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Is there a name for this kind of space?

Assume a Riemannian symmetric space $G/H$ where the decomposition of the Lie algebra of $G$ is $\mathfrak{g} = \mathfrak{h} \oplus \mathfrak{m}$. It is a known fact that if $\mathfrak{h}$ is the Lie ...
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Find all Lie point symmetries generators for nonlinear equation [closed]

Find all Lie symmetries generators for nonlinear equation $$u_t=\frac {-1}{u_{xx}}$$
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Classification of Differential Equations

I know that there is a theory of integrating (partial) differential equation by finding its symmetries (which form a Lie group) and making corresponding transformation of the domain. I also know ...
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Is this a spontaneous symmetry-breaking?

I have a system of equations: \begin{cases} f\left(x_{1}\right)+f\left(x_{2}\right)+P=0\\ \\ g\left(x_{1}\right)+g\left(x_{2}\right)=0 \end{cases} where $f,g$ are some functions, ...
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Problem on symmetric matrices

Let $A$ be square non-singular matrix of order $n \geq 2$. If $A$ is symmetric, then $A^2$ is symmetric positive definite. If $A^2$ is symmetric positive definite, then $A$ is symmetric. I think I ...
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Modular arithmetic of rotation a triange

A triangle is an n-gon with 3 rotational symmetries and 3 reflection symmetries. Each rotation is 120 degrees. Suppose the triangle begins with initial angle 240 degrees and rotates through 240 ...
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Points of symmetry of tessellation.

I was given this irregular hexagon: Then I was told to tessellate it: Now, I am being asked to find all the points on the hexagon (first picture) which are points of symmetry of my tessellation ...
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Is this Fractal New?

I developed some equations relating to symmetry. When used recursively, they produce what I believe is a fractal of symmetries. The fractal is procedurally generated like a snowflake or a gasket, ...
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Trade-off among symmetries

Take a set $X \in \mathbb{R}^2$ of nonzero measure $\mu(X) \neq 0$. I am attempting to design a set that has the following symmetries (continuous or discrete) $1.$ Scale symmetry $2.$ Rotation ...
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Determining the symmetry group of an infinite horizontal line.

I believe I have a satisfactory answer to the following question: Imagine we have a infinite horizontal line running through the origin, what is the associated symmetry group? Now thinking ...
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Group theory argument

I'm reading Group Theory in Physics by Wu-Ki Tung and on page 69 in the proof of Theorem 5.3 he makes a group theory statement that I don't get. Let me try give some notation and explanation ...
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Are symmetric matrices necessarily positive-definite / positive semi-definite?

I am trying to prove this just to be clear about this but I don't have enough conditions to force this idea to be true, so I doubt it is. Are symmetric matrices always at least positive ...
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Diagonally dominant matrix for Cholesky?

I have a $10^6 \times 10^6$ dense SPD matrix, which I am called to invert, by using Cholesky factorization. However, I came across this statement: We start with the Cholesky and LU ...
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Proving a theorem on a rotation about a line followed by the inversion to show that it is a reflection

A theorem in my textbook is : A rotation about a line followed by the inversion about a point on that line is a reflection or a rotary reflection. I can picture this theorem in my head on a 3D space ...
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Joint pdf of N > 1 i.i.d. random variables isotropic if and only if they are centered gaussian?

Are centered Gaussian densities given by $$f_X(x) = \frac{1}{\sigma \sqrt{2\pi}} e^{-x^2/(2 \sigma^2)}$$ the unique densities such that the joint pdf of $N > 1$ independent and identically ...
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Shifting a series of functions whilst maintaining symmetry

I have a function y = a*Exp[-(x - b)^2/2*c^2] + d*Exp[-Abs[-e*x]] + f Which is symmetrical when the coefficient of b is equal to 0 however it loses symmetry as ...
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Which wallpaper patterns can coordinates be chosen so that the group $G$ operates on the lattice $L$?

For which of the seventeen wallpaper patterns can coordinates be chosen so that the group $G$ operates on the lattice $L$? FYI, this is an Artin textbook problem. Please help. Thanks!
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Determine the formulas that represent the decomposition of vertices/edges/faces into orbits.

