4 May 2011
A factorability structure on a group G is a specification of normal forms of group elements as words over a fixed generating set. There is a chain complex computing the (co)homology of G. In contrast to the well-known bar resolution, there are much less generators in each dimension of the chain complex. Although it is often difficult to understand the differential, there are examples where the differential is particularly simple, allowing computations by hand. This leads to the cohomology ring of hv-groups, which I define at the end of the talk in terms of so called "horizontal" and "vertical" generators.
- Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar