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Geometric way to view the truncated braid groups?

This is perhaps a vague question, but hopefully there exists literature on the subject. The question is motivated by an answer I gave to this question. I also asked a related question on MO, although ...
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Is there a “ping-pong lemma proof” that $\langle x \mapsto x+1,x \mapsto x^3 \rangle$ is a free group of rank 2?

Let $f,g: \mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ be the permutations defined by $f: x \mapsto x+1$ and $g: x \mapsto x^3$, or maybe even have $g:x \mapsto x^p$, $p$ an odd prime. In the book, by Pierre de la ...
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Distributing groups of objects into boxes

How can I enumerate the number of ways of distributing distinct groups of identical objects (but various cardinality) into $k$ boxes such that at most one box is empty $(1)$ and no combination of ...
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Functoriality of the correspondence between oligomorphic actions and $\aleph_0$-categorical theories

If a group $G$ acts on a set $X$, then the action is said to be oligomorphic if the number of orbits of $X^n$ under the action is finite for each $n$. There is a classic theorem in model theory that ...
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Proving that the given map has the path lifting property

Let $X$ be a locally compact metric space and $G$ be a discontinuous group of homeomorphisms of $X$. I need to show that the orbit map $p :$ $X \rightarrow X/G$ has the path lifting property. ...
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Group actions and associated bundles

Let $P$ be a principal $G$-bundle over $B$, and let $G$ act on some space $F$ (feel free to work in your favorite category of spaces, if this helps). Then $\text{Aut}{P}$ (aka the group of gauge ...
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Chern classes of free quotient manoflds

Let $X$ be a compact complex manifold. Assume that a finite group acts on $X$ freely. Then the quotient $X/G$ is again a compact complex manifold. I wonder if there is a good way to compute Chern ...
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What are some topos-theoretic insights about $G$-sets?

Since a $G$-set is just a functor $G\longrightarrow \mathsf{Set}$, the category of $G$-sets seems to be a simple example of a topos. What are some topos-theoretic insights into $G$-sets? Insights ...
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Two definitions of equivariant sheaves

Let $G$ be a topological group. Here are two definitions of $G$-equivariant sheaves on a $G$-space $X$. (a) Define an $G$-equivariant sheaf by a sheaf $F$ (étalé space) equipped with a $G$-action ...
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Semidirect product group actions

$H$ and $K$ are groups, and $\Gamma$ is a set acted upon by H, while $\Delta$ is a set acted upon by $K$. Let $W := K \wr_\Gamma H$, the wreath product of $H$ and $K$. I have seen theorems stating ...
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group actions of fundamental groups on homotopy groups

Let $\pi_n(\mathbb{R}P^n)$ be the $n$-th homotopy group of the $n$-dimensional projective space. Then by the long exact sequence of homotopy groups associated to the fibration $S^n\to \mathbb{R}P^n\to ...
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Normal subgroup $H$ of $G$ with same orbits of action on $X$.

I have a somewhat broad question related to group actions and their restriction to a normal subgroup. If we have a group action $\sigma : G \times X \rightarrow X$ with orbits $G_x$, and a normal ...
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Is $D$ a metric on $X/G$ and does it induce the quotient topology?

Let $(X,d)$ be a compact metric space and $G$ be a finite group of homeomorphisms of $X$. Let $p:X\rightarrow X/G$ be the orbit map. Then we can define a (psuedo) metric on $X/G$ as follows - ...
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Can we extend the group action from subgroups?

Let $G$ be a group and $H,K$ be subgroups of $G$ such that $G=<H,K>$. Suppose that $H,K$ acts on the set $S$. Is there any condition that which guarantees that action of $H,K$ is extended to ...
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Elementary consequences of commuting limits and colimits over groups

In this n-cat cafe post, it is proven that for finite groups $G,H$ of coprime order, $G$-colimits and $H$-limits commute. Later on the following theorem is mentioned: Theorem 1. $H$-limits commute ...
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Fundamental group of a space under a group action

The short version: Why does a Borcea-Voisin threefold has trivial fundamental group? Well, what is a Borcea-Voisin threefold? These are named after Borcea and Voisin, who introduced a method of ...
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Group actions on Čech cohomology

