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This chapter describes the various group product constructions that are possible in **GAP**.

At the moment for some of the products methods are available only if both factors are given in the same representation or only for certain types of groups such as permutation groups and pc groups when the product can be naturally represented as a group of the same kind.

**GAP** does not guarantee that a product of two groups will be in a particular representation. (Exceptions are `WreathProductImprimitiveAction`

(49.4-2) and `WreathProductProductAction`

(49.4-3) which are construction that makes sense only for permutation groups, see `WreathProduct`

(49.4-1)).

**GAP** however will try to choose an efficient representation, so products of permutation groups or pc groups often will be represented as a group of the same kind again.

Therefore the only guaranteed way to relate a product to its factors is via the embedding and projection homomorphisms, see 49.6.

The direct product of groups is the cartesian product of the groups (considered as element sets) with component-wise multiplication.

`‣ DirectProduct` ( G[, H, ...] ) | ( function ) |

`‣ DirectProductOp` ( list, expl ) | ( operation ) |

These functions construct the direct product of the groups given as arguments. `DirectProduct`

takes an arbitrary positive number of arguments and calls the operation `DirectProductOp`

, which takes exactly two arguments, namely a nonempty list `list` of groups and one of these groups, `expl`. (This somewhat strange syntax allows the method selection to choose a reasonable method for special cases, e.g., if all groups are permutation groups or pc groups.)

**GAP** will try to choose an efficient representation for the direct product. For example the direct product of permutation groups will be a permutation group again and the direct product of pc groups will be a pc group.

If the groups are in different representations a generic direct product will be formed which may not be particularly efficient for many calculations. Instead it may be worth to convert all factors to a common representation first, before forming the product.

For a direct product \(P\), calling `Embedding`

(32.2-11) with \(P\) and \(n\) yields the homomorphism embedding the \(n\)-th factor into \(P\); calling `Projection`

(32.2-12) with `P` and `n` yields the projection of \(P\) onto the \(n\)-th factor, see 49.6.

gap> g:=Group((1,2,3),(1,2));; gap> d:=DirectProduct(g,g,g); Group([ (1,2,3), (1,2), (4,5,6), (4,5), (7,8,9), (7,8) ]) gap> Size(d); 216 gap> e:=Embedding(d,2); 2nd embedding into Group([ (1,2,3), (1,2), (4,5,6), (4,5), (7,8,9), (7,8) ]) gap> Image(e,(1,2)); (4,5) gap> Image(Projection(d,2),(1,2,3)(4,5)(8,9)); (1,2) gap> f:=FreeGroup("a","b");; gap> g:=f/ParseRelators(f,"a2,b3,(ab)5"); <fp group on the generators [ a, b ]> gap> f2:=FreeGroup("x","y");; gap> h:=f2/ParseRelators(f2,"x2,y4,xy=Yx"); <fp group on the generators [ x, y ]> gap> d:=DirectProduct(g,h); <fp group on the generators [ a, b, x, y ]>

The semidirect product of a group \(N\) with a group \(G\) acting on \(N\) via a homomorphism \(\alpha\) from \(G\) into the automorphism group of \(N\) is the cartesian product \(G \times N\) with the multiplication \((g, n) \cdot (h, m) = (gh, n^{{h^\alpha}}m)\).

`‣ SemidirectProduct` ( G, alpha, N ) | ( operation ) |

`‣ SemidirectProduct` ( autgp, N ) | ( operation ) |

constructs the semidirect product of `N` with `G` acting via `alpha`, which must be a homomorphism from `G` into a group of automorphisms of `N`.

If `N` is a group, `alpha` must be a homomorphism from `G` into a group of automorphisms of `N`.

If `N` is a full row space over a field `F`, `alpha` must be a homomorphism from `G` into a matrix group of the right dimension over a subfield of `F`, or into a permutation group (in this case permutation matrices are taken).

In the second variant, `autgp` must be a group of automorphism of `N`, it is a shorthand for `SemidirectProduct(`

. Note that (unless `autgp`,IdentityMapping(`autgp`),`N`)`autgrp` has been obtained by the operation `AutomorphismGroup`

(40.7-1)) you have to test `IsGroupOfAutomorphisms`

(40.7-2) for `autgrp` to ensure that **GAP** knows that `autgrp` consists of group automorphisms.

