37 Group Homomorphisms

A group homomorphism is a mapping from one group to another that respects multiplication and inverses. They are implemented as a special class of mappings, so in particular all operations for mappings, such as Image, PreImage, PreImagesRepresentative, KernelOfMultiplicativeGeneralMapping, Source, Range, IsInjective and IsSurjective (see chapter Mappings, in particular section Mappings that Respect Multiplication) are applicable to them.

Homomorphisms can be used to transfer calculations into isomorphic groups in another representation, for which better algoroithms are available. Section Nice Monomorphisms explains a technique how to enforce this automatically.

Homomorphisms are also used to represent group automorphisms, and section Group Automorphisms explains explains GAP's facilities to work with automorphism groups.

The penultimate section of this chapter, Searching for Homomorphisms, explains how to make GAP to search for all homomorphisms between two groups which fulfill certain specifications.


  1. Creating Group Homomorphisms
  2. Operations for Group Homomorphisms
  3. Efficiency of Homomorphisms
  4. Nice Monomorphisms
  5. Group Automorphisms
  6. Groups of Automorphisms
  7. Calculating with Group Automorphisms
  8. Searching for Homomorphisms
  9. Representations for Group Homomorphisms

37.1 Creating Group Homomorphisms

The most important way of creating group homomorphisms is to give images for a set of group generators and to extend it to the group generated by them by the homomorphism property.

  • GroupHomomorphismByImages( G, H, gens, imgs ) F

    GroupHomomorphismByImages returns the group homomorphism with source G and range H that is defined by mapping the list gens of generators of G to the list imgs of images in H.

    If gens does not generate G or if the mapping of the generators does not extend to a homomorphism (i.e., if mapping the generators describes only a multi-valued mapping) then fail is returned.

    This test can be quite expensive. If one is certain that the mapping of the generators extends to a homomorphism, one can avoid the checks by calling GroupHomomorphismByImagesNC. (There also is the possibility to construct potentially multi-valued mappings with GroupGeneralMappingByImages and to test with IsMapping that they are indeed homomorphisms.)

  • GroupHomomorphismByImagesNC( G, H, gensG, gensH ) O

    GroupHomomorphismByImagesNC creates a homomorphism as GroupHomomorphismByImages does, however it does not test whether gens generates G and that the mapping of gens to imgs indeed defines a group homomorphism. Because these tests can be expensive it can be substantially faster than GroupHomomorphismByImages. Results are unpredictable if the conditions do not hold.

    (For creating a possibly multi-valued mapping from G to H that respects multiplication and inverses, GroupGeneralMappingByImages can be used.)

    gap> gens:=[(1,2,3,4),(1,2)];             
    [ (1,2,3,4), (1,2) ]
    gap> g:=Group(gens);           
    Group([ (1,2,3,4), (1,2) ])
    gap> h:=Group((1,2,3),(1,2));
    Group([ (1,2,3), (1,2) ])
    gap> hom:=GroupHomomorphismByImages(g,h,gens,[(1,2),(1,3)]);  
    [ (1,2,3,4), (1,2) ] -> [ (1,2), (1,3) ]
    gap> Image(hom,(1,4));
    gap> map:=GroupHomomorphismByImages(g,h,gens,[(1,2,3),(1,2)]);  

  • GroupGeneralMappingByImages( G, H, gensG, gensH ) O

    returns a generalized mapping defined by extending the mapping from gensG to gensH homomorphically. (GroupHomomorphismByImages creates a GroupGeneralMappingByImages and tests whether it IsMapping.)

    gap> map:=GroupGeneralMappingByImages(g,h,gens,[(1,2,3),(1,2)]);
    [ (1,2,3,4), (1,2) ] -> [ (1,2,3), (1,2) ]
    gap> IsMapping(map);

    A second way to create homomorphisms is to give functions that compute image and preimage. (A similar case are homomorphisms that are induced by conjugation. Special constructors for such mappings are described in section Group Automorphisms).

