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Is the Transpose of a Representation an Equivalent Representation?

Suppose we are working over $\mathbf{Z}[G]$ where $G$ is finite. Suppose further we have two representations $\rho$ and $\rho^\prime$ such that $\rho^\prime=(\rho)^T$. Can we say that these two ...
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Consider $\mathbf{Z}G$, $G$ finite. If the characters of two $\mathbf{Z}G$-modules are equal, does it follow that the modules are isomorphic?

So I have recently started to delve into integral representation theory and I was wondering if a particularly useful theorem survives the transition to integral rep theory. Basically, suppose we have ...
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Characters of a Group: two definitions

If $G$ is an abelian group, the characters associated to the rapresentations of $G$ over $\textrm{GL}_1(\mathbb C)=\mathbb C^\ast$ are simply the group homomorphisms: $$\chi:G\longrightarrow\mathbb ...
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Bounds for the norm of certain additive character sums

Let $q$ be a power of a prime, let $\alpha$ be a primitive element in the finite field with $q$ elements and let $\chi$ be the canonical additive character of the field. Recently I became interested ...
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Character Theory Exercise

I am having trouble with the following exercise in character theory: If $\chi, \psi, \zeta$ are irreducible characters of a finite group then $\langle \chi\psi, \zeta \rangle \leq \zeta(1)$. I can ...
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Decomposing direct product of irreps

I know characters of two 2-dimentional irreps (U and V) of a group with 6 conjugate classes. The characters are: $\begin{pmatrix} 2&-1&-1&2&0&0\end{pmatrix}$ and $\begin{pmatrix} ...
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Characters of a unipotent group.

Let $\def\C{\mathbb{C}}T = (\C^*)^n$. A character of $T$ is defined to be a homomorphism from $T$ to $\C^*$. The characters of $T$ is of the form $f(t_1,\ldots,t_n)=t_1^{a_1}\cdots t_n^{a_n}$ for some ...
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Discontinuous characters on locally compact abelian groups

I'm doing some reading out of Rudin's Fourier Analysis on Groups and Folland's Abstract Harmonic Analysis for research. Particularly I am on characters and dual groups and I've noticed that neither ...
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Easy way to get real irreducible characters (reps) from complex irreducible characters?

For plenty of groups, the real irreducible characters/representations aren't the same as the complex irreducible representations. I really enjoy James Montaldi's summary of real representations, for ...
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How to tell whether a representation of a group is faithful or unfaithful?

From just the character table and the basis functions of the irreducible representations, how do I know whether a representation is faithful or unfaithful? For the 1-D representation it is trivial to ...
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Show that 2 representations are not equivalent and find all the irreducible representations of G.

Show that 2 representations are not equivalent and find all the irreducible representations of $G$. The group $G=T_{16}$ has order 16 and presentation given by $G=\langle a,b : a^8=b^2=1, ...
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What are the Pontryagin duals of additive and multiplicative group of complex number?

What are the Pontryagin duals of additive and multiplicative group of complex number? So basically what are all characters of $(\mathbb{C},+$) and $(\mathbb{C^*},.)$?
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Understanding the irreducible representations of $D_3$

By the dimensionality theorem, $$\sum_i d_i^2 = |G|,$$ where $d_i$ is the dimension of the $i$th irreducible representation, we can infer that the dihedral group $D_3$ has two one dimensional irreps ...
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Example of projective rep being used in Clifford theory

I'm trying to understand the use of projective representations in Clifford theory, and I'd like a small example where projective representations really help, and the ingredients are actually ...
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Nilpotent groups are monomial

I'm trying to show that a nilpotent group $G$ is monomial; i.e., that every irreducible representation $\rho$ of $G$ satisfies $\rho = \text{Ind}_H^G(\tau)$ for some $H \leq G$, $\tau$ a one ...
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A class function $f$ is a character if and only if $(f,\chi_{q_i})_G $ is a non-negative integer, for all irreducible characters $\chi_{q_i}$

I'm currently revising representation theory and I'm a bit stuck trying to prove the converse of the above statement. $(\Rightarrow)$ is straight forward because if $f$ is the character of a ...
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Sum of irreducible character values in a row of the character table

If $\chi$ is a nontrivial irreducible character of $G$ (a finite group), define $S_{\chi}:= \sum_{x \in G} \chi(x)$. In terms of conjugacy classes $\mathcal{C}$, this is $\sum_{\mathcal{C}} ...
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Isaacs exercise 10.1 (Character Theory of Finite groups)

I need help on this problem. (10.1) Let $H \le G$, $\theta \in \operatorname{Irr}(H)$ and $\chi \in \operatorname{Irr} (G)$. Suppose $F \subseteq \mathbb{C}$. (a) If $\chi_H = \theta$, show that ...
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Why does the tensor product of an irreducible representation with the sign representation yield another irreducible representation?