gap> n:=AbelianGroup(IsPcGroup,[5,5]); <pc group of size 25 with 2 generators> gap> au:=DerivedSubgroup(AutomorphismGroup(n));; gap> Size(au); 120 gap> p:=SemidirectProduct(au,n);; gap> Size(p); 3000 gap> n:=Group((1,2),(3,4));; gap> au:=AutomorphismGroup(n);; gap> au:=First(AsSet(au),i->Order(i)=3);; gap> au:=Group(au); <group with 1 generators> gap> IsGroupOfAutomorphisms(au); true gap> SemidirectProduct(au,n); <pc group with 3 generators> gap> n:=AbelianGroup(IsPcGroup,[2,2]); <pc group of size 4 with 2 generators> gap> au:=AutomorphismGroup(n);; gap> apc:=IsomorphismPcGroup(au);; gap> g:=Image(apc); Group([ f1, f2 ]) gap> apci:=InverseGeneralMapping(apc);; gap> IsGroupHomomorphism(apci); true gap> p:=SemidirectProduct(g,apci,n); <pc group of size 24 with 4 generators> gap> IsomorphismGroups(p,Group((1,2,3,4),(1,2))) <> fail; true gap> SemidirectProduct(SU(3,3),GF(9)^3); <matrix group of size 4408992 with 3 generators> gap> SemidirectProduct(Group((1,2,3),(2,3,4)),GF(5)^4); <matrix group of size 7500 with 3 generators> gap> g:=Group((3,4,5),(1,2,3));; gap> mats:=[[[Z(2^2),0*Z(2)],[0*Z(2),Z(2^2)^2]], > [[Z(2)^0,Z(2)^0], [Z(2)^0,0*Z(2)]]];; gap> hom:=GroupHomomorphismByImages(g,Group(mats),[g.1,g.2],mats);; gap> SemidirectProduct(g,hom,GF(4)^2); <matrix group of size 960 with 3 generators> gap> SemidirectProduct(g,hom,GF(16)^2); <matrix group of size 15360 with 4 generators>

For a semidirect product \(P\) of `G` with `N`, calling `Embedding`

(32.2-11) with \(P\) and `1`

yields the embedding of `G`, calling `Embedding`

(32.2-11) with \(P\) and `2`

yields the embedding of `N`; calling `Projection`

(32.2-12) with `P` yields the projection of \(P\) onto `G`, see 49.6.

gap> Size(Image(Embedding(p,1))); 6 gap> Embedding(p,2); [ f1, f2 ] -> [ f3, f4 ] gap> Projection(p); [ f1, f2, f3, f4 ] -> [ f1, f2, <identity> of ..., <identity> of ... ]

The subdirect product of the groups \(G\) and \(H\) with respect to the epimorphisms \(\varphi\colon G \rightarrow A\) and \(\psi\colon H \rightarrow A\) (for a common group \(A\)) is the subgroup of the direct product \(G \times H\) consisting of the elements \((g,h)\) for which \(g^{\varphi} = h^{\psi}\). It is the pull-back of the following diagram.

G | phi psi V H ---> A

`‣ SubdirectProduct` ( G, H, Ghom, Hhom ) | ( function ) |

constructs the subdirect product of `G` and `H` with respect to the epimorphisms `Ghom` from `G` onto a group \(A\) and `Hhom` from `H` onto the same group \(A\).

For a subdirect product \(P\), calling `Projection`

(32.2-12) with \(P\) and \(n\) yields the projection on the \(n\)-th factor. (In general the factors do not embed into a subdirect product.)

gap> g:=Group((1,2,3),(1,2)); Group([ (1,2,3), (1,2) ]) gap> hom:=GroupHomomorphismByImagesNC(g,g,[(1,2,3),(1,2)],[(),(1,2)]); [ (1,2,3), (1,2) ] -> [ (), (1,2) ] gap> s:=SubdirectProduct(g,g,hom,hom); Group([ (1,2,3), (1,2)(4,5), (4,5,6) ]) gap> Size(s); 18 gap> p:=Projection(s,2); 2nd projection of Group([ (1,2,3), (1,2)(4,5), (4,5,6) ]) gap> Image(p,(1,3,2)(4,5,6)); (1,2,3)

`‣ SubdirectProducts` ( G, H ) | ( function ) |

this function computes all subdirect products of `G` and `H` up to conjugacy in the direct product of Parent(`G`) and Parent(`H`). The subdirect products are returned as subgroups of this direct product.

The wreath product of a group \(G\) with a permutation group \(P\) acting on \(n\) points is the semidirect product of the normal subgroup \(\textit{G}^n\) with the group \(P\) which acts on \(\textit{G}^n\) by permuting the components.

Note that **GAP** always considers the domain of a permutation group to be the points moved by elements of the group as returned by `MovedPoints`

(42.3-3), i.e. it is not possible to have a domain to include fixed points, I.e. \(P = \langle (1,2,3) \rangle\) and \(P = \langle (1,3,5) \rangle\) result in isomorphic wreath products. (If fixed points are desired the wreath product \(G \wr T\) has to be formed with a transitive overgroup \(T\) of \(P\) and then the pre-image of \(P\) under the projection \(G \wr T \rightarrow T\) has to be taken.)

`‣ WreathProduct` ( G, H[, hom] ) | ( operation ) |

`‣ StandardWreathProduct` ( G, H ) | ( operation ) |

`WreathProduct`

constructs the wreath product of the group `G` with the group `H`, acting as a permutation group.

If a third argument `hom` is given, it must be a homomorphism from `H` into a permutation group, and the action of this group on its moved points is considered.

If only two arguments are given, `H` must be a permutation group.

`StandardWreathProduct`

returns the wreath product for the (right regular) permutation action of `H` on its elements.