  • GroupHomomorphismByFunction( S, R, fun ) F
  • GroupHomomorphismByFunction( S, R, fun, invfun ) F

    GroupHomomorphismByFunction returns a group homomorphism hom with source S and range R, such that each element s of S is mapped to the element fun( s ), where fun is a GAP function.

    If the argument invfun is bound then hom is a bijection between S and R, and the preimage of each element r of R is given by invfun( r ), where invfun is a GAP function.

    No test is performed on whether the functions actually give an homomorphism between both groups because this would require testing the full multiplication table.

    GroupHomomorphismByFunction creates a mapping which IsSPGeneralMapping.

    gap> hom:=GroupHomomorphismByFunction(g,h,
    > function(x) if SignPerm(x)=-1 then return (1,2); else return ();fi;end);
    MappingByFunction( Group([ (1,2,3,4), (1,2) ]), Group([ (1,2,3), (1,2) 
     ]), function( x ) ... end )
    gap> ImagesSource(hom);
    Group([ (1,2), (1,2) ])
    gap> Image(hom,(1,2,3,4));

    The third class are epimorphisms from a group onto its factor group. Such homomorphisms can be constructed by NaturalHomomorphismByNormalSubgroup (see NaturalHomomorphismByNormalSubgroup).

    The fourth class is homomorphisms in a permutation group that are induced by an action on a set. Such homomorphisms are described in the context of group actions, see chapter Group Actions and in particular section ActionHomomorphism.

  • AsGroupGeneralMappingByImages( map ) A

    If map is a mapping from one group to another this attribute returns a group general mapping that which implements the same abstract mapping. (Some operations can be performed more effective in this representation, see also IsGroupGeneralMappingByAsGroupGeneralMappingByImages.)

    gap> AsGroupGeneralMappingByImages(hom);
    [ (1,2,3,4), (1,2) ] -> [ (1,2), (1,2) ]

    37.2 Operations for Group Homomorphisms

    Group homomorphisms are mappings, so all the operations and properties for mappings described in chapter Mappings are applicable to them. (However often much better methods, than for general mappings are available.)

    Group homomorphisms will map groups to groups by just mapping the set of generators.

    KernelOfMultiplicativeGeneralMapping can be used to compute the kernel of a group homomorphism.

    gap> hom:=GroupHomomorphismByImages(g,h,gens,[(1,2),(1,3)]);;
    gap> Kernel(hom);
    Group([ (1,2)(3,4), (1,3)(2,4) ])

    Homomorphisms can map between groups in different representations and are also used to get isomorphic groups in a different representation.

    gap> m1:=[[0,-1],[1,0]];;m2:=[[0,-1],[1,1]];;
    gap> sl2z:=Group(m1,m2);; # SL(2,Integers) as matrix group
    gap> F:=FreeGroup(2);;
    gap> psl2z:=F/[F.1^2,F.2^3]; #PSL(2,Z) as FP group
    <fp group on the generators [ f1, f2 ]>
    gap> phom:=GroupHomomorphismByImagesNC(sl2z,psl2z,[m1,m2],
    > GeneratorsOfGroup(psl2z)); # the non NC-version would be expensive
    [ [ [ 0, -1 ], [ 1, 0 ] ], [ [ 0, -1 ], [ 1, 1 ] ] ] -> [ f1, f2 ]
    gap> Kernel(phom); # the diagonal matrices
    Group([ [ [ -1, 0 ], [ 0, -1 ] ], [ [ -1, 0 ], [ 0, -1 ] ] ])
    gap> p1:=(1,2)(3,4);;p2:=(2,4,5);;a5:=Group(p1,p2);;
    gap> ahom:=GroupHomomorphismByImages(psl2z,a5,
    > GeneratorsOfGroup(psl2z),[p1,p2]); # here homomorphism test is cheap.
    [ f1, f2 ] -> [ (1,2)(3,4), (2,4,5) ]
    gap> u:=PreImage(ahom,Group((1,2,3),(1,2)(4,5)));
    Group(<fp, no generators known>)
    gap> Index(psl2z,u);
    gap> isofp:=IsomorphismFpGroup(u);
    [ f2*f1*f2^-1*f1^-1*f2^-1*f1^-1, f1*f2^-1*f1*f2*f1^-1, 
      f2*f1*f2*f1*f2^-1*f1^-1*f2^-1, f2^-1*f1*f2*f1^-1*f2 ] -> 
    [ _x1, _x2, _x3, _x4 ]
    gap> RelatorsOfFpGroup(Image(isofp));
    [ _x2^2, _x3^2, _x4^3 ]
    gap> up:=PreImage(phom,u);
    <matrix group with 9 generators>
    gap> List(GeneratorsOfGroup(up),TraceMat); 
    [ -2, -2, -2, -4, 0, -2, 0, 4, 1 ]

