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A226142 The smallest positive integer k such that the symmetric group S_n is a product of k cyclic groups. 1
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Since S_{n+1} is a product of a subgroup isomorphic to S_n and the cyclic group <(1,2,3,...,n+1)> we have a(n+1) <= a(n) + 1. On the other hand it is not clear that a(n) <= a(n+1) for all n. A lower bound is given by A226143(n) = ceiling(log(m)(n!)), m = A000793(n), a sequence that is not nondecreasing.

This sequence was suggested by a posting of L. Edson Jeffery on the seqfans mailing list on May 24, 2013.

Cardinality of the smallest subset(s) X of S_n such that every permutation in S_n can be expressed as a product of some elements in X. - Joerg Arndt, Dec 13 2015


Table of n, a(n) for n=1..7.

Miklós Abért, Symmetric groups as products of Abelian subgroups, Bull. Lond. Math. Soc., Volume 34, Issue 04, July 2002, pp. 451-456.


a(7) = 4 since a factorization of S_7 is given by C_1*C_2*C_3*C_4 where

C_1 = <(1,2,3,4)(5,6,7)>,

C_2 = <(1,4,6)(2,3,5,7)>,

C_3 = <(1,2,5,7)(3,4,6)>,

C_4 = <(1,3,5,6,7)(2,4)>,

and a brute force computation shows that S_7 is not a product of 3 or fewer cyclic subgroups.


Cf. A051625, A225788.

Sequence in context: A262535 A096827 A298321 * A063826 A320120 A152983

Adjacent sequences:  A226139 A226140 A226141 * A226143 A226144 A226145




W. Edwin Clark, May 27 2013



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