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Action of Symmetric Group on Lie Polynomials with GAP

Let $L$ be the free Lie Algebra, freely generated by $x_1,x_2, \ldots, x_n$. Let $f$ be a polynomial in $L$ and $\sigma \in S_n$, how to do $\sigma$ act on $f$ in GAP? That is $$\sigma f(x_1, \ldots, ...
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Why is this action faithful? (Proof that the automorphism group of $A_n$ is $S_n$ for $n\geq 7$.)

I'm currently trying to work through a proof that Aut$(A_n) \cong S_n$. In particular I'm looking at theorem 2.3 (on page 18) in R. Wilson's book 'The Finite Simple Groups'. (Click here for a download ...
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How to show that $GL_n/U$ is birationally isomorphic to $B^-$?

It is said that $GL_n/U$ is birationally isomorphic to $B^-$. Here $U$ acts by right multiplication on $GL_n$. I think that $GL_n/U$ consisting of cosets. Two matrices in the same coset if any two ...
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Sufficiently transitive implies alternating sans Enormous Theorem

According to this webpage and this mathworld article, if $G<S_n$ is a permutation group which acts sextuply transitively then $G=A_n$ is the alternating group, but this fact is known on the basis ...
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Product of two stabilizers of transitive group action is proper subset of G?

Suppose $G$ is a finite group and G acts transitively on some set $X$. Let $a$ and $b$ be two distinct elements of $X$ and $G_{a}$ and $G_{b}$ be stabilizers of $a$ and $b$ respectively.Show that ...
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Orbit space of $S^n \times S^n$ under the antipodal action

Write $S^n$ for the $n$-dimensional sphere, the space of vectors of length $1$ in $(n+1)$-dimensional Euclidean space. Consider the antipodal action on $S^n$, i.e. the action of $\mathbb{Z}_2$ given ...
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Proving a group, $G$, is a group action onto some set, $X$

I want to prove that a function defines a group action: We have group $G$ of diagonal $2\times 2$ matrices under matrix multiplication, and the set $X$ of points of the Cartesian plane, eg: ...
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Number of actions of $\mathbb Z$

Let $X$ be a finite set. Determine the number of actions of $\mathbb Z$ on $X$. If $X$ is a finite set with $|X|=m$, then $|\{f:X \to X : \text{f is bijective}\}|=m!$. Finding the number of actions ...
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Normal subgroup acting on a set

I am trying to solve the following problem: Let $G$ be a group acting on a set $X$ and let $S \lhd G$. Determine the necessary and sufficient conditions so that there exists an action of $G/S$ on $X$ ...
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Confusion about Actions of the Symmetric Group

I'm working on some practice questions and I am having trouble understanding actions of the symmetric group. I have the answers, but there were no explanations as to how they were derived. I feel ...
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Prove a result on transitive group actions.

Let $G$ be a group and $A$ & $B$ be two sets s.t. $G$ acts transitively on each of $A$ & $B$. Choose some $\alpha$ and $\beta$ in $A$ & $B$ respectively then prove that if $G=G_\alpha ...
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Regular Group Actions and Functions

An action of a group $G$ on a set $X$ is regular if for any $x,x'\in X$, there exists a unique $g\in G$ with $gx=x'$. (a) Give an example. (b) Let $X$ be a set and let $G$ be a group which acts ...
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Combinatorial proof of Rothe-Hagen

Wikipediate states the Rothe-Hagen identity below generalizes Vandermonde convolution: ...
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For a transitive permutation group $G,$ show that there is some $\sigma \in G$ such that $\sigma(a) \neq a$ for all $a \in A.$

Here is a problem that I have been working on. I was able to prove part A, but am having problems with part B. Thanks! Let $G$ be a permutation group acting on a finite set $A.$ If $g\in G,$ let ...
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quotient by a group that acts almost freely

How can I show that if a compact lie group G acts almost freely and smoothly on a manifold M, then M/G is Hausdorff? (an action is almost free if $G_x$ is finite for all x $\in$ M)
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Riemannian symmetric pair $(G,H)$ with H non-compact

Let $G$ denote a connected Lie group and $H$ a closed subgroup. Suppose that $\sigma$ is an involutive automorphism of $G$. Assume that $(G,H,\sigma)$ is a Riemannian symmetric pair. So far I have ...
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How to describe $G/U$?