    For an automorphism aut, Inverse returns the inverse automorphism aut -1. However if hom is a bijective homomorphism between different groups, or if hom is injective and considered to be a bijection to its image, the operation InverseGeneralMapping should be used instead. (See Inverse for a further discussion of this problem.)

    gap> iso:=IsomorphismPcGroup(g);
    Pcgs([ (3,4), (2,4,3), (1,4)(2,3), (1,3)(2,4) ]) -> [ f1, f2, f3, f4 ]
    gap> Inverse(iso);
    #I  The mapping must be bijective and have source=range
    #I  You might want to use `InverseGeneralMapping'
    gap> InverseGeneralMapping(iso);
    [ f1, f2, f3, f4 ] -> Pcgs([ (3,4), (2,4,3), (1,4)(2,3), (1,3)(2,4) ])

    37.3 Efficiency of Homomorphisms

    GAP permits to create homomorphisms between arbitrary groups. This section considers the efficiency of the implementation and shows ways how to choose suitable representations. For permutation groups (see Permutation Groups) or Pc groups (see Pc Groups) this is normally nothing to worry about, unless the groups get extremely large. For other groups however certain calculations might be expensive and some precaution might be needed to avoid unnecessarily expensive calculations.

    In short, it is always worth to tell a mapping that it is a homomorphism (this can be done by SetIsMapping) (or to create it direcetly with GroupHomomorphismByImagesNC).

    The basic operations required are to compute image and preimage of elements and to test whether a mapping is a homomorphism. Their cost will differ depending on the type of the mapping.

    Mappings given on generators (GroupHomomorphismByImages, GroupGeneralMappingByImages)

    Computing images requires to express an element of the source as word in the generators. If it cannot be done effectivly (this is determined by KnowsHowToDecompose, see KnowsHowToDecompose which returns true for example for arbitrary permutation groups, for Pc groups or for finitely presented groups with the images of the free generators) the span of the generators has to be computed elementwise which can be very expensive and memory consuming.

    Computing preimages adheres to the same rules with swapped r^oles of generators and their images.

    The test whether a mapping is a homomorphism requires the computation of a presentation for the source and evaluation of its relators in the images of its generators. For larger groups this can be expensive and GroupHomomorphismByImagesNC should be used if the mapping is known to be a homomorphism.

    Action homomorphisms (ActionHomomorphism)

    The calculation of images is determined by the acting function used and -- for large domains -- is often dominated by the search for the position of an image in a list of the domain elements. This can be improved by sorting this list if an efficient method for < to compare elements of the domain is available.

    Once the images of a generating set are computed, computing preimages (which is done via the AsGroupGeneralMappingByImages) and computing the kernel bahaves the same as for a GroupHomomorphismByImages in a permutation group.

    GAP will always assume that the acting function provided implements a proper group action and thus that the mapping is indeed a homomorphism.

    Mappings given by functions (GroupHomomorphismByFunction, GroupGeneralMappingByFunctions)

    Computing images is wholly determined by the function that performs the image calculation. If no function to compute preimages is given, computing preimages requires mapping every element of the source to find an element that maps to the requested image. This is time and memory consuming.

    Testing whether a GroupGeneralMappingByFunctions is a homomorphism would require mapping all products of elements and thus should be avoided.

