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Meepi
 one year ago
Let \(k\) be a positive integer with \(k \leq S_n\). The symmetric group \(S_n\) acts on the set B consisting of all kelement subsets of \({1, \ldots , n}\) by \(\sigma \cdot {a_1, \ldots, a_k}={\sigma(a_1),\ldots,\sigma(a_k)}\).
Determine for which values of \(k\) the actions of \(S_n\) on kelement subsets is faithul
Meepi
 one year ago
Let \(k\) be a positive integer with \(k \leq S_n\). The symmetric group \(S_n\) acts on the set B consisting of all kelement subsets of \({1, \ldots , n}\) by \(\sigma \cdot {a_1, \ldots, a_k}={\sigma(a_1),\ldots,\sigma(a_k)}\). Determine for which values of \(k\) the actions of \(S_n\) on kelement subsets is faithul

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Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Let k be a positive integer with \(k \leq n\). The symmetric group \(S_n\) acts on the set \(B\) consisting of all \(k\)element subsets of \(\{1,…,n\}\) by \(\sigma⋅\{a_1,\ldots,a_k\}=\{σ(a1),\ldots,σ(ak)\}\). Determine for which values of \(k\) the actions of \(S_n\) on \(k\)element subsets is faithul

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Egh, I can't type: \(\{\sigma(a_1), \ldots , \sigma(a_k)\}\)

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1\(S_n\) is a group and it's operation is symmetric?

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1\(S_n\) is the symmetric group of the set \(\{1, \ldots, n\}\)

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1I know that if k = n, the operation is not faithful since any permutation will still give the nelement subset, and that if k = 1 it i's trivially faithful, but I'm stuck on proving whether or not it's faithful for 1 < k < n

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1How would it not be faithful?

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1An action is faithful if different elements of \(S_n\) induce different permutations of B, and if k = n, there is only one nelement subset, which every element of S_n maps to. ie if for different \(g, h \in S_n\), \(g\cdot x\neq h\cdot x\) for some \(x \in B\)

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Hmmm, one thing I can say is that the set of all subsets is the power set and it has cardinality \(2^k\)

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1So is \(S_n\) full of \(n\) mappings which will permute the elements in \(B\)?

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1\(S_n\) is the set of n! distinct permutations of the set \(\{1, 2, ..., n\}\) it acts on B by permuting it's elements ie: if we have the permutation (1 2 3) (1 gets send to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 1) act on {1, 2} we get \((1\,\,2\,\,\,3) \cdot \{1,2\}=\{2, 3\}\)

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Should it result in \(\{3,1\}\)?

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1the action is defined as \(\sigma \cdot \{a_1, ... , a_k\} = \{\sigma(a_1), ... ,\sigma(a_k)\}\) so in the case that \(\sigma =\)(1 2 3), \(\sigma \cdot \{1, 2\}=\{\sigma(1), \sigma(2)\}=\{2, 3\}\)

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Okay, I think I get that much now.

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1I've seen this before, but the notation we use for permutation was maybe backwards.

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1The number of \(k\) element subsets in \(n\) is \(\binom nk\)

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1It's faithful if no two permutations produce equivalent sets?

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Consider what happens with some concrete examples or concrete permutations.

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1now if k =1, there exists two permutations \(\sigma\) and \(\tau\) such that \(\sigma(a) \neq \tau(a)\) if we let \(x = \{a\}\) (which is a subset of {1, ..., n} of cardinality 1) then without loss of generality we have \(\sigma \cdot x \neq \tau \cdot x\), so action is trivial if k is one, if k = n, then there is only one subset of {1, ..., n} namely that set itself so every permutation will give you that subset. now I think for 1 < k < n I will have to show that the permutation representation is injective. I think if we let \(\sigma, \tau\) be different permutations again, then without loss of generality \(\sigma(a_1) = x, \tau(a_2) = x\) then we can choose a subset z of cardinality k so that x and \(a_1\) are in the subset, but \(a_2\) isn't (since k < n, we have at least 1 element not in the subset), then \(\sigma \cdot z \neq \tau \cdot z\), since \(\sigma \cdot z\) contains x, and \(\tau \cdot z\) doesn't, so the action is faithful if k<n

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1There only needs to be two distinct permutations which don't result in the same subset?

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1No, for any two distinct permutations there must be a subset so that \(\sigma \cdot x \neq \tau \cdot x\). In this proof i think i managed to show that we can always construct at least 1 subset of length k which does this

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1So if I get this right: If the permutations are distinct, there has to be an output where the permutations have a different input to output it. You then find a subset which has the input for one of the permutations but lacks the needed input for the second permutation. Thus there is an output which one has and the other doesn't.

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1and such a subset always exists, since there is at least 1 element from {1, ..., n} not in the subset

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1You can ensure an excluded input is excluded, and you can also ensure the necessarily included input gets included?

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Yes, since we only consider 2 elements, a1 and x, and for 1 < k < n, k is at least 2 :)

wio
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1What if a1 and a2 are greater than k, does that matter?

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Not really, since k is just how much elements are in the subset

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1ie if we have k = 2, and two permutations \(\sigma(7) = 8\) and \(\tau(8)=8\) then we choose a subset which doesn't have 7 in it, but contains 8 and any other element, say 5 so we get {5, 8} now even if the 2 permutations map 5 to the same element, 8 still gets mapped to a different one

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1two permutations such that*

Meepi
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Thanks for the help by the way, trying to explain it to someone else always helps it seems :)
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