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Burnside's Lemma and Stirling Numbers of the First Kind

I've seen that $n!=\displaystyle\sum_{p=0}^n s(n, p)n^p$, where $s(n, p)$ are the signed Stirling Numbers of the First Kind, whose absolute values count the number of permutations in $S_n$ which have ...
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Action of $SO_n$ on $\mathbb{S}^{n-1}$ induces fibre bundle.

Real compact Lie group $SO_n$ acts smoothly and transitively on $\mathbb{S}^{n-1} \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ with obvious action. Isotropy subgroup of each point in $\mathbb{S}^{n-1}$ is isomoprhic to ...
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Representation of $GL_2$ on $K^2$

In one of my problems it says the following: Let $K$ be an infinite field. Consider the linear action of $GL_2$ on $K[x,y]$ induced by the natural representation of $GL_2$ on $K^2$. I don't know what ...
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Cardinality of rational exponentiation orbit space

Let $X=(0,\infty)$ be the set of positive real numbers. Let $G=\mathbb{Q}\backslash\{0\}$ be the multiplicative group of rational numbers. $G$ acts freely on $X$ by exponentiation: $r\cdot x=x^r$ for ...
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Why are isotropy groups named as such?

Why are isotropy groups, also known as stabilizers, named as such? In physics, the word isotropy means having the same property in all directions. Can one draw an analogy from this to interpret the ...
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Orbits of action of $SL_m(\mathbb{Z})$ on $\mathbb{Z}^m$

I'm considering the action of $SL_m(\mathbb{Z})$ on $\mathbb{Z}^m$: if $A\in SL_m(\mathbb{Z})$ and $v\in\mathbb{Z}^m$, then $Av\in\mathbb{Z}^m$. My question is: what are the orbits of this action? ...
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Ring A is integral over the subring of invariants under a finite group action

I need to prove that if G is a finite group that acts on ring A, and $A^G$ is the subring consisting of elements of A which are invariant under all g in G, then A is integral over $A^G$. The hint ...
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Isometry groups acting transitively

Let $X$ be a metric space and $G$ be its group of isometries. 1) Is it true that $G$ acts on $X$ transitively? If so, where can I find a proof? If not, how can one characterize those $X$ for which ...
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Invariance of Decomposition of Invariant Functional

Let $Q$ a locally compact group acting on a locally compact space $X$ on the left. Let $\mathcal{A}$ a Banach space of bounded continuous functions $f:X\to\mathbb{C}$ and $m\in\mathcal{A}^{\ast}$ a ...
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Finding unique manifold structure by action

Let $M$ be a manifold and suppose that the discrete group $G$ acts smooth and faithfull on $M$. Assume that we know that the orbit space $M/G$ is Hausdorff with respect to the quotienttopology and ...
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Orbits of action of $SL_2(\mathbb{Z})$ on lattice

I'm interested in the action of $SL_2(\mathbb{Z})$ on $\mathbb{Z}^2$: if $A\in SL_2(\mathbb{Z})$ and $v\in\mathbb{Z}^2$, then $Av\in\mathbb{Z}^2$. Specifically, what are the orbits of this action?
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Circle action on the product of a Mobius band and a circle.

Consider the product of a Möbius band and a circle $Mo\times S^1$. Is there a circle action on $Mo\times S^1$ such that it is equivariantly homeomorphic to the twisted product $D^2 ...
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If a finite group $|G|$ acts transitively on a set $X$ with $|X|=2^n$, $n \geq 1$, then $G$ has an involution with no fixed points

Let $G$ be a finite group acting transitively on a set $X$, where $|X| = 2^n$ for some $n \geq 1$. Show that some element of $G$ acts as an involution with no fixed points. While it is fairly easy ...
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Can we prove $H \cong xHx^{-1}$ given $H \le G, x \in G$ using group action?

The exercise is as follows: $G$ is a group, $H \le G$. For any $x \in G$, to prove that $H \cong xHx^{-1}$. I am able to prove this isomorphism by defining a bijection $f : h \mapsto xhx^{-1}$ ...
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$\bar{L}$ points of $GL_{(ab)^2}/PGL_a\times PGL_b$

I am reading the paper "Matrix invariants of composite size" by A. Schofield (see here), and I have trouble understanding some one of his arguments, and I hope someone can explain them to me. He ...
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How to write Cayley representation permutations as cycles?