    Other operations

    To compute the kernel of a homomorphism (unless the mapping is known to be injective) requires the capability to compute a presentation of the image and to evaluate the relators of this presentation in preimages of the presentations generators.

    The calculation of the Image (respectively ImagesSource) requires to map a generating set of the source, testing surjectivity is a comparison for equality with the range.

    Testing injectivity is a test for triviality of the kernel.

    The comparison of mappings is based on a lexicographic comparison of a sorted element list of the source. For groups this can be simplified:

  • ImagesSmallestGenerators( map ) A

    returns the list of images of GeneratorsSmallest(Source(map)). This list can be used to compare group homomorphisms. (The standard comparison is to compare the image lists on the set of elements of the source. If however x and y have the same images under a and b, certainly all their products have. Therefore it is sufficient to test this on the images of the smallest generators.)

    37.4 Nice Monomorphisms

    GAP contains very efficient algorithms for some special representations of groups (for example pc groups or permutation groups) while for other representations only slow generic methods are available. In this case it can be worthwhile to do all calculations rather in an isomorphic image of the group, which is in a ``better'' representation. The way to achieve this in GAP is via nice monomorphisms.

    For this mechanism to work, of course there must be effective methods to evaluate the NiceMonomorphism on elements and to take preimages under it. As by definition no good algorithms exist for the source group, normally this can only be achieved by using an ActionHomomorphism or a GroupHomomorphismByFunction (see also section Efficiency of Homomorphisms).

  • IsHandledByNiceMonomorphism( obj ) P

    If this property is true, high-valued methods that translate all calculations in obj in the image under the NiceMonomorphism become available for obj.

  • NiceMonomorphism( obj ) A

    is a homomorphism that is defined (at least) on the whole of obj and whose restriction to obj is injective. The concrete morphism (and also the image group) will depend on the representation of obj.

  • NiceObject( obj ) A

    The NiceObject of obj is the image of obj under its NiceMonomorphism.

    A typical example are finite matrix groups, which use a faithful action on vectors to translate all calculations in a permutation group.

    gap> gl:=GL(3,2);
    gap> IsHandledByNiceMonomorphism(gl);
    gap> NiceObject(gl);
    Group([ (5,7)(6,8), (2,3,5)(4,7,6) ])
    gap> Image(NiceMonomorphism(gl),Z(2)*[[1,0,0],[0,1,1],[1,0,1]]);

  • IsCanonicalNiceMonomorphism( nhom ) P

    A NiceMonomorphism nhom is canonical if the image set will only depend on the set of group elements but not on the generating set and < comparison of group elements translates through the nice monomorphism. This implies that equal objects will always have equal NiceObjects. In some situations however this condition would be expensive to achieve, therefore it is not guaranteed for every nice monomorphism.

    37.5 Group Automorphisms

    Group automorphisms are bijective homomorphism from a group onto itself. An important subclass are automorphisms which are induced by conjugation of the group itself or a supergroup.

  • ConjugatorIsomorphism( G, g ) O

    Let G be a group, and g an element in the same family as the elements of G. ConjugatorIsomorphism returns the isomorphism from G to G^g defined by h h g for all h G .

    If g normalizes G then ConjugatorIsomorphism does the same as ConjugatorAutomorphismNC (see ConjugatorAutomorphism).

  • ConjugatorAutomorphism( G, g ) F
  • ConjugatorAutomorphismNC( G, g ) O

    Let G be a group, and g an element in the same family as the elements of G such that g normalizes G. ConjugatorAutomorphism returns the automorphism of G defined by h h g for all h G .

    If conjugation by g does not leave G invariant, ConjugatorAutomorphism returns fail; in this case, the isomorphism from G to G^g induced by conjugation with g can be constructed with ConjugatorIsomorphism (see ConjugatorIsomorphism).

    ConjugatorAutomorphismNC does the same as ConjugatorAutomorphism, except that the check is omitted whether g normalizes G.

  • InnerAutomorphism( G, g ) F
  • InnerAutomorphismNC( G, g ) O

    Let G be a group, and g G . InnerAutomorphism returns the automorphism of G defined by h h g for all h G .

