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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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Rotman's exercise 2.8 “$S_n$ cannot be imbedded in $A_{n+1}$”

This question is about the (in)famous Rotman's exercise 2.8 in "An Introduction to the Theory of Groups." I've searched and found similar questions here and in MO, but none of them contains a valid ...
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References on the theory of $2$-groups.

Many theorems about odd order $p$-groups fail miserably for $2$-groups. These can range from simple $2$-group exceptions (e.g. Frobenius complements can be either cyclic or generalized quaternion) to ...
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Taking the automorphism group of a group is not functorial.

Once upon a time I proved that there is no functorial 'association' $$F:\ \mathbf{Grp}\ \longrightarrow\ \mathbf{Grp}:\ G\ \longmapsto\ \operatorname{Aut}(G).$$ A few days ago I casually mentioned ...
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A question about Sylow subgroups and $C_G(x)$

Let $G=PQ$ where $P$ and $Q$ are $p$ and $q$-sylow subgroups of $G$ respectivly. In addition suppose that $P\unlhd G$, $Q\ntrianglelefteq G$, $C_G(P)=Z(G)$ and $C_G(Q)\neq Z(G)$ where $Z(G)$ is the ...
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Values attained by $|G/Z(G)|$?

So I was working through some problems in a book on $p$-groups and noticed that $p$-groups have some really nice properties. So I started computing what the values of $|G/Z(G)|$ for $p$-groups. I ...
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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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How confident can we be about the validity of the classification of finite simple groups?

The completion of the classification of finite simple proofs was first announced in 1983. However, as late as 2008 minor gaps were still found and closed. How certain can we be that The proof of ...
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Subgroup structure of $\mathrm{SL}(2, p^2)$ and its irreducible characters

I am taking a course in representation theory of finite groups, and somehow I ended up getting assigned to write a report on subgroup structure and irreducible characters of $\mathrm{SL}(2,7)$ and ...
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Official name(s) for a certain type of p-group

I'm implementing a class of groups into Sage (sagemath.org), a computer algebra system, and I'm wondering if it has any official names. I found it in Gorenstein's "Finite Groups." It is there called ...
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Central Quotients of Finite Groups

There are more than 50 groups of order 48, and among them 16 groups have center of order 2, let $G$ be among such groups. Then $G/Z(G)$ is a group of order 24. What is this group of order 24? There ...
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Variational formulations in group theory?

I apologise if this is a naïve question. Are there any known / widely applicable / important variational formulations in (finite) group theory? That is, a relationship of the form $$\alpha(G) = ...
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Can we find a bound so that we can conclude $G$ is a $p$ group?

Let $n_p$ be number of the elements of order $p$ in a group $G$, My motivation is that if $n_2\ge\dfrac 34 |G|$ then $G$ is $2$ group. You can check it from this. Is there such general bound for ...
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The division algebras arising in the Wedderburn decomposition of a finite group modulo its radical in characteristic $p$

The following question is probably straightforward for those who know. However, I am used to working either over splitting fields or in characteristic zero. Question. Let $G$ be a finite ...
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How useful are geometric aspects when studying finite groups?

My newbie impression when studying finite group theory is that geometric aspects are not very prevalent. Cayley graphs play quite some role for visualising finite groups, but compared to the study of ...
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Generating the partners in a multi-dimensional irreducible representation.

I am trying to block diagonalize a Hermitian matrix using the irreducible representations of its symmetry group. Using the group's character table, it is straightforward to generate a set of ...
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The order of $H$ is relatively prime to its index $[G:H]$

Suppose that a subgroup $H$ of a finite group $G$ satisfies one of the following two conditions: (i) For any nonidentity element $x$ of $H$ we have $C_{G}(x) \subset H$ (ii) If $K$ is a subgroup of ...
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A connection between nonplanar complete graphs and the alternating group?

I went to an undergrad's senior honors thesis presentation a few days ago. She was discussing crossing numbers and mentioned that complete graphs $K_n$ are nonplanar iff $n \geq 5$. ?Coincidentally? ...
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Show that in any group of order $23 \cdot 24$, the $23$-Sylow subgroup is normal.