I've taken a basic stab at this problem. I feel like I am missing something big. Please help. Thanks! Q: Let $G$ be the group of rotational symmetries of a cube, let $G_v, G_e, G_f$ be the ...
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Describe the orbits of poles for the group of rotations of an octahedron.

Can anyone review my work on this problem and tell me if I'm missing anything major? Thanks! Q: Describe the orbits of poles for the group of rotations of an octahedron. There are $|G|=N=24$ ...
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Eigenvectors and geometrical transformation

$$A= \begin{pmatrix} 2/3 & 2/3 & -1/3 \\ 2/3 & -1/3 & 2/3 \\ -1/3 & 2/3 & 2/3 \\ \end{pmatrix}$$, I need to understand that kind of ...
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Spontaneous or not spontaneous symmetry breaking? That is the question.

I have the following system of ODEs: \begin{cases} \frac{du_{i}}{dt}=F_{i}\left(\boldsymbol{u},\boldsymbol{v}\right)+A, & i=1,\ldots M\\ \\ ...
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Show that the point group $\overline{G}$ can not be a subgroup of $G$ generated by a single glide reflection.

I have having trouble with the very last part of this problem: Q: Consider the group $G$ generated by a single glide reflection. Show that the point group is $D_1 = \{\text{id}, r\} \cong ...
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basis for symmetric square

If we have the symmetric square Sym$^{2}V$ and $V=\mathbb{C}^{2}$, why is it that $\{x^{2}, xy, y^{2}\}$ form a basis for it? So symmetric square matrices are when the main diagonal acts as a ...
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Which mathematical theory investigates distortions?

For transformations like rotations, translations or boosts Lie theory is the appropriate theory. Which theory talks in similar, systematic terms about distortions $$ M \vec{v} = m \vec{v} \quad ...
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Proving that a group is simple

I want to solve the following: Let $I$ be the group of isometries that preserve the orientation of the icosahedron. Use the class formula to show that $I$ is a simple group (i.e. It does not have ...
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Symmetry properties conserved after integration?

I have an integrand consisting of the variables a,b,w,x,y,z. Now I integrate over the variables w,x,y,z (w and x from 0 to 1 and y and z from 0 to infinity). I know that the resulting expression ...
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Simple question on group theory

Suppose we have the following system of differential equations: \begin{cases} \frac{dx_{i}}{dt}=f_{i}\left(\boldsymbol{x},\boldsymbol{y}\right), & i=1,\ldots M\\ \\ ...
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Basic questions regarding group theory and symmetry in practice

I have for some months been interested in group theory. I was very fascinated by the level of abstraction I first met when working with groups. Another aspect that has fascinated me lately is ...
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Formally correct “generator expression” for parameters of a function

I'm trying to express formally correct that a class of functions exists that have a certain property that applies to all concrete "instances" of this class. In that I try to write a "generator ...
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If $n\times n$ matrix A is symmetric, is $A^{10}$ symmetric also?

If $n\times n$ matrix A is symmetric, is $A^{10}$ symmetric also? All I can deduce is that $A^{T}=A$, but that doesn't give me much in trying to show that $A^{10}$ is symmetric. Any hints/suggestions? ...
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Idempotents and symmetries of Zn

[Soft question out of curiosity] While reading about idempotents of a ring, I used $\mathbb Z_n$ as a convenient example. In visualizing the ring's structure, I was intrigued by strange symmetries ...
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How does a Lie derivative generate a $U(1)$ isometry?

Consider a $2l$-dimensional Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ without a boundary and let $V=V^{\mu}\frac{\partial}{\partial^{\mu}}$ be a Killing vector field, i.e. $$ \mathcal{L}_Vg_{\mu \nu} = 0 ...
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Motions that Leave a Prism Invariant

Identify the group of all motions that leave a right prism invariant. It seems like the normal dihedral group, $D_n$, with respect to the base would be a subgroup of this group. That is to say that ...
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is a line of symmetry going through the center of an octagon parallel to the ground it is on?