The representation of $g \rightarrow xg$ was given to us as Cayley representation. I believe it means that every group element $g \in G$ is mapped to another element $xg$ where $x$ is the same for ...
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From the representation category of a Lie group and the representation on a homogeneous space, can we reconstruct the stabiliser subgroup reps? [migrated]

Given a Lie group $G$ and a transitive action $- \triangleright - : G \times X \to X$ on a homogeneous space, we can recover the stabiliser subgroup $H_x$ of a point $x \in X$. It is the subgroup of ...
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Compute $S_3$ acting by conjugation on the set $X$ of $6$ subgroups of $S_3$

I know that the subgroups of $S_3$ are $\{e\}$, $\langle(12)\rangle$, $\langle(13)\rangle$, $\langle(23)\rangle$, $A_3$, and $S_3$. What I also know is that conjugation is $C_g(H) = gHg^{-1}$. Thus in ...
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Finding a fundamental polygon for two-generator subgroup of PSL(2,R)

Suppose we are given two hyperbolic isometries $A$ and $B$ with intersecting axes. Assume also that the commutator $\left[A,B\right]$ is an elliptic element (perhaps of infinite order). I would like ...
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Action of a Lie group, a map of constant rank

Consider some Lie group $G$, smooth manifold $X$ and some action of $G$, i.e. a group homomorphism $\mathcal{A}: G\longrightarrow \mathrm{Diffeo}(X)$ such that the map $(g,x)\mapsto ...
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prime cycle in permutation groups

I'm trying to use the jordan theorem and for that we need find the prime cycle on permutation group which i don't have idea how to find it . (my English is poor, so sorry for this)
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six transitive permutation groups

If I'm explaining right than please give me some hints about how we prove a permutation group is six transitive. I have proved that it is two transitive because stabilizer of one point acts ...
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Question about May's Algebraic Topology book

I am referring Google Books for the question: link in the proof of the first lemma, why is $hns=\phi(hs)$ true? I simply cannot get it...
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Action of $\mathbb{F}_{p^2}^\times/\mathbb{F}_{p}^\times$ on $P^1(\mathbb{F}_p)$

Let $p$ be prime. Let $\alpha$ be a generator of the finite field $\mathbb{F}_{p^2}$. So, $\mathbb{F}_{p^2}=\mathbb{F}_p[\alpha]$. Multiplication by $\alpha$ is an $\mathbb{F}_p$-linear operator on ...
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Notation for pointwise versus “setwise” stabilizers

Suppose one is working with both pointwise and setwise stabilizers of sets under a group action. Are there common conventions for notationally distinguishing these two notions? How common are they? ...
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Is the stabilizer of an element $\delta$ in the stabilizer of $\omega$ in G equal to the pointwise stabilizer of $\{ \delta, \omega \}$

i.e., is $(G_{\delta})_{\omega} = G_{( \{\delta, \omega\} )}$? I know that \begin{eqnarray*} (G_{\delta})_{\omega} &=& \{ \forall g \in G_{\delta} \,|\, \omega^g = \omega \} \\ &=& ...
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How to prove that $N$ is 2-transitive on $\Omega$?

Suppose $\Omega$ is a finite set with $|\Omega| \geq 5$. Let $G$ act faithfully on $\Omega$ such that $G$ is 4-transitive on $\Omega$. Let $N$ be a normal, nontrivial, nonregular subgroup of $G$. I ...
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What is the centralizer of (1 2 3)(4 5 6) in $S_6$

So far, I've seen that the following permutations are in the centralizer: $(1 4), (2 5), (3 6)$, products of these transpositions(EDIT: not all of these are in the centralzier), $(1 2 3), (1 3 2), (4 ...
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Does $GL(n,K)$ act transitively on $1$-dim subspaces of $K$

If we let $K$ be a field and $GL(n,K)$ act by right multiplication on the $1$-dim subspaces of $K^n$. Then if we take $\langle v_1 \rangle, \ldots \langle v_n \rangle \in K^n$ distinct and $\langle ...
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What is an algebraic automorphism over $k$?

I'm reading some notes about the action of finite groups on algebraic varieties, and I've found this sentence. Let $Y$ be a scheme of finite type over a field k, and let $G$ be a finite group, ...
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a question concerning subgroup of symmetric group

Suppose $H$ is a transitive subgroup of the symmetric group of $n$ symbols. Show that $n$ divides the order of $H$. I tried to show that some $n$-cycle is in $H$ but this idea did not work.
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Show that group action is homomorphism to Symmetric group

I'm just barely getting my feet wet with abstract algebra, currently working on understanding group action. According to the wikipedia article, a group action $A$ of group $G$ on set $X$ is a group ...
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the cardinal of $x^G$ factors the cardinal of $x^N$

please give me hints to solve this problem: Let $G$ acts on $X$ and $N$ be a normal subgroup of $G$, show that for every $x\in X$ we have: the cardinality of $x^G$ factors the cardinality of $x^N$ .
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Groups acting on schemes: the quotient scheme doesn't always exist.