Show that in any group of order $23 \cdot 24$, the $23$-Sylow subgroup is normal. Let $P_k$ denote the $k$-Sylow subgroup and let $n_3$ denote the number of conjugates of $P_k$. $n_2 \equiv 1 ...
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Cover and avoidance properties of chief factors: can we avoid exactly the ones we want?

If $G$ is a finite solvable group with chief series $1 = G_0 \leq \ldots \leq G_n = G$ (so each $G_i \unlhd G$ and if $G_{i-1} < H < G_i$ then $H$ is not normal in $G$) and $I \subseteq \{ ...
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Clifford theory and induction

in the answer to this post there was the statement that a representation $\vartheta$ of a subgroup $\langle z\rangle$ can extend to a representation of the whole group $D_{2n}$. If I start the other ...
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Why is the Monster group the largest sporadic finite simple group?

I do know that there is a "long proof" (I have read that it is +1000pages) that the Monster group is the largest sporadic simple group. My question is: Why can we be sure that there is no other ...
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Induced representation, Ind(Res(U))

I am reading a book of Fulton and Harris "Representation theory, a first course". Now it's all about representation theory of finite groups, and there is one exercise, which I can't solve: If $U$ is ...
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Fixed points of coset operation

Let $G$ be a finite group which operates on two finite sets $E_1$ and $E_2$. Say that $E_1$ and $E_2$ are weakly $G$-isomorphic if for every $g \in G$, $\mathrm{Card}(E_1^g)=\mathrm{Card}(E_2^g)$, ...
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What groups are semidirect products of simple groups?

The question I want to ask is actually slightly broader than that in the title: what is the smallest class of finite groups which contains all finite simple groups groups, and is closed under ...
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A problem in transfer theory

This is about problem 5B.1 page 157 in Isaacs' "Finite Group Theory" book. This chapter is definitely giving me trouble. The problem reads: Let $G$ be a finite group, $P \in \operatorname{Syl}_p(G)$ ...
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Subgroup notation on Wikipedia

Surfing wikipedia about finite groups, I see a lot of notation similar to that found in this section (image below). Its meaning is not clear to me and I didn't find an explanation on wikipedia. Could ...
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Missing $\{2,p\}$-Hall subgroups in finite non-abelian simple groups

Can anybody tell me how to prove this theorem? Theorem: Suppose that $G$ is a finite non-abelian simple group. Then there exists an odd prime $p\in\pi(G)$ such that $G$ has no $\{2,p\}$-Hall ...
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Is almost any group generated by two generators?

What is the asymptotic probability that a randomly chosen finite group can be presented with 2 generators. More precisely, what is $$ \lim _{n \to \infty} \frac{\text{number of 2-generated groups of ...
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Historical Question about Schur-Zassenhaus Theorem

I couldn't find any historical information about Schur-Zassenhaus theorem in many books or even papers which mention this theorem. I think, Schur proved that if $G$ is a finite group and if $N$ is ...
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Finding the maximum number of subspaces of a vector space over finite field that satisfy these relations

I have a question and I am stuck. I was wondering if anyone has a thought, before I start a brute-force search. For $q$ a prime number and $n =6$, let $\mathbb {F}_{q}^{n}$ be an $n$-dimensional ...
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Resource: Group Theory

There is a website providing recent thesis in finite geometry. Is there any website with collection of recent thesis on (finite) group theory. I want to see the Ph.D. thesis of Raymond T. Shepherd, ...
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largest permutation group of odd order

For general $n$, what is the largest subgroup of the symmetric group $S_n$ that has odd order? I have a feeling that it might be the Sylow 3-subgroup...ADDED: but it isn't, as Mark Bennet points out ...
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Show any group of order $275$ has an element of order $5$.

This is what I have. Note: I'm not allowed Cauchy's theorem or Sylow theorems. Let $|G| = 275$. So I know $275 = 5\times5\times11$. If I assume that $G$ is cyclic then there exists $x\in G$ such that ...
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Examples of finite groups that are not a semidirect product

I'm looking for examples of (families of) finite groups that are not semidirect products. When first learning group theory, the first such group that one encounters is $Q_8$. In my search for other ...
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Discrete subgroups of SU(n) and SO(n).

