[GAP Forum] Modified ConjugacyClassesSubgroups?

Alexander Hulpke ahulpke at gmail.com
Sun Oct 12 17:17:18 BST 2008

Dear Forum, Dear Joe,

I first have to amend the explanation of what the routines I mentioned  
If H is not normal in G, it is not guaranteed that this approach (or  
any other approach that computes subgroups inductively) will find all  
classes of H, when working up to G-conjugacy.

The reason is that two subgroups U,V of H might be conjugate in G, but  
not in H, and one has subgroups or supergroups in H and the other not  
(it has these subgroups in G, but they don't lie in H).

For example take G=S6 and H=<(1,2,3,4),(1,3)(56)> (isomorphic to D8)  
and U=<(1,3)(2,4)>, V=<(1,3)(5,6)>.
Then U is conjugate to V in G, but there is a subgroup of H, namely  
<(1,2,3,4)> which contains U, but V is not contained in any such  
subgroup of H. One can build similar examples for subgroups.

I cannot see how to avoid this problem for any kind of algorithm --  
this means one cannot discard G-conjugate subgroups early, but might  
need to extend/process them later, even if they themselves are G- 



On Oct 9, 2008, at 2:14 PM, Joe Bohanon wrote:

> This seems like it will get the job done, however it appears to be  
> dependent on being able to at least find zuppos of G.  For instance,  
> say G is the Suzuki sporadic group and H is its smallest maximal  
> subgroup (an A7).  The filter doesn't apply to the zuppos, and for  
> that group, I can imagine it would take a very long time to get all  
> of them.  Is there anything that would get lost by computing zuppos  
> of A7 then collapsing under conjugacy in Suz?
> I'm specifically asking because sometimes the maximal subgroups of  
> some simple groups have enormous rank elementary abelian subgroups  
> with tons of subgroups that aren't conjugate in H but end up being  
> conjugate in G.  I'm just trying to save some time by testing for  
> conjugacy in G on the front end.  I had one group that was extending  
> class 5,000 to get class 10,000, and would probably have gobbled up  
> all memory if I'd let it.
> Thanks
> Joe

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