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PIMS Distinguished Lecture

Fri., Oct. 6, 2023 9:30 a.m.

Location: By Zoom with Viewing Party in CW307.20

Speaker: Colva Roney-Dougal, University of St Andrews

Title:  Counting Permutation Groups (125 kB) PDF file


What does a random permutation group look like? This talk will start with a brief survey of how we might go about counting subgroups of the symmetric group Sn, and talk about what is known n about “most” subgroups.

To tackle the general problem, it would clearly be helpful to know how many subgroups there are. An elementary argument gives that there are at least 2n²/16 subgroups, and it was conjectured by Pyber in 1993 that up to lower order error terms this is also an upper bound. This talk will present an answer to Pyber's conjecture.

This is joint work with Gareth Tracey.

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