    If g is not an element of G, InnerAutomorphism returns fail; in this case, the isomorphism from G to G^g induced by conjugation with g can be constructed with ConjugatorIsomorphism (see ConjugatorIsomorphism) or with ConjugatorAutomorphism (see ConjugatorAutomorphism).

    InnerAutomorphismNC does the same as InnerAutomorphism, except that the check is omitted whether g G .

  • IsConjugatorIsomorphism( hom ) P
  • IsConjugatorAutomorphism( hom ) P
  • IsInnerAutomorphism( hom ) P

    Let hom be a group general mapping (see IsGroupGeneralMapping) with source G, say. IsConjugatorIsomorphism returns true if hom is induced by conjugation of G by an element g that lies in G or in a group into which G is naturally embedded in the sense described below, and false otherwise. Natural embeddings are dealt with in the case that G is a permutation group (see Chapter Permutation Groups), a matrix group (see Chapter Matrix Groups), a finitely presented group (see Chapter Finitely Presented Groups), or a group given w.r.t. a polycyclic presentation (see Chapter Pc Groups). In all other cases, IsConjugatorIsomorphism may return false if hom is induced by conjugation but is not an inner automorphism.

    If IsConjugatorIsomorphism returns true for hom then an element g that induces hom can be accessed as value of the attribute ConjugatorOfConjugatorIsomorphism (see ConjugatorOfConjugatorIsomorphism).

    IsConjugatorAutomorphism returns true if hom is an automorphism (see IsEndoGeneralMapping) that is regarded as a conjugator isomorphism by IsConjugatorIsomorphism, and false otherwise.

    IsInnerAutomorphism returns true if hom is a conjugator automorphism such that an element g inducing hom can be chosen in G, and false otherwise.

  • ConjugatorOfConjugatorIsomorphism( hom ) A

    For a conjugator isomorphism hom (see ConjugatorIsomorphism), ConjugatorOfConjugatorIsomorphism returns an element g such that mapping under hom is induced by conjugation with g.

    To avoid problems with IsInnerAutomorphism, it is guaranteed that the conjugator is taken from the source of hom if possible.

    gap> hgens:=[(1,2,3),(1,2,4)];;h:=Group(hgens);;
    gap> hom:=GroupHomomorphismByImages(h,h,hgens,[(1,2,3),(2,3,4)]);;
    gap> IsInnerAutomorphism(hom);
    gap> ConjugatorOfConjugatorIsomorphism(hom);
    gap> hom:=GroupHomomorphismByImages(h,h,hgens,[(1,3,2),(1,4,2)]);
    [ (1,2,3), (1,2,4) ] -> [ (1,3,2), (1,4,2) ]
    gap> IsInnerAutomorphism(hom);
    gap> IsConjugatorAutomorphism(hom);
    gap> ConjugatorOfConjugatorIsomorphism(hom);

    37.6 Groups of Automorphisms

    Group automorphissm can be multiplied and inverted and thus it is possible to form groups of automorphisms.

  • IsGroupOfAutomorphisms( G ) P

    indicates whether G consists of automorphisms of another group H. The group H can be obtained from G via the attribute AutomorphismDomain.

  • AutomorphismDomain( G ) A

    If G consists of automorphisms of H, this attribute returns H.

  • AutomorphismGroup( obj ) A

    returns the full automorphism group of the object obj. The automorphisms act on the domain by the caret operator ^. The automorphism group often stores a ``NiceMonomorphism'' (see NiceMonomorphism) to a permutation group, obtained by the action on a subset of obj.

