The study of symmetry: groups, subgroups, homomorphisms, group actions.

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Projective profinite groups

I'm reading the first chapter of Serre's Galois Cohomology. On p. 58, He gives two examples of projective profinite groups: the profinite completion of free (discrete) groups; the cartesian product ...
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Existence of a certain functor $F:\mathrm{Grpd}\rightarrow\mathrm{Grp}$

Let $\mathrm{Grpd}$ denote the category of all groupoids. Let $\mathrm{Grp}$ denote the category of all groups. Are there functors $F\colon\mathrm{Grpd}\rightarrow \mathrm{Grp}, ...
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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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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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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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The “smallest” and “Largest” finitely generated infinite group.

The smallest finite group that can be generated by $n$ elements and cannot be generated by any less than $n$ elements is a product of $n$ cyclic groups of order $2$. (a) Is there a largest finitely ...
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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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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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Normalizers of automorphism groups

In abstract groups $\Gamma$ the normalizer $N_\Gamma(S)$ of a subset $S\subseteq\Gamma$ is the subgroup of all $x \in \Gamma$ that commute with $S$, i.e. $xS = Sx$, i.e. $x\ y\ x^{-1} \in S $ for all ...
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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 many associative binary operations there are on a finite set?

I am studying Scott's book Group Theory. In the Exercise $1.1.17$ he asks us to show that if $S$ is a set and $|S|=n$, then there are $n^{\frac{n^{2}+n}{2}}$ commutative binary operations on $S$. But ...
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$f\colon I\rightarrow G$ and Gromov $\delta$-hyperbolicity

Please recall that $\left|\int_0^1 f(t)\,dt -w\right|\leq \int_0^1|f(t)-w|\,dt$. In general, let $(X,d)$ be a metric space. Given a function $f:I\to X$ let $m_f\in X$ be such that $d(m_f,w)\leq ...
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Let $f$ and $g$ be two group homomorphisms from $G$ to $G'$. Is $H$ a subgroup of $G$?

Can someone please verify this? Let $f$ and $g$ be two group homomorphisms from $G$ to $G'$. Let $H \subset G$ be the subset $\{x \in G: f(x)=g(x)\}$. Is $H$ a subgroup of $G$? Let $e$ and $e'$ ...
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Cogroup structures on the profinite completion of the integers

Let $\mathsf{ProFinGrp}$ be the category of profinite groups (with continuous homomorphisms). This is equivalent to the Pro-category of $\mathsf{FinGrp}$. Notice that $\widehat{\mathbb{Z}} = ...
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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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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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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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On solvable quintics and septics

Here is a nice sufficient (but not necessary) condition on whether a quintic is solvable in radicals or not. Given, $x^5+10cx^3+10dx^2+5ex+f = 0\tag{1}$ If there is an ordering of its roots such ...
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Is there any simple proof for this?

Let $G$ be a group with $|G:Z(G)|=n$ then $\phi(x)=x^n$ is a homomorphism from $G$ to $Z(G)$. I guess it has a proof using transfer theory, I wonder whether it has an elemantary proof or not. ...
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How many arrays with crossed cells, order of rows/columns irrelevant

I've been struggling with this simple problem for months though as I am a newbie to… well, maths, there's high chance someone more educated than myself may get it right! Let's consider an array or a ...
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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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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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Group of isometries of $\mathbb{R}^n$

Determine the group of isometries of $\mathbb{R}^n$ equipped with the sup metric. My wild guess is $(a_1,\ldots,a_n)\mapsto(\pm a_{\sigma(1)},\ldots,\pm a_{\sigma(n)})+(c_1,\ldots,c_n)$ where ...
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A group acting on functions of functions of functions

Given a group acting on a set $X$, there is a standard way to define an action of the group on the set of functions of $X$. This can be extended to the set of functions of functions of $X$ as I show ...
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Kernels in $\mathbf{Top}$

There is a following well-known theorem for abelian categories (at least the ones I know, Ab, $R$-mod and so on... not so familiar with categorical language to be honest) which states the following : ...
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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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Fundamental group of a compact manifold

