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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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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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Subgroups as isotropy subgroups and regular orbits on tuples

Is there some natural or character-theoretic description of the minimum value of d such that G has a regular orbit on Ωd, where G is a finite group acting faithfully on a set Ω? Motivation: In ...
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Character theory of $2$-Frobenius groups.

Edit Summary: I've posted this on MO and received a partial answer there. Can anybody help me expand on this? Definition. Let $G$ be a finite group and $F_1=\text{Fit}\,G$ and ...
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Every irreducible character of $G$ is an irreducible character of $H$?

Let $H$ be a proper subgroup of $G$ such that for all $\chi\in Irr(G)$, $\chi_H\in Irr(H)$. That is, the restriction of every irreducible character of $G$ to $H$ is an irreducible character of $H$. ...
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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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On Applications of the Murnaghan-Nakayama rule

The question is located below. In short, I am looking for an accessible explanation of the Murnaghan-Nakayama rule in relation to the following problem. Pardon the long setup. Let $Y$ be a standard ...
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Bounds for multi-dimensional Kloosterman Sums

I'm looking for a general bound (in terms of $p$) for the Kloosterman sum, working in $\mathbb{F}_{p}$, $$\sum\limits_{x_{1} \dots \ x_{n} = a} \psi(x_{1} + \dots + x_{n})$$ for $\psi$ a nontrivial ...
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Weyl Character formula applied to Sp$(4,\mathbb{C})\cap$ U$(4)$.

I posted a question a short while ago on this but got no response. I have worked on this more and so now have a more specific question. To start with we work with the $\mathbb{Q}$ version of ...
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Character formula for $S_n$ and $GL(V)$

In a set of lecture notes I'm reading, we consider representations of the symmetric group $S_n$ via treatment of Young tableaux, partitions of $n$ etc. (in what I believe is the standard approach) - ...
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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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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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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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How much we know about the Group from its Complex character table?

Suppose $G$ is a finite group and suppose that complex character table of $G$ is given.It is well known that from character table we cannot determine the Group uniquely (For example $Q_8$ and $D_8$ ...
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Characters of a finite group

Recently, I have been studying about Character Theory of Finite Groups, mostly from "Groups and Representations" by J. Alperin & R. Bell. In the aforementioned textbook, the characters of a finite ...
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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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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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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 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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Degrees of irreducible complex characters of alternating groups

What is sum of degrees of the irreducible complex characters of the alternating groups? The background of this question is to calculate the diminsion of a maximal torus of the associated Lie algebra ...
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a finite group of order $360$ never has an irreducible character of degree $15$

The following problem is an exercise in character theory: "Prove that a finite group of order $360$ never has an irreducible character of degree $15$." Could you help me for it?
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A group of order $2^67$

Let $G$ be a finite group of order $2^6\times 7$. Also $G$ has at least $5$ irreducible characters of degree $7$. I want to prove that with this condition there exists no character of even degree in ...
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What is the basic concept behind extending a character?

I'm trying to do my homework (the overall problem is about $A$ a finite abelian group and showing $A \cong A^\vee \cong A^{\vee\vee}$, but you can ignore that), and I think I have a fundamental lack ...
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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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Simple components and the irreducible characters of the group ring $K[G]$

Let $K$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic $0$ and $G$ a finite group. I know that the group ring $K[G]$ is a semisimple and so decomposes as a direct sum of $m$ simple components ...
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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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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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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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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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Character of a Representation

Suppose that we have a representation $V$ of a group $G= SU(2)$ . Is it true that if $ \chi_V \cdot c \neq 0$ for some non-zero constant c, then the trivial representation must be one of the ...
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Orthogonality Relations for Character Groups

I'm trying to understand a part of a proof of orthogonality relations for character groups and finite abelian groups, and I don't quite get this part from the below link: ...
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Character as sum with regular representation

Suppose $G$ is a group and $\chi$ is a character of $G$ with $\chi(g_1)=\chi(g_2)$ for all non-identity $g_1,g_2 \in G$, and let $\chi_{reg}$ denote the regular representation character. I read that ...
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Summation of Legendre symbol

Let $\chi_{2,q}$ be the real Dirichlet character modulo a prime $q>2$, which is not the principal one (the so-called Legendre symbol). Is it true that $$ \sum_{n=0}^{+\infty} ...
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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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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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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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Values of virtual characters

Let $G$ be a finite group. Let $K$ be a number field and $K^c\subset\mathbb{C}$ its algebraic (separable) closure. Denote by $R_G$ the additive group of functions generated by the characters of ...
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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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Characters of Linear Algebraic Groups

Reading about the semi-invariants of quivers, I see a fact which is frequently referred to in the literature, and is assumed to be trivial. However, I don't see that very easily. So, I was wondering ...
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Perfect subset of the group of characters of an additive dense subgroup of $\mathbb(R)$

Suppose that $\Gamma$ is a dense subgroup of the group of real numbers $\mathbb{R}$ and let $G$ be the group of characters of $\Gamma$. The problem is to show that for any $a\in\Gamma$ the set ...
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Non-trivial characters of $SU(2)$

Are there non-trivial characters (or quasi-characters) of the special unitary group $SU(2)$? I couldn't find a straightforward answer by googling.
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on the characters of the normal subgroup and its quotient

I read character theory recently and thought about the following proposition, but I do not know is this true or false: Let $G $ be a finite group such that two distinct primes $ p $ and $ q $ ...
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Dirichlet L series estimation

let $\chi$ be a non-principal character modulo $q$, $M\geq 1$. I have to prove that, if $\vert \sigma - 1 \vert \leq \frac{1}{\log M}$, then $\vert \sum_{n=1}^M \chi (n)n^{-s}\vert\leq 1+e\log M$ and ...
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Can this matrix be said to consist of Dirichlet characters?

When: $j=1$ the following formula: $$T(n,k)=\prod\limits_{m=1}_{m \mid n}^{\text{n}} \left(\exp ^{-\mu \left(\frac{n}{m}\right)}\left(\Lambda \left(\frac{n}{m}\right)\right) \chi _{\exp ^{-\mu ...
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Conductor of Dirichlet character divides every quasiperiod

Let $\chi$ be a Dirichlet character which has quasiperiods $d_1, d_2$. I.e., if $(n(n + kd_i), q) = 1$ then $\chi(n + d_i) = \chi(n)$ for any $k \in \mathbb{Z}$. Supposedly we can then show that ...
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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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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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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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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 ? ...