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Characteristics of a Character table and what it tells me.

I am trying to solve the character table and some related questions. The questions are below, and what I have done is below that. Any help on any pieces I am sure will enlightening. For parts c and ...
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Kronecker symbol vs. Koblitz symbol

In Koblitz, Introduction to Elliptic Curves and Modular Forms on page 188 it is defined $$\left( \frac{-1}{j}\right)=0$$ in case $j$ is even. Apart from that definition $\left( \frac{c}{d}\right)$ is ...
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$G$ be a finite group and $G'$ be its commutator subgroup and $\widehat G$ be the character group of $G$ ; then $G/G' \cong \widehat G$?

Let $G$ be a finite group and $G'$ be its commutator subgroup and $\widehat G$ be the character group of $G$ ; then is it true that $G/G' \cong \widehat G$ ?
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Why does the Kronecker symbol $\left(\frac{a}{\cdot}\right)$ define a character?

Let $a\not\equiv 3\pmod 4$ and $a\ne 0$. How do you show that $\chi(n):=\left(\frac{a}{n}\right)$ (where $\left(\frac{\cdot}{\cdot}\right)$ denotes the Kronecker symbol) defines a character of modulus ...
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Characters appearing naturally in arithmetic functions

Let $r_2(n)$ denote the number of representations of $n$ as a sum of 2 squares. It is well-known that $$r_2(n) = 4\sum_{d \mid n} \chi(d),$$ where $\chi$ is the non-principal character modulo $4$. ...
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Gauss sum of a multiplication of two multiplicative characters of a finite field

Let $F$ be a finite field with $q$ elements and characteristic $p$. Let $E$ be a proper extension over $F$ of degree $n$. Let $\psi$ be the canonical additive character of $E$ defined by $\psi(x) = ...
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additive character of a finite field, trace map to middle field

The additive character of a finite field $\mathbb F_q$ is obtained by using the trace function to base field $F_p$. Can we write some of them into a middle field. Using trace function from $\mathbb ...
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Character sum of a type of “almost linear” surjective mappings over finite fields

Let $F$ be a finite field of characteristic a prime $p$ with $q$ elements and let $E/F$ be a finite extension of degree $n > 1$ over $F$. Let $\chi$ be the additive canonical character on $F$ ...
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Does anyone know the Burnside Matrices?

For $G$ a fine group with conjugacy classes $C_1,\dots C_k$ we introduced the Burnside Matrices $A_r$ where $1<r<k$ with entries: $$A_r := \Big(\sqrt{\frac{|C_t|}{|C_s|}}a_{rst}\Big)_{1\leq ...
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Linear independence of primitive Dirichlet characters and convolution

This is not an exercise but merely a question I have. Fix $N \in \mathbb{N}$ and suppose there exist some values $a_k \in \mathbb{C}$, for $k \in \mathbb{Z}_N$, such that $$ \sum_{k \in \mathbb{Z}_N} ...
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Representation of an abelian group

Without using the structure theorem, how do I prove b? I struggle with the proof of injectivity. Any tips? Problem: Let $G$ be a finite Abelian group. (a) Prove that the group homomorphisms $\chi ...
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An identity involving Gauss sums and convolution

For a Dirichlet character $\chi$ modulo $N$, the Gauss sum attached to $\chi$ is given by $$G_\chi(m) = \sum_{k \in \mathbb{Z}_N} \chi(k) e^{2\pi i mk/N}.$$ Suppose one has an $N$-periodic function ...
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Solving the Character table for $A_4$ and derived algebra characteristics.

Say I am given a group with 4 conjugacy classes $C_1, C_2, C_3, C_4$ with orders 1,3,4,4 respectively. I will call the conjugacy class characters $\chi_1,\chi_2,\chi_3,\chi_4$ respectively. I am ...
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Find character table for symmetric group $S_3$

This group contains all permutations of 3 elements, so it has order 3!=6. Its three congruency classes are {1}, {(1,2),(1,3),(2,3)}, {(123),(132)}. As we know that the number of congruency classes ...
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Showing that compact metrizable abelian group has enough characters

I wanted to know if anybody has some clue as why a compact metrizable abelian group has enough characters to sepatare points. (a character on a topological group is a continuous homomorphism from the ...
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Irreducible characters of finite abelian groups

Let $G$ be finite abelian group and $K$ a field such that $char(K)$ does not divide the order $r$ of $G$. For each divisor $d$ of $r$ let $\omega_d$ be a primitive $d$-root of unity and ...
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Order of group elements from a character table

