For squarefree $n$, there is a formula allowing to compute the number of groups of order $n$.

I do not think that such a formula exists for cubefree numbers. If a cubefree number $n$ has the property, that there is no prime power $p^k|n$, such that $p^k\equiv 1\ (\ mod\ q\ )$ for some prime $q|n$, then every group of order $n$ is abelian and $n$ is called an abelian number.

In OEIS, I found a slightly different definition of abelian numbers. Is the criterion I mentioned correct ?

The number of abelian groups of order $n$ can be easily calculated (assuming the prime factorization of $n$ is known). But what is the situation for general cubefree numbers $n$ ?

Is the cubefree case easy enough that the number of groups can be efficiently calculated, or are there cubefree numbers $n$ (of course with known factorization), for which the number of groups of order $n$ is unknown ?

  • $\begingroup$ Yes the condition you wrote down for an abelian number is correct. It is both necessary and sufficient. But perhaps you should say that $k=1$ or $2$ (you don't want to allow $k=0$). $\endgroup$ – Derek Holt Dec 2 '15 at 13:35
  • $\begingroup$ Is the number of groups of order $p^2q^2\ ,\ p<q$ bounded from above by a constant or depending on p ? $\endgroup$ – Peter Dec 2 '15 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ It must depend on $p$. The number of groups of order $pq^2$ where $p|q-1$ increases with $p$. (It is just over $(p-1)/2$. $\endgroup$ – Derek Holt Dec 2 '15 at 18:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Derek Holt how can we conclude that the number of groups of order $p^2q^2$ is at least the number of groups of order $pq^2$ ? $\endgroup$ – Peter Dec 2 '15 at 18:59
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    $\begingroup$ If $m|n$ then the number of groups of order $n$ is at least as large as the number of order $m$. As you say, you can use just take direct products with $C_{n/m}$. The Krull-Schmidt Theorem ensures that $G \times C_k \cong H \times C_k \Rightarrow G \cong H$. $\endgroup$ – Derek Holt Dec 2 '15 at 23:05

You seem to be using "unknown" to mean that there is no simple and efficient algorithm to determine the groups of a particular order, which is not very precise.

But algorithms to determine this number have been devised and implemented.in GAP. See the final section of this Diploma Thesis by Heiko Dietrich.


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