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Re: Solve Equations over Finite Group

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  • Subject: [mg13701] Re: Solve Equations over Finite Group
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 04:39:30 -0400
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
  • References: <6qp3dg$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Alexander Craig Russell wrote:

> Is anyone familiar with a mathematica package which allows one to solve
> equations over a finite group? Given
>     (1 2 3) x (1 2 3)^(-1) x^(-1) = (1 3 2)
> (in S_3, say) I would like the package to respond with x = (1 2).
> For general groups (described as subgroups of S_n) I would like the
> same. Do such things exist?

A step in this direction is the Algebra`FiniteFields` Package.


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