For a wreath product \(W\) of `G` with a permutation group \(P\) of degree \(n\) and \(1 \leq i \leq n\) calling `Embedding`

(32.2-11) with \(W\) and \(i\) yields the embedding of `G` in the \(i\)-th component of the direct product of the base group \(\textit{G}^n\) of \(W\). For \(i = n+1\), `Embedding`

(32.2-11) yields the embedding of \(P\) into \(W\). Calling `Projection`

(32.2-12) with \(W\) yields the projection onto the acting group \(P\), see 49.6.

gap> g:=Group((1,2,3),(1,2)); Group([ (1,2,3), (1,2) ]) gap> p:=Group((1,2,3)); Group([ (1,2,3) ]) gap> w:=WreathProduct(g,p); Group([ (1,2,3), (1,2), (4,5,6), (4,5), (7,8,9), (7,8), (1,4,7)(2,5,8)(3,6,9) ]) gap> Size(w); 648 gap> Embedding(w,1); 1st embedding into Group( [ (1,2,3), (1,2), (4,5,6), (4,5), (7,8,9), (7,8), (1,4,7)(2,5,8)(3,6,9) ] ) gap> Image(Embedding(w,3)); Group([ (7,8,9), (7,8) ]) gap> Image(Embedding(w,4)); Group([ (1,4,7)(2,5,8)(3,6,9) ]) gap> Image(Projection(w),(1,4,8,2,6,7,3,5,9)); (1,2,3)

`‣ WreathProductImprimitiveAction` ( G, H ) | ( function ) |

For two permutation groups `G` and `H`, this function constructs the wreath product of `G` and `H` in the imprimitive action. If `G` acts on \(l\) points and `H` on \(m\) points this action will be on \(l \cdot m\) points, it will be imprimitive with \(m\) blocks of size \(l\) each.

The operations `Embedding`

(32.2-11) and `Projection`

(32.2-12) operate on this product as described for general wreath products.

gap> w:=WreathProductImprimitiveAction(g,p);; gap> LargestMovedPoint(w); 9

`‣ WreathProductProductAction` ( G, H ) | ( function ) |

For two permutation groups `G` and `H`, this function constructs the wreath product in product action. If `G` acts on \(l\) points and `H` on \(m\) points this action will be on \(l^m\) points.

The operations `Embedding`

(32.2-11) and `Projection`

(32.2-12) operate on this product as described for general wreath products.

gap> w:=WreathProductProductAction(g,p); <permutation group of size 648 with 7 generators> gap> LargestMovedPoint(w); 27

`‣ KuKGenerators` ( G, beta, alpha ) | ( function ) |

If `beta` is a homomorphism from `G` into a transitive permutation group, \(U\) the full preimage of the point stabilizer and `alpha` a homomorphism defined on (a superset) of \(U\), this function returns images of the generators of `G` when mapping to the wreath product \((U \textit{alpha}) \wr (\textit{G} \textit{beta})\). (This is the Krasner-Kaloujnine embedding theorem.)

gap> g:=Group((1,2,3,4),(1,2));; gap> hom:=GroupHomomorphismByImages(g,Group((1,2)), > GeneratorsOfGroup(g),[(1,2),(1,2)]);; gap> u:=PreImage(hom,Stabilizer(Image(hom),1)); Group([ (2,3,4), (1,2,4) ]) gap> hom2:=GroupHomomorphismByImages(u,Group((1,2,3)), > GeneratorsOfGroup(u),[ (1,2,3), (1,2,3) ]);; gap> KuKGenerators(g,hom,hom2); [ (1,4)(2,5)(3,6), (1,6)(2,4)(3,5) ]

Let \(G\) and \(H\) be groups with presentations \(\langle X \mid R \rangle\) and \(\langle Y \mid S \rangle\), respectively. Then the free product \(G*H\) is the group with presentation \(\langle X \cup Y \mid R \cup S \rangle\). This construction can be generalized to an arbitrary number of groups.

`‣ FreeProduct` ( G[, H, ...] ) | ( function ) |

`‣ FreeProduct` ( list ) | ( function ) |

constructs a finitely presented group which is the free product of the groups given as arguments. If the group arguments are not finitely presented groups, then `IsomorphismFpGroup`

(47.11-1) must be defined for them.

The operation `Embedding`

(32.2-11) operates on this product.

gap> g := DihedralGroup(8);; gap> h := CyclicGroup(5);; gap> fp := FreeProduct(g,h,h); <fp group on the generators [ f1, f2, f3, f4, f5 ]> gap> fp := FreeProduct([g,h,h]); <fp group on the generators [ f1, f2, f3, f4, f5 ]> gap> Embedding(fp,2); [ f1 ] -> [ f4 ]

The relation between a group product and its factors is provided via homomorphisms, the embeddings in the product and the projections from the product. Depending on the kind of product only some of these are defined.

`‣ Embedding` ( P, nr ) | ( operation ) |

returns the `nr`-th embedding in the group product `P`. The actual meaning of this embedding is described in the manual section for the appropriate product.

`‣ Projection` ( P, nr ) | ( operation ) |

returns the (`nr`-th) projection of the group product `P`. The actual meaning of the projection returned is described in the manual section for the appropriate product.

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