  • IsAutomorphismGroup( G ) P

    indicates whether G is the full automorphism group of another group H, this group is given as AutomorphismDomain of G.

    gap> g:=Group((1,2,3,4),(1,3));
    Group( [ (1,2,3,4), (1,3) ] )
    gap> au:=AutomorphismGroup(g);
    <group of size 8 with 3 generators>
    gap> GeneratorsOfGroup(au);
    gap> NiceObject(au);   

  • InnerAutomorphismsAutomorphismGroup( autgroup ) A

    For an automorphism group autgroup of a group this attribute stores the subgroup of inner automorphisms (automorphisms induced by conjugation) of the original group.

    gap> InnerAutomorphismsAutomorphismGroup(au);
    < group with 2 generators>

  • InducedAutomorphism( epi, aut ) O

    Let aut be an automorphism of a group G and epi > :G - H an homomorphism such that kerepi is fixed under aut. Let U be the image of epi. This command returns the automorphism of U induced by aut via epi, that is the automorphism of U which maps gepi to (gaut )epi .

    gap> g:=Group((1,2,3,4),(1,2));
    Group( [ (1,2,3,4), (1,2) ] )
    gap> n:=Subgroup(g,[(1,2)(3,4),(1,3)(2,4)]);
    Group( [ (1,2)(3,4), (1,3)(2,4) ] )
    gap> epi:=NaturalHomomorphismByNormalSubgroup(g,n);
    [ (3,4), (2,4,3), (1,2)(3,4), (1,3)(2,4) ] -> 
    [ f1, f2, <identity> of ..., <identity> of ... ]
    gap> aut:=InnerAutomorphism(g,(1,2,3));
    gap> InducedAutomorphism(epi,aut);

    37.7 Calculating with Group Automorphisms

    Usually the best way to calculate in a group of automorphisms is to go translate all calculations to an isomorphic group in a representation, for which better algorithms are available, say a permutation group. This translation can be done automatically using a NiceMonomorphism (see NiceMonomorphism.)

    Once a group knows to be a group of automorphisms (this can be achieved by testing or setting the property IsGroupOfAutomorphisms (see IsGroupOfAutomorphisms), GAP will try itself to find such a nice monomorphism once calculations in the automorphism group are done.

  • AssignNiceMonomorphismAutomorphismGroup( autgrp, group ) F

    computes a nice monomorphism for autgroup acting on group and stores it as NiceMonomorphism in autgrp.

    If the centre of AutomorphismDomain of autgrp is trivial, the operation will first try to represent all automorphisms by conjugation (in group or a natural parent of group).

    If this fails the operation tries to find a small subset of group on which the action will be faithful.

    The operation sets the attribute NiceMonomorphism and does not return a value.

    If a good domain for a faithful permutation action is know already, a homomorphism for the action on it can be created using NiceMonomorphismAutomGroup. It might be stored by SetNiceMonomorphism (see NiceMonomorphism).

  • NiceMonomorphismAutomGroup( autgrp, elms, elmsgens ) F

    This function creates a monomorphism for an automorphism group autgrp of a group by permuting the group elements in the list elms. This list must be chosen to yield a faithful representation. elmsgens is a list of generators which are a subset of elms. (They can differ from the groups original generators.) It does not yet assign it as NiceMonomorphism.

    Another nice way of representing automorphisms as permutations has been described in Sims97. It it not yet available in GAP, a description however can be found in section Stabilizer Chains for Automorphisms Acting on Enumerators of ``Extending GAP''.

    37.8 Searching for Homomorphisms

  • IsomorphismGroups( G, H ) F

    computes an isomorphism between the groups G and H if they are isomorphic and returns fail otherwise.

    gap> g:=Group((1,2,3,4),(1,3));;
    gap> h:=Group((1,4,6,7)(2,3,5,8), (1,5)(2,6)(3,4)(7,8));;
    gap> IsomorphismGroups(g,h);
    [ (1,2,3,4), (1,3) ] -> [ (1,4,6,7)(2,3,5,8), (1,2)(3,7)(4,8)(5,6) ]
    gap> IsomorphismGroups(g,Group((1,2,3,4),(1,2)));

  • GQuotients( F, G ) O

    computes all epimorphisms from F onto G up to automorphisms of G. This classifies all factor groups of F which are isomorphic to G.

    gap> g:=Group((1,2,3,4),(1,2));
    Group( [ (1,2,3,4), (1,2) ] )
    gap> h:=Group((1,2,3),(1,2));
    Group( [ (1,2,3), (1,2) ] )
    gap> quo:=GQuotients(g,h);

