satisfying two additional ...
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### Extending a representation of a free group to an extension of a mapping torus

Given a free group on $n$ generators, $F_n$, $\phi$ an automorphism of $F_n$, and a non-trivial representation $\rho: F_n \rightarrow \operatorname{Homeo}_+(\mathbb{R})$, are necessary and sufficient ...
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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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### 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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### 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 ...