Suppose we have a curve $X$ and a group $G$ acting on $X$. Then one has an induced action of $G$ on the sheaf cohomology of $\mathcal O_X$. I wondered what one can say about the group action on the ...
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The classifying space of a gauge group

Let $G$ be a Lie group and $P \to M$ a principal $G$-bundle over a closed Riemann surface. The gauge group $\mathcal{G}$ is defined by $$\mathcal{G}=\lbrace f : P \to G \mid f(p \cdot g) = ...
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Semi-direct product isomorphic to direct product

I would like some help on the following problem from anyone who would like to help. Let $f: H \to G$ be a group homomorphism. For $h \in H$, define $\rho(h) = \phi_{f(h)} \in Aut(G)$. The situation ...
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Show that $ \mathcal{D}_H:=\bigcup_{g_i\in[H\backslash G]} g_i\cdot \mathcal{D} $ is a fundamental domain

Let $G$ be a group which acts on the set $X$. Consider a subgroup $H$ of $G$ which acts on $X$ by the restriction of the action of $G$ on $X$. Let $[H\backslash G]:=\{g_i\ \ :\ \ ...
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How to describe the points of a quotient stack?

Let $G$ be a finite algebraic group acting on a projective complex variety $X$. Then a quotient $Y=X/G$ exists as a scheme and, if $G$ acts freely, $Y$ is an orbit space and the natural map ...
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Group actions by semi-direct products of groups

I have trouble to understand the second part of the following example which I hope someone can explain to me. First let me explain the initial situation which I feel comfortable with: Consider the ...
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Moment map in general

Let the Lie group $G$ act on the smooth manifold $X$ with the map $(g,x)\to gx$. In any point $x\in X$, the differential of this map induces a linear map: $$ \mu:T_e G \to T_xX\;, $$ and globally, if ...
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Free and proper action of a closed subgroup of a Lie group

I'm taking a course on Riemannian geometry and in my homework set I'm asked to prove that the (left) action of a closed subgroup $H$ of a Lie group $G$ on $G$ is free and proper. To prove that it is ...
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A problem of a discrete group of smooth isometries acting discontinuously on a smooth manifold.

Suppose that a smooth manifold $M$ is a metric space and that $\Gamma$ is a discrete group of smooth isometries acting discontinuously on $M$. Show that the action is necessarily properly ...
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Topology on $\text{Homeo}(X)$ Which Captures Topological Group Actions.

Definition. Let $G$ be a group and $X$ be any set. We may define a group action of $G$ on $X$ as map $\cdot: G\times X\to X$ such that $e\cdot x=x$ for all $x\in X$ and $g\cdot(h\cdot x)=gh\cdot x$ ...
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Verify proof to show this is a $\sigma$ - locally finite basis.

Can someone tell me if what I have done is correct? Proposition : Let $X$ be a compact metric space and $G$ a finite group acting on it. Let $p : X \rightarrow X/G$ be the orbit map. Let $B = \{ ...
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Reference Request: Group Theory via the Group Action Perspective

I am looking for a higher undergraduate or graduate level textbook that introduces group actions after groups just as many textbooks introduce modules after rings. I think the semigroup/semigroup ...
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Ref. Request — Non-Transitive Lie Group Actions, Applications to Orbifolds/Groupoids

I'm working on a problem where I have a (highly) non-transitive Lie group action on a manifold, and I am trying to deduce the geometric structure of the quotient space. I've been looking at some ...
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Transfer homomorphism in transformation groups

I am aware of the existence of a transfer homomorphism in the setting of so called "regular $G$-complexes", as described e.g. in Bredon's Introduction to Compact Transformation Groups. But suppose ...
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Homogeneous metric on a homogeneous space $G/K$ - is this the same as a $G$ - invariant metric?

I have trouble putting down the notion of a homogeneous Riemannian metric. Suppose we are given a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ on which a compact Lie group $G$ acts transitively by isometries (this ...
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Meaning of the term $X/H$ and orbits

I am trying to find representations of the group $G=GL_2(F(t)/t^2) = (M_2(F_p) , + ) \rtimes GL_n(F)$ So I was trying to do exactly what Serre has explained in this section. I am not quite able to ...
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Motivation behind automorphism bases?

Given a model $\mathcal{M}$ with a domain $M$ and $B \subseteq M$, $B$ is an automorphism base for $\mathcal{M}$ iff $\forall f \in Aut(\mathcal{M}). (\forall b \in B. f(b)=b) \implies f = ...
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Intersection of invariant subsets of a local group action

I don't understand some facts about invariant subsets of a local group action. Basically (to save you reading definitions) local actions are germs of partial actions which in turn are just like ...
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Abelian group action exercise

Let $X$ be a set with $n$ elements and let $G$ be an abelian group acting on $X$ such that: $$(i) \space gx=x \space \forall x \implies g=1,$$ $$(ii) \space \forall x,y \in X, \exists g: gx=y.$$ Show ...
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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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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 $\mathbb{F}_{p^2}^\times/\mathbb{F}_{p}^\times$ 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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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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Partial order on the orbits of the variety of commuting nilpotent matrices

The variety of nilpotent $n\times n$ matrices $\mathcal{N}_n$ over an algebraically closed field $k$ is the disjoint union of orbits under the action of conjugation by $GL_n(k)$. These orbits are ...
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Prove that a doubly transitive group is primitive.

My Attempt: (a) $S_n$ is transitive on $\{1,2,\dots,n\}$ and for any $(i,j)\in G_a,~(i,j)i=j$ whence $G_a$ is transitive on $\{1,2,\dots,n\}-\{a\}.$ (b) Without loss of generality let $|A|\ge2.$ ...
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Infinitesimal generators of actions

Is there a method to obtain an action of an infinite dimensional Lie group starting with its infinitesimal generator ? I'm interested about actions of G on itself . And I was wondering if I can ...
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Volume of “the complex projective space” of a certain radius.

Consider the circle action on $\mathbb C^n$ given by $(e^{it},z)\to e^{it}z$. A moment map for this action is $J:\mathbb C^n\to\mathbb R:z\to -\frac{1}{2}|z|^2$. Let $M_l=J^{-1}(-\frac{l}{2})/U(1)$ ...
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Invariant cohomology for non-compact groups

Suppose I have a compact $G$-space $M$, and a differential form $\omega$ on $M$ with the property that $$ \forall g\in G\quad g\omega = \omega + d\lambda_g, \quad(*) $$ i.e. $g\omega$ is cohomologous ...
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Is there an example of a non compact, semisimple, amenable Lie group?

By semisimple I mean the real Lie algebra of $G$ is semisimple. I guess there is not but I can't formulate a rigorous argument.
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Dihedral groups acting on Riemann surfaces

I'm studying the quotient riemann surface $X/G$. I'm looking for examples of dihedral groups $D_n$ acting on some riemann surfaces $X$ or at least acting on it's Jacobian JX. Does anybody knows some ...
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A specific question on three statements in a paper about fixed point bounded groups, its interpretation and its usage w.r.t. the Sylow theorems

This is a rather specific post, but I hope nevertheless someone can help me. I am refering to a specific paper, namely K. Mayaard, R. Waldecker, Transitive permutation groups where nontrivial ...
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If stabilizer contains Sylow $2$-subgroup $S$ and another nontrivial subgroup $X$ fixing two points, then $X$ normalizes $S$

Let $G$ be a transitive, nonregular permutation group acting on $\Omega$. Suppose that $|\Omega|$ is odd, then $G_{\alpha}$ contains a full Sylow $2$-subgroup $S$ of $G$. Suppose that $G = ...
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Notions of groups acting on groups

Let $G$ be a group acting on a set $S$, by means of $(g,s)\mapsto s^g$. If $S$ is itself also a group, then it is natural to impose the further condition that $(st)^g=s^gt^g$. This seems to be the ...
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If $G$ acts such that $\mbox{fix}(g) \in \{0,3\}$ for $g \ne 1$, and stabilizers are t.i. subgroups, then the Sylow $3$-subgroups have maximal class

Let $G$ be a transitive permutation group such that every nontrivial element fixing some point fixes exactly $3$ points. Also assume that for $g \notin N_G(G_{\alpha})$ we have $$ G_{\alpha} \cap ...