A group is an algebraic structure consisting of a set of elements together with an operation that satisfies four conditions: closure, associativity, identity and invertibility. Group theory studies groups.

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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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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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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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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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On distributivity of lattice of group topologies

Let $\frak L$ be the set of all topologies $\mathcal T$ on $\Bbb Q$ (the additive group of all rational numbers) such that $(\Bbb Q,\mathcal T)$ is a topological group. Then $(\frak L,\subseteq)$ is a ...
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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 $G$ respectively. 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 ...
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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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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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Curtains and groups

This picture is a copy of the pattern on my curtains. The points of a hexagonal lattice are each coloured with one of four possible colours. It has translational symmetry in two directions: a ...
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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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$f\colon I\rightarrow G$ 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Variational formulations in group theory?

I apologise if this is a naïve question. Are there any known / widely applicable / important variational formulations in (finite) group theory? That is, a relationship of the form $$\alpha(G) = ...
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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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The order of $H$ is relatively prime to its index $[G:H]$

Suppose that a subgroup $H$ of a finite group $G$ satisfies one of the following two conditions: (i) For any nonidentity element $x$ of $H$ we have $C_{G}(x) \subset H$ (ii) If $K$ is a subgroup of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“Semidirect product” of graphs?

The first subquestion is "has a standard notion of semidirect product been defined in graph theory"? If yes, i'd like to know if the definition i'm gonna give is equivalent to the standard one. I'd ...
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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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$G$ is finite, $A \leq G$ and all double cosets $AxA$ have the same cardinality, show that $A \triangleleft G$

If $G$ is a finite group and $A$ is a subgroup of $G$ such that all double cosets $AxA$ have the same number of elements, show that $gAg^{-1}=A$ for all $g \in G$. Here is my attempt, I guess it's ...
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How do the infinitesimal generators generate the whole compact Lie group?

Suppose that $G$ is a connected compact Lie group, $g(a)\in G$ is its element, and $a=(a_1,a_2,...,a_r)$ is the parameter of the group element $g(a)$. Then the infinitesimal generator of the group can ...
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Higman group with 3 generators is trivial

The group $G$ generated by $x,y,z$ subject to the relations $[x,y]=y$, $[y,z]=z$, $[z,x]=x$ is trivial. This isn't the case for the corresponding group with 4 generators, which is the famous Higman ...
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Why is the Monster group the largest sporadic finite simple group?

I do know that there is a "long proof" (I have read that it is +1000pages) that the Monster group is the largest sporadic simple group. My question is: Why can we be sure that there is no other ...
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How strong is the statement that Thompson F is amenable?

Justin Moore's proof turned out to have an error I just attended Justin Moore's talk on this today. Since I am neither a group theorist nor a combinatorist, and is not familiar with ultrafilters I ...
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index 2 subgroups of the infinite product of Z/2Z

Is it possible to describe all the index 2 subgroups of the group $G = \prod_{i\in \mathbb{N}}\; \mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$? For example, one can take the kernel of the $i$-th projection map ...
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Classify groups of order 171

This is a problem from Stanford Algebra Qualifying Exam, Fall 1998. I know the standard way is to use Sylow theorems and semidirect product. $171 = 9\cdot 19$. By Sylow theorems, $n_3|19$ and ...
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Cardinality of set of groups

After analyzing this question I started wondering. Thoughts. Everyone can give a simple example of a countable group $G, |G| = \aleph_0$ which has uncountable number $2^{\aleph_0}$ subgroups, for ...
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How can I have a copy of this old paper?

How can I have a copy of this old paper and a translation of it? Frobenius, G. (1902). Uber primitive Gruppen des Grades n und der Klasse n - 1. S. B. Akad. Berlin 1902, 455-459.
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Wreath product (Rotman, p.173)

I have a question about the explanation of wreath product in Rotman's "An introduction to the theory of groups (4th ed.)." Let $D$ and $Q$ be groups, $\Lambda$ be a $D$-set, $\Omega$ be a finite ...
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Automorphisms of $GL_2(\mathbb{Z}/p^{n}\mathbb{Z})$

Let $p$ a prime and $n$ a positive integer, What are the outer automorphisms of the finite linear group $GL_2(\mathbb{Z}/p^{n}\mathbb{Z})$? do we know a complete list of them? Is there any thing on ...
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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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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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Orbit space of a free, proper G-action principal bundle

Let $G$ be a topological group and let $r \colon E \times G \to E$ be a continuous right-action on a topological space $X$. If $p\colon E \to B$ is a continuous map into a topological space $B$ such ...
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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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Combinatorial total space for finitely generated torsion-free groups?

Motivation: I'm an operator algebraist and I'm looking for an answer to the main question in order to build non-trivial spectral triples for a class (as large as possible) of discrete groups. $\to$ ...
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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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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 ...