I came across this question recently, It wanted me to find angle EDG assuming the line crossing between the octagon/polygon is it's line of symmetry. My answer was 25 degrees, but A few friends ...
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Show that $A^TA$ has at least one positive eigenvalue if $A$ is not all-zero

I need some help on showing that $A^TA$ has at least one positive eigenvalue if $A$ is not all-zero. $A$ is rectangular and can have dependent columns in general. I can show that it cannot have ...
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Probability question in group-theoretic context

I'd like to know the probability that four randomly chosen symmetries of the cube generate the whole octahedral group $C_{2}\times S_{4}$... is there some quick way of working this out, i.e. avoiding ...
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What's so special about the group axioms?

I've only just begun studying group theory (up to Lagrange) following on from vector spaces and I am still finding them almost frustratingly arbitrary. I'm not sure what exactly it is about the ...
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Surfaces of constant curvature using the conformal method

I'm doing a study of surfaces with constant curvature which leads to solving the equation: $$\Delta\phi = -e^{2\phi}K_0$$ for a 2-dimensional metric with constant curvature such that rotation around ...
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Prove that the Gaussian quadrature points are symmetric if the interval is symmetric wrt the origin.

I need to find the proof for the symmetric Gaussian quadrature points in a symmetric interval. I thought it was a popular fact but I couldn't find it on the net. I also want to prove that the ...
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Symmetries on Hilbert spaces

Let $\mathfrak{H}$ be a Hilbert space and let $\mathcal{E}(\mathfrak{H})$ be the set of all operators $T\in B(\mathfrak{H})$ such that $0\leq T\leq 1$ (these operators are also called effects on ...
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Inverse of diagonally dominant matrix with equal off-diagonal entries

Is there an explicit expression for the inverse of strictly diagonally dominant matrix with identical off-diagonal elements? For example: $$ \begin{pmatrix} a & -b & -b \\ ...
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Doubt in Peter Olver “Applications of Lie groups to differential equations”

Book: Applications of Lie groups to differential equations. Second edition (1993). Page: 117-120. Chapter: 2. Section 2.4: Calculation of symmetry groups. Example: 2.41. The heat equation. Question ...
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Product of symmetric matrices

Let $A \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ be symmetric. I am trying to understand under which conditions on $B \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ the product $AB$ is also symmetric. It is clear that if $B$ is ...
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Symmetry of PDEs

I am trying to solve the following problem: Show that $$(u,t,x) \rightarrow (u, \frac{t}{c^2t^2 - x^2}, \frac{x}{c^2t^2 - x^2})$$ is a symmetry of the Wave equation $u_{tt} - c^2u_{xx} = 0$. Some ...
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online notes on symmetric spaces

Can anyone suggest some good online lecture notes on symmetric spaces? I am interested in reading from Helgason, which is a very tough book to read. So I am searching for some places where the ...
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Integral of symmetric function

Let $f:\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}$ be such that $f(x_1,\dots,x_n)=f(x_{\sigma(1)},\dots,x_{\sigma(n)})$ for every $n$-permutation $\sigma$, and suppose that ...
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Solving a PDE to Yield Determining Equations

I'm going through an example in Peter Hydon's book "Symmetry Methods for Differential Equations" which finds the basis for the Lie Algebra of the point symmetry generators for Burgers' equations. ...
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Symmetric Icon Fractals

I have always been fascinated by fractals. But most of all I like the Symmetric Icon fractals. There is a nice book about these fractals, written by Michael Field, called Symmetry in Chaos. I'm ...
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Commutativity of matrix square root

Let $A, B \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}$ and let us assume that $A^{1/2}$ exists. I have often seen people write something like $$ AB = A^{1/2}\, B\; A^{1/2} $$ when both $A$ and $B$ are symmetric, in ...
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What is the smallest cubic bipartite asymmetric graph?

"According to a strengthened version of Frucht's theorem, there are infinitely many asymmetric cubic graphs." If there are any, what is the smallest cubic bipartite asymmetric graph? Kind of a ...