Let $G=SL_2(\mathbb{C})$ and let $U = \{\left( \begin{matrix} 1 & x \\ 0 & 1 \end{matrix} \right): x \in \mathbb{C}\}$. We have an action of $U$ on $G$ by right multiplication. By definition, ...
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The Weyl group of $E_6$ acting on embedded circles

I want to know the number of components of the normalizer of an arbitrary circle subgroup $S$ of (the compact real form of) the exceptional Lie group $E_6$. This number will always be $1$ or $2$. ...
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Conjugate actions

What is the definition for two group actions to be conjugate? For example a smooth action of a finite group on a manifold is locally conjugate to an orthogonal action.
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Prove a property about the centralisator

Let G be a group and $U \subseteq G$ a subgroup. Let $x \in G$ be arbitrary. How to show that $C_G(xUx^{-1})=xC_G(U)x^{-1}$ where $C_G(U):=\{g\in G : gu=ug$ $\forall u\in U\}$ For the first ...
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Covering Space of $\mathbb{C}-\{a,b\}$ via Multivalued Function

Consider the multivalued complex function $f(z)= \sqrt{z-a}+\sqrt{z-b}$, where $a\neq b$, defined in the domain $U=\mathbb{C}-\{a,b\}$. The graph $W$ of $f$ defines a regular covering space $W ...
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Must the index $k=|G:HC_G(x)|$ be finite?

I want to solve the following Exercise from Dummit & Foote's Abstract Algebra text: Assume $H$ is a normal subgroup of $G$, $\mathcal{K}$ is a conjugacy class of $G$ contained in $H$ and $x ...
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relation between eigen values

Let $W$ be a finite subgroup of $GL(V)$ and hence it acts on $V$. Now consider the contra gradient action of $W$ on $V^*$. Now how to show that the eigen value of this action is the reciprocals of the ...
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Is $GL_2(\mathbb Z)\cdot X$ a dense subset of $\mathbb R^2$?

We know that the set $D=\{a+b\sqrt{2} \mid a,b\in \mathbb Z\}$ is dense in $\mathbb R$ because $D$ is a subgroup of $(\mathbb R,+)$ that is not of the form $\alpha \mathbb Z$. So, the following set ...
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Double cosets and conjugation

Let G be a group and $h,g \in G$ with $SgT=ShT$ Show that the subgroups $gTg^{-1}\cap S$ and $hTh^{-1}\cap S$ are conjugated in S. Two subgroups $U,V$ are conjugated if $\phi(U)=gUg^{-1}=V$, right? ...
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Limit set of Kleinian group

Let $\Gamma \subset PSL_2 (\mathbb{C})$ a Kleinian group coming from a discrete faithful representation $\rho : \pi_1(M) \to PSL_2 (\mathbb{C})$ of the fundamental group of a closed connected ...
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Index and normal subgroups

I want to show the following. For an infinite group G with only two normal subgroups (G and {e}) holds: There does not exist a non-trivial subgroup of G with finite index. I think i should prove ...
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The index of the Core of a group

I have to prove the following: Let $G$ be a group and $U$ be a subgroup of $G$. Then it holds: If $U$ has finite index, then $\text{Core}_G(U):=\bigcap\limits_{g\in G}gUg^{-1}$ has also finite index. ...
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Orbits of the group action $g. (x,y) = (gx,gy)$ on cartesian product

Let $G$ be a group acting on a set $X$. Then we have a natural action on $X \times X$ in the following way: $g. (x,y) = (gx,gy)$. Then, suppose we have two points of interest $x_1,x_2 \in X$, and we ...
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Recovering a group action from sizes of orbits of individual elements

Let $G$ be a group (say, finite) and let it act on a set $X$ (say, also finite). For every element $g \in G$, we can consider its action on $X$. My rather vague question is What information about ...
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For $f \in \mathbb{R}[T_1,\dots,T_n]$ and $\sigma \in S_n$, the number of different polynomials of the form $\sigma(f)$ divides $n!$

I have the following problem that I believed I solved but am trying to understand better. Let $n\geq 2$. Consider $\sigma \in S_{n}$ and $f \in \mathbb{R}[T_1,\dots , T_n]$, let ...
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The group acts on an ordered set

Let $G$ be a group, $G$ acts on an ordered set and preserves its order, i.e. $a<b$, then $g(a)<g(b)$ for $g\in G$. Then does it imply there is a left order on $G$, i.e. $f<g$, then $fh<gh$ ...
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the group acts faithfully on the line

Let $G$ be a group. $G$ acts faithfully on the line $\mathbb{R}$ by orientation preserving homeomorphism, then does it imply $G$ is left ordered, i.e. there is an order $<$ on $G$, and if $a<b$, ...
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The action of free group on line

Let $G$ be a free group, if the action of $G$ on $\mathbb{R}$ is free, does it imply that $G$ is abelian?
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Do row and column permutations generate all permutations?