In an article I am currently reading, the author tells us that for compact (finite dimensional topological) manifolds X and finite groups $\Gamma$, the set $$\mathrm{Hom}(\pi_1X,\Gamma)/\Gamma$$ where ...
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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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Find all subgroups of $\mathbb{Z_2} \times \mathbb{Z_2} \times \mathbb{Z_4}$ isomorphic to the Klein $4$-group - Fraleigh p. 110 Exercise 11.12

I tried to fill in the steps but I'm still confounded by this solution. $|\mathbb{Z_2} \times \mathbb{Z_2} \times \mathbb{Z_4}| = 2\cdot2\cdot4$. $order(\mathbb{Z_2} \times \mathbb{Z_2} \times ...
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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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Is there some sort of correspondence between groups and partitions of a set?

Every group action on a set $S$ partitions the set into orbits. Conversely, for every partition of $S$ is there a group action such that the set of orbits of the group action equals the partition? ...
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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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What do linearly ordered abelian groups look like?

Recently a post on MathOverflow connected a theorem about ordered abelian groups to the axiom of choice, and it made me want to try and play with these objects a bit. But it appears to me that I ...
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Orders of elements and homomorphisms.

Corollary 4.6.8 There is a group $G$ of order $n^3$ given by $G= \{b^ic^ja^k \mid 0 ≤ i, j, k < n\}$, where $a$, $b$, and $c$ all have order $n$, and $b$ commutes with $c$, $a$ commutes with ...
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Way to Tietze's Transformation Theorem

during our knot-theory lecture we have talking about the following theorem: Given two finite presentations of the same group, one can be obtained from the other by a finite sequence of Tietze ...
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What is the class of languages accepted by DFAs whose transition monoids are transitive permutation groups?

In the Wiki page A permutation automaton, or pure-group automaton, is a deterministic finite automaton such that each input symbol permutes the set of states. ..... A formal language is p-regular ...
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How is $\mathrm{PGL}(V)$ a subgroup of $\mathrm{P\Gamma L}(V)$?

I've stumbled upon a strange exercise while reading "Notes on Infinite Permutation Groups" by Bhattacharjee, Möller, Macpherson and Neumann. If you have the book, the exercise is 7(ix) on page 66. ...
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Conditions for a group to admit the structure of a Lie group

This question is motivated by a previous one: Conditions for a smooth manifold to admit the structure of a Lie group and wants to be a sort of "converse". Here I am taking an abstract group $G$ and ...
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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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Can the infinite von Dyck groups be subgroups of $SU(n)$?

I know by constructing some particular cases that I can find unitary matrices $X$, $Y$ and $Z$ such that $X^m = Y^n = Z^p = XYZ = 1$ with $$ \frac{1}{m} + \frac{1}{n}+\frac{1}{p} < 1 $$ ...
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On group automorphism of subgroup a group $G$

Let $G$ be a group and $H$ be a subgroup of $G$. When is $\rm{Aut}(H)$ a subgroup of $\rm{Aut}(G)$?
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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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I would like to show that all reflections in a finite reflection group $W :=\langle t_1, \ldots , t_n\rangle$ are of the form $wt_iw^{-1}.$

I would like to show that all reflections in a finite reflection group $W := \langle t_1, \ldots , t_n\rangle$ are of the form $wt_iw^{-1}$ for some $i$ and some $w \in W$ Clearly all such elements ...
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The number of orbits of a (normal) subgroup

I want to solve the following problem from Dummit & Foote's Abstract Algebra text: Assume $G$ acts transitively on the finite set $A$ and let $H$ be a normal subgroup of $G$. Let ...
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the homophonic group: a mathematical diversion

By definition, English words have the same pronunciation if their phonetic spellings in the dictionary are the same. The homophonic group H is generated by the letters of the alphabet, subject ...
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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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Applications of Cayley Graphs in Physics

I have been recently reading about Cayley graphs and character theory. It is evident that Cayley graphs are very useful tool in theoretical computer science. In physics, Cayley graphs seem do appear ...