Preliminary notion: Consider the action of a group $G$ on an object $X$ of some category $\mathcal C$. We have a group homomorphism $\rho:G\longrightarrow\operatorname{Aut}(X)$ which sends $g$ in ...
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Why care about group actions?

Let X be a space (topological space, manifold, etc) and let the group G act continuously on X. What extra (homotopical, homological, cohomological, diffeomorphical etc) data can extracted from X when ...
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Dimension of a $G$-variety $X$ that is a finite union of $G$-orbits

Suppose that $G$ is an algebraic group acting on a variety $X$, and $X$ is a finite disjoint union of $G$-orbits $\mathcal{O}_i$, $i=1,\ldots,n$, under this action. Is it true that the dimension of ...
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Transitive group action restricted to normal subgroup

Let $G$ be a finite group, and let $\Omega$ be a transitive $G$-space. Assume 1 $\neq H \unlhd G$ and that |$\Omega$| = $p$ where $p$ is prime, and $G \leq Sym(\Omega)$. Deduce that then $H$ must act ...
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Embedding monomorphism between Symmetric Groups

Suppose that $m$ and $n$ are positive integers, and $m<n$. Define $I:S_m \rightarrow S_n$ as follows: Given $\alpha \in S_m$, we let $\hspace{150pt}I(\alpha)(k)=\alpha(k) ...
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Poincaré's theorem about groups

Let $G$ be a group and $H<G$ such that $[G:H]<\infty$. There exists a subgroup $N\triangleleft G$ such that $[G:N]<\infty$. I have to show this fact (that according to my book is due to ...
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Inequality regarding orbits of groups

I've been working on a question for a few days now, and I'm stuck on proving a claim that I don't know if there's any reason for it to be true. I'll write it here in the greatest generality I can ...
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How we show primitive action shows alternating group

I have a graph (as shown in figure), which represents a quotient of the group $$G=\langle A,B,C,D; A^3=B^2=C^3=D^2=(AC)^2=(AD)^2=(BC)^2=(BD)^2=1 \rangle.$$ I proved that $G$ acts 2-transitively and so ...
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Is there an easy way to tell if these two SO(2)s in SO(4) are conjugate?

I am currently interested in quotients of Lie groups by submaximal tori. $G = Sp(1) \times Sp(1)$ double-covers $SO(4)$, as noted at The Quaternions and $SO(4)$. Define a circle subgroup $T = \{1\} ...
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Dimension of a constructible set intersecting each orbit of a $G$-variety

In preparing a talk I'm having trouble with exercise 3 and 4 on page 25 of the following Lecture Notes of Crawley-Boevey (I only need the case $X=Y$ there): $\text{3.}$ Let $X$ be a variety ...
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“Fundamental region” for non-discrete Moebius groups.

Suppose we are given a discrete, faithful representation $\rho$ of $F_2=\langle a,b|\rangle$, the free group on two generators, into $\mathbb{P}SL(2,\mathbb{R})$, so that the quotient is homeomorphic ...
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Orbits that 'coalesce'

Let $R$ be a commutative ring, $G$ a group scheme over $\mathrm{Spec}\;R$, and $X$ a scheme over $\mathrm{Spec}\;R$ on which $G$ acts $R$-morphically via $G\times X\to X$. Suppose $S$ is another ...
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What are the conjugacy classes in $\mathrm{Aut}(G)$?

Let $G$ be an arbitrary group, and let $\mathrm{Aut}(G)$ be the group of automorphisms of $G$ (with composition of morphisms as multiplication). I'd like to learn more about the problem of ...
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The anti-symmetrization and simetrization operators are mutually orthogonal

For each vector $x=(x_1,\dots,x_n)$ of an $n$-dimensional vector space $V$, and for each permutation $s$ of the symmetric group on the $n$-element set $S_n$, put $s(x)=(x_{s(1)},\dots,x_{s(n)})$. Then ...
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What motivates the definition of “Periodic” group action

Consider a group $G$ acting on a set $\Omega$. For example, let $G=\{g\in A(\mathbb R):(\alpha +1)g=\alpha g+1\}$ for all $\alpha\in\mathbb R$, where $A(\mathbb R)$ are the order-preserving ...
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Group action on set of maps - formula

It is given that $G:X$ and $G:Y$. Does this $[g\bullet f](x) := g\bullet f(g\bullet x)$ formula define group action $G:(Y^{X})$ I guess it doesn't, but I can't prove it as for now. And there must be ...
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Notation for permutation corresponding to the action of a group element

Let $G \times X \to X,\ \ (g,x) \mapsto g.x$ be an action of $G$ on $X$, i.e., $e.x = x$ for all $x \in X$; $gh.x = g.(h.x)$ for all $g \in G$, $x \in X$. For a fixed $g \in G$, how should I refer ...