Suppose $m,n\ge 1$ are integers. Do row and column permutations of an $m\times n$ matrix generate the group of all permutations of the $mn$ entries of the matrix? More formally, let $A_1$ be the ...
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Orientation of rectangle on conic section

Consider a conic section. There are 2 rectangles such that all of the 8 vertices of the 2 rectangles lie on the conic section. Further assume that the 2 rectangles have different orientation (ie. a ...
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The function $A:\mathbb{Z}\times\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ given by $(n,x)\to nx$ is a group action on $\mathbb{R}$.

I somehow came through this True or False question, but before answering it, I just wanted to ensure some things. I understand that the axioms for $group-action$ must be met. Basically: ...
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Understanding the structure of a module over a group algebra

Suppose one has a permutation group $G$ acting on the set $[n] = \{1, 2, \ldots, n\}$, which extends naturally for any field $F$ to a $FG$-module structure on the set $F[n]^k$ of formal $F$-linear ...
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Standard action of SU(3) on $\mathbb{C}^3$

It is my understanding that SU(3) acts on $\mathbb{C}^3$ the same way SO(3) acts on $\mathbb{R}^3$, i.e. as proper rotations. If this is the case, then the orbit of $(1,0,0) \in \mathbb{C}^3$ ...
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Transitive action of $\text{SL}(n,\mathbb Z)$

$\text{SL}(n,\mathbb Z)$ acts transitively on the set of ordered pairs of distinct 1-dimensional subspaces of $\mathbb Q^n$. Could you mention an article or a book where such a proof can be found? ...
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Direct sums, tensor products etc. of $G$-vector bundles are again $G$-spaces

Given two $G$-vector bundles $E$ and $F$ over a $G$-space $X$ ($G$ some finite group), I am interested in the vector bundles $E \oplus F$, $E \otimes F$, $\operatorname{Hom}(E,F)$ etc. I am familiar ...
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Why is this a group action?

Let $G$ be a group and let $H$ be an infinite cyclic normal subgroup of $G$ of finite index. Let $K$ be the centralizer of $H$ in G, $$K=C_G(H)$$ and suppose that the index of $K$ in $G$ is 2. Let $E$ ...
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On what sets can $\mathfrak{S}_n$ act transitively?

I would like to know $\mathfrak{S}_n$ could act faithfully transitively on sets with $m$ elements, with $m > n$. I know that it is not possible if $m = n+1$ except for $n = 5$. Any ideas ?
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Action of the Unitary Group

I am working on the space $V_k (\mathbb{C}^n) = \left\lbrace (v_1, \cdots , v_k ) \in (\mathbb{C}^n)^k | \langle v_i, v_j \rangle = \delta_{ij} \right\rbrace $. I define the continuous action of ...
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Recommended textbooks for Hamiltonian group actions?

I am doing a project on Hamiltonian group actions on symplectic manifolds, and my supervisor was able to list several good books on Riemannian geometry to start me off, but he didn't know of any ...
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Connected component and group action

Let $G$ be a topological group acting on a set $X$. Let $x \in X$ and consider the orbit $G.x$ endowed with the topology coming from the quotient $G/ Stab(x)$. If $G^0$ is the connected component of ...
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How can I use Clebsch-Gordan coefficients to decompose this group representation?

Let $G$ be a compact group, $\alpha$ be a unitary irrep of $G$ with carrier space $\mathcal A$, and $\beta$ be a unitary irrep of $G$ with carrier space $\mathcal B$. Then, the action of $G$ on ...
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Topologies of flag manifolds

I'm currently reading an article discussing flag manifolds and the action of $\mathrm{PSL}(n,\mathbb{C})$ on them. A flag (in my view at least) is a nested sequence $(y^1,\ldots,y^{n-1})$ of subspaces ...
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Intersection of stabilisers

I have a short question: if $G$ acts on $X$, is the intersection of all the stabilisers the same as the conjugates of the stabilisers? In other words does, for any $z\in X:$ $$\bigcap_{g\in G} ...
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transitively action of stabilizer of G

if $G$ acts transitively on $X$ and for a special $x$ in set $X$ we have the stabilizer of $x$ acts transitively on $X-\{x\}$ can we conclude that this proposition is true for all element of $X$?