  • IsomorphicSubgroups( G, H ) O

    computes all monomorphisms from H onto G up to G-conjugacy of the image groups. This classifies all G-classes of subgroups of G which are isomorphic to H.

    gap> g:=Group((1,2,3,4),(1,2));
    Group( [ (1,2,3,4), (1,2) ] )
    gap> h:=Group((3,4),(1,2));;
    gap> emb:=IsomorphicSubgroups(g,h);
    [ [ (3,4), (1,2) ] -> [ (1,4)(2,3), (1,3)(2,4) ], 
      [ (3,4), (1,2) ] -> [ (1,2)(3,4), (3,4) ] ]

  • MorClassLoop( range, classes, params, action ) F

    This function loops over element tuples taken from classes and checks these for properties like generating a given group of fulfilling relations. This can be used to find small generating sets or all types of Morphisms. The element tuples are classified only up to up to inner automorphisms as all images can be obtained easily from them by conjugation but usually running through all of them would take too long.

    range is a groups containing the elements. The classes are given in a list classes which is a list of records like the ones returned from MorMaxFusClasses. params is a record containing optional components:

    generators that are to be mapped (for testing morphisms). The length of this list determines the length of element tuples considered.

    a preimage group (that contains gens)

    image group (which might be smaller than range)

    free generators, a list of the same length than the generators gens.

    some relations that hold among the generators gens. They are given as a list [word,order] where word is a word in the free generators free.

    a set of elements on which automorphisms act faithfully (used to do element tests in partial automorphism groups).

    Subgroup of already known automorphisms.

    action is a number whose bit-representation indicates the requirements which are enforced on the element tuples found:parnoindent 1  homomorphismparnoindent 2  injectiveparnoindent 4  surjectiveparnoindent 8  find all (otherwise stops after the first find)parnoindent If the search is for homomorphisms, the function returns homomorphisms obtained by mapping the given generators gens instead of element tuples.

    The ``Morpheus'' algorithm used to find homomorphisms is described in section V.5 of Hulpke96.

    37.9 Representations for Group Homomorphisms

    The different represntations of group homomorphisms are used to indicate from what type of group to what type of group they map and thus determine which methods are used to compute images and preimages.

    The information in this section is mainly relevant for implementing new methods and not for using homomorphisms.

  • IsGroupGeneralMappingByImages( map ) R

    Representation for mappings from one group to another that are defined by extending a mapping of group generators homomorphically.

  • IsGroupGeneralMappingByAsGroupGeneralMappingByImages( map ) R

    Representation for mappings that delegate work on a GroupHomomorphismByImages.

  • IsPreimagesByAsGroupGeneralMappingByImages( map ) R

    Representation for mappings that delegate work for preimages to a GroupHomomorphismByImages.

  • IsPermGroupGeneralMappingByImages( map ) R
  • IsPermGroupHomomorphismByImages( map ) R

    is the representation for mappings that map from a perm group

  • IsToPermGroupGeneralMappingByImages( map ) R
  • IsToPermGroupHomomorphismByImages( map ) R

    is the representation for mappings that map to a perm group

  • IsGroupGeneralMappingByPcgs( map ) R

    is the representations for mappings that map a pcgs to images and thus may use exponents to decompose generators.

  • IsPcGroupGeneralMappingByImages( map ) R
  • IsPcGroupHomomorphismByImages( map ) R

    is the representation for mappings from a pc group

  • IsToPcGroupGeneralMappingByImages( map ) R
  • IsToPcGroupHomomorphismByImages( map ) R

    is the representation for mappings to a pc group

  • IsFromFpGroupGeneralMappingByImages( map ) R
  • IsFromFpGroupGeneralMappingByImages( map ) R

    is the representation of mappings from an fp group.

  • IsFromFpGroupStdGensGeneralMappingByImages( map ) R
  • IsFromFpGroupStdGensHomomorphismByImages( map ) R

    is the representation of mappings from an fp group that give images of the standard generators.

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