I was writing this question, and I came up with an answer, so I thought I would answer it myself: In considering representations of $S_n$, among others, we have the "sign representation", that is the ...
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Proof of convergence of $L'\left(1,\chi\right)$

can someone give me a good reference for a clear proof of the convergence of $L'\left(1,\chi\right)$, $\chi$ real-valued, non-principal Dirichlet character? Thanks in advance.
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Explanation for a theorem pertaining on Dirichlet character sums

A very well known theorem pertaining on Dirichlet characters sums states that if $\chi$ is a Dirichlet character modulo $k$, defining $$ A\left(n\right)=\sum_{d\mid n}\chi\left(d\right) $$ Then ...
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Characters of a faithful irreducible Module for an element in the centre

Basically here is my questions. We have a character $\chi$ which is faithful and irreducible of a group $G$. we have an element $g$ which i needs to show belongs to the centre $Z(G)$, i.e. $gh=hg$ for ...
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How to show a representation is irreducible?

I have a professor who says that I should be able to show a representation is irreducible simply by looking at its trace (with other possible conditions), but after researching this for a while, I ...
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Reference Request: Characters of Finite General Linear Groups

I've been looking at J.A. Green's article The Characters of Finite General Linear Groups and it seems that Green in this article comes up with a way of calculating all irreducible characters of a ...
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$\chi(g)$ group character $\Rightarrow$ $\chi(g^m)$ group character

Let $G$ be a group of order $n$ and and $\gcd(m,n)=1$. Let $\chi:G\rightarrow\mathbb{C}$ be a class function and define $\chi^m\!: g\mapsto\chi(g^m)$. How can one show that $\chi^m$ is a character iff ...
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A question about Character Degrees of G/N

Let $G$ be a finite group such that $p_1p_2\mid |G|$, where $p_1$ and $p_2$ are two primes. We know that there exists an irreducible character $\chi\in Irr(G)$ such that $p_1p_2\mid \chi(1)$. We know ...
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Character Table of the Monster

Does anyone have a link to a website having the character table of the Griess Monster in characteristic $0$?
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$\Psi_g(A)=\Phi(g)A^t\Phi(g)$; express $\chi_\Psi$ through $\chi_\Phi$

Let $\Phi$ be a matrix n-dimensional representation of the group G. We construct a representation $\Psi$ of $G$ on the space of square matrices of order n, such that ...
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Suzuki exceptional characters with $\epsilon = -1$

I have a question about Suzuki's theory of exceptional characters of finite groups. If you are familiar with this theory, then I'm just asking: can we always choose $\epsilon=1$? If not, here is a ...
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show that the following three statements are equivalent

Let $\Phi$ be an irreducible complex representation of the group $S_n$ and $\Phi'(\sigma)=\Phi(\sigma) \operatorname{sgn}(\sigma).$ $(\sigma \in S_n).$ Prove that 1) $\Phi'$ is ...
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Prove that $\forall g \in G$ $ \exists$ an irreducible non-trivial character $\chi$ of the group $G$ such that $\chi(g)\neq 0$

Let $G$ be a non-trivial finite group. Prove that $\forall g \in G$ $ \exists$ an irreducible non-trivial character $\chi$ of the group $G$ such that $\chi(g)\neq 0$ This is my attempt so ...
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The average value of irreducible character of a non-trivial finite group

Let $G$ be a non-trivial finite group. Let $\chi$ be an irreducible character of the group $G$. Find $$\frac{1}{|G|}\sum_{g \in G} {\chi( g)}$$ I try. But I think that I am wrong. ...
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Irreducibility of complex 2-dimensional character of the group $ S_3 $

Let $\chi$ be 2-dimensional complex character of the group $ S_3 $. Prove that $\chi$ is irreducible character iff $\chi((123))=-1$. There is hint in my book: " Use the Maschke's theorem and ...
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if $g^k=e$ then $\chi(g)=\sum_j^n \zeta_k$

Let $G$ be a group. Let $g \in G$ and $g^k=e.$ Let $\chi$ be an $n$-dimensional character of the group $G.$ Let $\zeta_k$ be $k$-th root of unity. Prove that $\chi(g)$ is equal to sum of a ...
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Reading a Character Table in Magma

These are the outputs of two character tables from Magma. The first is for $A_5$. The second is for $GL_3(2)$. What is the significance of the '$+$' and '$0$' symbols? I can produce more tables if ...
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If $\chi(a)=1$ for all $\chi\in\hat G$ then $a=0$.

