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In this paper we discuss a method for bounding the size of the stabiliser of a vertex in a $G$-vertex-transitive graph $\Gamma$. In the main result the group $G$ is quasiprimitive or biquasiprimitive on the vertices of $\Gamma$, and we obtain a genuine reduction to the case where $G$ is a nonabelian simple group. Using normal quotient techniques developed by the first author, the main theorem applies to general $G$-vertex-transitive graphs which are $G$-locally primitive (respectively, $G$-lo...
We classify binary completely regular codes of length $m$ with minimum distance $\delta$ for $(m,\delta)=(12,6)$ and $(11,5)$. We prove that such codes are unique up to equivalence, and in particular, are equivalent to certain Hadamard codes. We prove that the automorphism groups of these Hadamard codes, modulo the kernel of a particular action, are isomorphic to certain Mathieu groups, from which we prove that completely regular codes with these parameters are necessarily completely transitive.
Twisted permutation codes, introduced recently by the second and third authors, are frequency permutation arrays. They are similar to repetition permutation codes, in that they are obtained by a repetition construction applied to a smaller code. It was previously shown that the minimum distance of a twisted permutation code is at least the minimum distance of a corresponding repetition permutation code, but in some instances can be larger. We construct two new infinite families of twisted per...
In this paper we introduce and study a family $\mathcal{A}_n(q)$ of abelian subgroups of $\GL_n(q)$ covering every element of $\GL_n(q)$. We show that $\mathcal{A}_n(q)$ contains all the centralisers of cyclic matrices and equality holds if $q>n$. Also, for $q>2$, we prove a simple closed formula for the size of $\mathcal{A}_n(q)$ and give an upper bound if $q=2$. A subset $X$ of a finite group $G$ is said to be pairwise non-commuting if $xy\not=yx$, for distinct elements $x, y$ in $X$. As an...
A k-composition of n is a sequence of length k of positive integers summing up to n. In this paper, we investigate the number of k-compositions of n satisfying two natural coprimality conditions. Namely, we first give an exact asymptotic formula for the number of k-compositions having the first summand coprime to the others. Then, we estimate the number of k-compositions whose summands are all pairwise coprime.
We present a one sided Monte--Carlo algorithm which constructs a long root $\sl_2(q)$-subgroup in $X/O_p(X)$, where $X$ is a black-box group and $X/O_p(X)$ is a finite simple group of Lie type defined over a field of odd order $q=p^k > 3$ for some $k\geqslant 1$. Our algorithm is based on the analysis of the structure of centralizers of involutions and can be viewed as a computational version of Aschbacher's Classical Involution Theorem. We also present an algorithm which determines whether t...
We consider codes of length $m$ over an alphabet of size $q$ as subsets of the vertex set of the Hamming graph $\Gamma=H(m,q)$. A code for which there exists an automorphism group $X\leq Aut(\Gamma)$ that acts transitively on the code and on its set of neighbours is said to be neighbour transitive, and were introduced by the authors as a group theoretic analogue to the assumption that single errors are equally likely over a noisy channel. Examples of neighbour transitive codes include the Ham...
We classify the finite primitive groups containing a permutation with at most four cycles (including fixed points) in its disjoint cycle representation.
A new infinite family of bipartite cubic 3-arc transitive graphs is constructed and studied. They provide the first known examples admitting a 2-arc transitive vertex-biquasiprimitive group of automorphisms for which the index two subgroup fixing each half of the bipartition is not quasiprimitive on either bipartite half.
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