Thank you very much for your concern. I am in physics background, any simpler but complete explanation would be helpful. I would like to know whether there is a complete understanding of discrete ...
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Is there a classification of finite abelian group schemes?

There is a well-known classification of finite abelian groups into products of cyclic groups. What about finite abelian group schemes, where we may put in the qualifiers "affine", "etale", or ...
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$H=\langle a,b| a=bab, b=aba\rangle $ and $\frac{H}{A}\cong\ Q_8$

Here is my problem: Let $$H=\langle a,b| a=bab, b=aba\rangle $$ and $\frac{H}{A}\cong\ Q_8$ wherein $A\leq Z(H)\cap H'$. Show that $H\cong Q_8$. Working on the elements, I could see that ...
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Possible subgroups of $\mathbb{Z}/3^6\mathbb{Z} \oplus\mathbb{Z}/3^5\mathbb{Z}\oplus\mathbb{Z}/3^2\mathbb{Z}$

$G \cong \mathbb{Z}/3^6\mathbb{Z} \oplus\mathbb{Z}/3^5\mathbb{Z}\oplus\mathbb{Z}/3^2\mathbb{Z}$ $H\leq G$ so that $G/H \cong \mathbb{Z}/3^2\mathbb{Z}\oplus\mathbb{Z}/3\mathbb{Z} $ Find all possible ...
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Icosahedral symmetry as permutation group

Hopefully an easy question: the icosahedral group of order 60 (orientation preserving symmetries of a regular icosahedron) is isomorphic to the alternating group on 5 points. In terms of the ...
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Classifications of finite nilpotent groups

I would like to understand the concept of classification in the context finite groups. For finite abelian groups and finite simple groups, it's clear to me what is meant by classification. However, ...
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Permutation group of a set

If we let $G$ be a finite permutation group of a finite set $X$ and assume that $G$ has exactly 2 orbits of the same cardinality, how can we show that there is some permutation in G that has no cycles ...
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Connection or coincidence?

Here are two lemmas, one from number theory and one from finite reflection groups. 1) [HW,p.74] Let p be an odd prime. Partition the least nonzero residues (mod p) into positive (P) and negative ...
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Cayley's theorem — more than one isomorphism

I've just been learning about Cayley's theorem and a couple of things occurred to me: We know that every finite group of order $n$ is isomorphic to some subgroup of $S_n$. But perhaps there are ...
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Does this set can say more about group?

Let $G$ be a finite group, set $\Omega=\{H\leq G\mid N_G(H)=H\}$ It is easy to observe followings; $|\Omega|=1$ if and only if $G$ is nilpotent as normalizer grows in nilpotent groups. For $H\in ...
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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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Suppose $G=\{a_1,\dots a_n\}$ is a finite abelian group and $a^2\neq e$ for all nonidentity elements. What is the product $a_1a_2\dots a_n$?

Let $G$ be a finite abelian group such that for all $a \in G$, $a\ne e$, we have $a^2\ne e$. If $a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n$ are all the elements of $G$ with no repetitions, what is the product $a_1 a_2 ...
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Visual Solution - Find All (Cyclic) Subgroups of $D_4$ generated by 1, 2, … elements - Fraleigh p. 84 8.19

Verify that the subgroup diagram for $D_4$ shown in Fig. 8.13 is correct by finding all (cyclic) subgroups generated by one element, then all subgroups generated by two elements, etc. Here, $p_i$ mean ...
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$(\mathbb{Z}/p^r\mathbb{Z})^{\ast}$ is a cyclic group

I would like to prove that the group $(\mathbb{Z}/p^r\mathbb{Z})^{\ast}$ of the invertible elements of $\mathbb{Z}/p^r\mathbb{Z}$ with $p>2$ prime and $r>0$ is cyclic. My text suggests to ...
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on the simple group $M_{11}$

As we know, the simple group $M_{11}$ is a important group,it has order $7920$, how can we prove the simple group of order $7920$ is isomorphic to $M_{11}$ ?