Most questions that I can find on here (or anywhere else on the internet) deal with constructing a character table given a description of the group. I'm trying to answer a question which goes the ...
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Using character table to find normal subgroups

I am working through a question on an old character theory exam. I've answered the first two parts ok, but am now struggling on the third part. Here is the part that I can't do: I've computed ...
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Inducing representation for groups of order $p^3$

For groups $G$ such that $|G|=p^3$ one can show that $(1)$ $Z=Z(G)\cong C_p$ $(2)$ $G'=Z$ $(3)$ $G/Z \cong C_p \times C_p$ Take any $x \in G/Z$. Then $N=\langle x,Z \rangle$ is an abelian normal ...
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Why does complex conjugation permute the rows (columns) of a character table

If $\chi$ is the character of $\rho$, then $\overline{\chi}$ is the character of $\rho^*$ (dual) and $\chi_{irreducible} \iff \overline{\chi_{irreducible}}$. This implies complex conjugation ...
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Find the character of $\mathbb{C}[S_4/D_8]$

Find the character of $\mathbb{C}[S_4/D_8]$. I am assuming with this question that the first step will be to compute the (left) cosets $\{ gD_8: g \in S_4 \}$. Then I'm assuming that then it will ...
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Definitions of $\mathrm{Hom}(V,W)$

I have the definition of a homomorphism as map such that $\varphi(g_1g_2)=\varphi(g_1)\varphi(g_2)$ I have the definition of $\mathrm{Hom}(V,W)$ as $$\begin{align}\mathrm{Hom}(V,W) &= ...
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Invertibility of character table

Corollary. The character table of a group is an invertible square matrix. The theorem that is a corollary to states that the character table is a square matrix and the explanation for invertibility ...
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Characters of transitive finite permutation group

I know that Frobenius reciprocity helps us to solve this problem, but I don't know why: Let $ G $ be a transitive finite permutation group with permutation character $ \pi $. If $\chi $ is an ...
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Frobenius Reciprocity and a character theory problem

How Frobenius Reciprocity can help us to solve these two problems: Let $ H $ be a subgroup with index $ m $ in the finite group $ G $. Let $ F $ be an algebraic closed field of characteristic $ 0 $. ...
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Relation between the characters of subgroups of a finite group

Let $ H $ and $ K $ be subgroups of a finite group $ G $. Let $ \chi_1(H) $ and $ \chi_1(K) $ denote the trivial characters of $ H $ and $ K $ over an algebraically closed field of characteristic $ 0 ...
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Properties of generalized characters

I search for generalized characters which are not characters.Also I want to know that why every generalized character is a difference of characters.
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Facts on $ \mathbb{C} $-characters

My assumption: $ G $ is a finite group & $ \chi $ is a faithful $ \mathbb{C} $-character of $ G $ with degree $ n $ and $ r $ is the number of distinct values assumed by $ \chi $. Now is it true ...
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Characters of a compact group with uniform positivity over $G$

Let $G$ be a compact group and let $\widehat{G}$ denote the set of all equivalence classes of irreducible representations of $G$. For each $\pi \in \widehat{G}$, we use $\chi_\pi$ to denote the ...
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Finding the character table of this group

if $ G = <a,b| a^9 = b^3 = 1, bab^{-1} = a^4> $ of order 27 then know the following, that any element can be written as $b^ka^n$ with n $\in [0,8], k\in[0,2]$ and that the 11 conjugacy classes ...
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irreducible characters of a group

I am currently attempting a past exam paper and am stuck on the following question for part a) $\mu$ is an irreducible character iff it is equal to the character of an irreducible representation, ...
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character tables and solubility

I am currently going through a past exam paper for a group theory module and am unable to answer the following section of a question. The copy of my lecture notes doesn't seem to have a section on ...
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Consequences of $G$ having exactly $3$ irreducible characters

Suppose a finite group $G$ has exactly irreducible characters $\chi_1 = \mathbb{I}, \chi_2,\chi_3$. i) Show that G is soluble and deduce it has a non-trivial one-dimensional character $\chi_2$. ii) ...
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Can each of the following be a character of a finite group $G$

Can each of the following be a character of a finite group $G$? $(i) \ \ (2,0,\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2},0)$ $(ii) \ \ (3,-1,0,4,0)$ $(iii) \ \ (2,2,2,2)$ $(iv) \ \ (1,0,-1,0)$ I think that the ...
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Product of a character with an irreducible character a non-negative integer

Why is the inner product of a character with an irreducible character a non-negative integer? I can see that by properties of the inner product it will be non-negative but I cannot see why it would ...
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Induced character and center of groups

If $Z$ is a subgroup of the center of G and $|G:Z|=m$, then $\chi^*(g)=m\chi(g)$ if $g\in Z$ where $\chi$ is a character of $Z$ and $\chi^*$ is the induced character of $G$. Let $\phi$ be the ...
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What values can a character $\psi$ take on an element of order $2$?

