Algorithms for the Recognition of Primitive Elements in a Free Group

21 October 2020
10:00
Dario Ascari
Abstract

Primitive elements are elements that are part of a basis for a free group. We present the classical Whitehead algorithm for the recognition of such elements, and discuss the ideas behind the proof. We also present a second algorithm, more recent and completely different in the approach.

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  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar