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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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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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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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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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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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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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A non-singular quotient of $\mathbb{A}^n$ by a cyclic group is isomorphic to $\mathbb{A}^n$

Let $G$ be a cyclic group acting linearly on $X := \mathbb{A}^n$. If we assume that the quotient $Y:=X/G$ is non-singular, does it follow that $Y \simeq \mathbb{A}^n$? If so, is it necessary to assume ...
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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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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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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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Volume form on $(n-1)$-sphere $S^{n-1}$

Let $\omega$ the (n-1) form on $\mathbb{R}^n$ $$\omega=\sum_{j=1}^{n}(-1)^{j-1}x_{j}dx_{1}\wedge\cdots\wedge \hat{dx_{j}}\wedge\cdots dx_{n}$$ Show that the restriction of $\omega$ to $S^{n-1}$ in ...
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What are the $SL(2, \mathbb{R})$-invariant Baire measures on $\mathbb{R}^2$?

This was an interesting problem that came up in qual studying. $SL(2, \mathbb{R})$ acts on $\mathbb{R}^2$, and hence on any measure on $\mathbb{R}^2$. What are the Baire measures (i.e. Borel ...
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Action on a group descends to an action on its factor group

Let $A$ and $B$ be groups and $N\unlhd A$ is a normal subgroup of $A$. Suppose that $B$ acts on $A$; that is, there exists a group homomorphism (not necessarily monomorphism) ...
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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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Hausdorffness of quotient space

Let $G$ be a compact topological group, and $X$ be a Hausdorff space. We assume that $G$ acts on $X$. Is the quotient space $X/G$ with the quotient topology a Hausdorff space? It seems that the ...
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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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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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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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Representation theory& module

$V$ is a left $R$ module, how do you understand the ring homomorphism $$\rho_{V}:R \to End_Z(V)$$ I know that it is like a group acting on sets, but it is very easy to understand like a group $S_n$ ...
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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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Lift a group action from a quotient

Let $p$ be a rational prime and $H$ be a finite cyclic group of prime order $l$ prime to $p$, i.e. $(l,p) = 1$. Let $G$ be a finite abelian group of $p$-power order. If I can write an (abelian) group ...
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Stabilizer map on transitive G-set defines a morphism with G acting on subgroups by conjugation

This is part of a homework problem for a graduate course on abstract algebra. Given a transitive G-set $X$, show that the map that assigns to $x \in X$ its stabilizer defines a morphism of G-sets ...
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Degree of factor in a resolvent

Background and lemma first: Let $\Theta \in k[x_1,...,x_n]^H$ and $\theta$ be its evaluation to the roots of a fixed $n$:th degree polynomial in $k[x]$. Put $L(t) = \prod_{\sigma \in S_n//H} (t-\sigma ...
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trivial group actions V.s trivial homomorphisms ?!

this question is related to the semidirect product of groups , so let $H,K$ are groups. suppose , $f:K \rightarrow H$ is a homomorphism . so $H\rtimes_f K$ is a semidirect product . the ...
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An orbit of a group action and the implicit function theorem

Suppose that a Lie group $G$ acts smoothly on a manifold $X$. We can easily prove the following theorem by using the constant rank theorem, which is a stronger theorem than the implicit function ...
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Action of a Lie group on a coset of its subgroup

I am a physicist, so sorry for the lack of rigor. It is well known that a (say compact) Lie group $G$ acts naturally by left multiplication on the coset space $G/H$ where $H\subset G$ is its (Lie) ...
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Group action and Radon measure

Let $\mathscr M(\mathbb R)$ be the Banach space of complex-valued Radon measures on $\mathbb R$, and let $\pi$ be the action of $\mathbb R$ on $\mathscr M(\mathbb R)$. Let $\mathscr A$ denote a subset ...
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Properly discontinuous action on a non-locally compact space

Let me begin with some definitions in order to avoid confusion. An action of a group $G$ on a space $X$ is proper if the map $G \times X \to X \times X$ given by $(g, x) \mapsto (x, gx)$ is proper, ...
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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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G acts freely on X. G is paradoxical implies X is also paradoxical

I am proving the Banach-Tarski paradox using a series of small results. For definition of certain terms, see here. Group $G$ acts freely on $X$ i.e. $\operatorname{Stab}(x)=e, \ \forall \ x\in X$. ...
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Certain principle bundle structure on $\mathbb{R}^{n}\setminus \{0\}$

Is there a right action of $\mathbb{H}^{2}$ on some $\mathbb{R}^{n}\setminus \{0\}$ such that this action gives us a principle fibre bundle. Here $\mathbb{H}^{2}$ is the Poincare upper plane ...
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Showing the action of $SO(p,q)$ in the punctured cone of isotropic vectors is transitive

Consider a real vector space $T$ of dimension $p+q$ with a non-degenerate symmetric bilinear form, $B:T\times T\to\mathbb{R}$, with signature $(p,q)$. Define the cone $$ ...
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Deriving that center is subset of centralizer(using group actions only)

So if we consider our group $N_G(A)$ and let the group act on the set A $\in$ P(G) via conjugation and consider the kernel we will get precisely the kernel being the centralizer, and since the kernel ...
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Show that the action is transitive

$G$ is a finite group with a subgroup $H$. Let $\rho_1:G \to GL(V)$ and $\rho_2:H \to GL(U)$ be irreducible representations. $Z=\mathbb{C}[G]^H$, i.e., $Z$ is the centralizer of $H$ in ...