If $\psi$ is the character of a degree $2$ complex representation $\varphi\colon G\to GL_2(\mathbb{C})$, and $x\in G$ has order $2$, then $\psi(x)=0,\pm 2$. I noticed this by seeing $\varphi(x)$ ...
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Product of characters in representation theory

Is it true that if $\phi_1$ and $\phi_2$ are characters then $\phi_1\phi_2$ is a character of a representation? I think this is true, say for instance if $R_1$ is a matrix representation with ...
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Permutation representation of $S_4$ acting on $\{1,2,3,4\}$

I am considering the permutation representation of $S_4$ acting on $\{1,2,3,4\}$ with character $\chi_{\pi}$. The answer is $\chi_{\pi}=(4,2,1,0,0)$ Now I know that for the permutation representation ...
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Any 1-dimensional character $\otimes$ irreducible character is irreducible

I would like to prove that any 1-dimensional character $\otimes$ irreducible character is again irreducible. (I think this is character but there is chance I have misinterpreted my notes and it may be ...
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Character group of $\mathbb{Z}$

I am trying to compute the character group of $\mathbb{Z}$ which contains homomorphisms that map into $\mathbb{C}^\times$. I have determined that each homomorphism $\phi \in \hat{\mathbb{Z}}$ may be ...
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Considering transitive $G$-set

Question. Suppose that $X$ is a transitive $G$-set of size greater than $1$ and let $\pi$ be the associated permutation representation with the character $\chi$. Show that some element $g \in G$ ...
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Prove that every non-abelian group of order $8$ has a $2$-dimensional irreducible character all of whose values are integers.

Prove that every non-abelian group of order $8$ has a $2$-dimensional irreducible character all of whose values are integers. I get that if $G$ is non abelian it must have an irreducible ...
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Show that $Z(θ^G)≤H$

Suppose $H ≤ G$ and $θ \in Char(H)$. Show that $Z(θ^G)≤H$. ($Z$ is the centre and $θ^G$ is the character induced by $G$)
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Compute the character $Ind_{H}^G \mathbb{I}$ by computing the character of $\mathbb{C}[G/H]$

Let $G=S_3$ and $H=\langle (12) \rangle < G$. Compute the character $Ind_{H}^G \mathbb{I}$ by computing the character of $\mathbb{C}[G/H]$. I have computed the character using the induction ...
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Proof of the Frobenius Schur indicator

I am trying to prove the Frobenius-Schur indicator for $\chi$ irreducible character. \begin{equation} i_{\chi} = \begin{cases} 0, & \text{if $\chi$ is not real valued} \\ \pm1, & ...
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$GL_3(\mathbb{F}_2)$ is simple

Character table of $GL_3(\mathbb{F}_2)$. \begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|c|c|} \hline & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 7A & 7B \\ \hline \chi_1 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 & ...
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Gauss sum of character $\psi \neq 1$

I am trying to solve Let $1 \neq \psi$ be a charachter of $\mathbb{F}_p$ and define $$G(\psi) = \sum_{x\in \mathbb{F}_p} \psi(x^2) $$ Proof that $|G(\psi)|^2 = p$. What I tried so far: ...
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Understanding restriction in $S_3$

Let $G=S_3$. \begin{array}{|c|c|c|} \hline & e & (123) & (12) \\ \hline \chi_0 & 1 &1 & 1\\ \hline \chi_1 & 1 & 1 & -1 \\ \hline \chi_2 & 2 & -1 & 0 \\ ...
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2nd half of proof of $\dim V^G=\frac{1}{|G|}\sum_{g \in G}\chi(g) $

Lemma. Let $\rho: G \rightarrow GL(V)$ be a representation, character $\chi$. Then $$\dim V^G=\frac{1}{|G|}\sum_{g \in G}\chi(g) $$ Proof. RHS: $$\frac{1}{|G|}\sum_{g \in G}tr ...