Let $G$ be finite abelian group and $\hat G$ be its character group. I need hint proving that if $a\in G$ and $\chi(a)=1$ for all $\chi\in\hat G$ then $a=0$ (the identity element). I can prove it ...
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Is there any Relationship between Eigenvectors and Characters?

I noticed a strong similarity in the proofs of the linear independence of characters (homomorphisms from a given group $G$ to units of $\mathbb C$) and of eigenvectors with different eigenvalues). ...
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Possible small mistakes in Springer's *Linear Algebraic Groups*

In the 2nd edition of Springer's Linear Algebraic Groups, the proof of 16.2.2(i) (p. 271) begins with the assertion that the reductive group G is quasi-split over F iff the restriction map of ...
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conjugacy class of a dicyclic group

I have given a group and I have to prepare the character table of this given group. I know that firstly I have to find the conjugacy classes of the given group. The group is below: ...
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finding normal subgroups of a dihedral group whose character table is given

my question is about character theory. for example i have a character table of the dihedral group D12 which has 6 irreducible characters.so the character table is a 6*6 matrix.i also know all ...
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p-adic numbers and group characters

The wiki article on p-adic numbers has this wonderfully charming and pretty graphic: This is supposed to represent "the 3-adic integers, with selected corresponding characters on their Pontryagin ...
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multiplicative character evaluated at -1 (from Ireland and Rosen's number theory book)

I'm self studying from Ireland and Rosen's "A Classical Introduction to Number Theory" Second edition. Near the beginning (page 153 in my book) of Chapter 11 the authors discuss the number of ...
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What do these characters mean in RDF/OWL Domain and Range logic?

Does someone know what these strange looking characters are? I would like to learn what they mean. Can you send me a reference/hyperlink so I can understand what they mean? ...
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If $G$ is solvable, is it true that for any $m,n\in\operatorname{cd}(G)$, there exists a prime $p$ such that $p\mid m,n$?

Let $G$ be a finite group and let $\operatorname{cd}(G)$ be the set of degrees of irreducible characters of $G$. It is known that if for any $m,n \in \operatorname{cd}(G) \setminus \{1\}$, there ...
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Fourier transform of a function over finite group

Let $G$ be finite abelian group and $\hat G$ be its character group. The Fourier transform of a function $f:G \to \mathbb C$, is the function $\hat{f}:\hat{G}\to \mathbb C$ defined by ...
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Characters of subgroups of finite abelian groups

Let $G$ be a finite abelian group. Let $H$ be a subgroup of $G$. Let $\hat{G}$ be the group of characters of $G$. Is there a character $\chi \in \hat{G}$ such that $\chi(g) = 1$ iff $g \in H$?
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Holonomy and Differential Characters

This question is going to be rather vague, but I'm just trying to see if there are obvious connections between these two concepts. So the holonomy of a vector bundle with Lie group $G$ is ...
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a exercise in Berkovich‘ book

in Berkovich' book characters of finite groups there is a exercise in page 59. exercise 15, a group G is a Q-group if and only if for any cyclic subgroup Z of G who can tell me how to prove it ? ...
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Is $\sum_{c \notin \mathbb Z_q}\psi(c)-\sum_{c \notin \mathbb Z_q}\psi(c^n)$ an integer?

Let $n$ be a positive integer. Let $p$ be an odd prime and $q=p^k$. Let $c \in \mathbb Z_q$. Consider the additive character $\psi:\mathbb Z_q \rightarrow \mathbb C^{\times}$ that is defined as ...
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character degree and solvability

There is an unsolved problem in Berkovich's book "Characters of Finite Groups Part 2" I state here: Is $G$ solvable if $\chi(1)^2$ divides $|G|$ for all $\chi \in \operatorname{Irr}{(G)}$? Can ...