Talk:Group extension

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Move proposal[edit]

I propose this article be moved to group extension, which already redirects here and doesn't require disambiguation. Deco 17:42, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

I think some disambiguation is nesessary, but only as a redirect. That doesn't change the fact that this article is a stub; I believe it should be merged into the main topic Algebraic extension. I know that an extension and an algebraic extension are different things, but it would help those reading algebraic extension, if they knew what an extension was first, and simply linking it at the end of this piddly little thing is more of a "Would you like to know more?" than a "See also." IMHO. Sim 01:53, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

I guess I think it's true that extension (algebra) is the wrong title for this article, group extension is the right title. I will now move it. On the other hand, I don't think it should be merged; group extensions are important and will one day grow into their own article, delving into calculations with group cohomology and such. -lethe talk + 07:45, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
Very well. Withdrawing the merge proposal. Sim 19:06, 29 April 2006 (UTC)

Expansion[edit]

I made the article a little less of a stub DKleinecke 22:11, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

The two definitions are now in conflict about which group is G and which is H. I think the second way is better and this first should be changed. What does anybody else think? DKleinecke 23:02, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

What do you mean by the "second way"? The reason I exchanged G and H was that the previous version was incorrect under any possible interpretation. There still remains the question of whether G' is an extension of G by H, or of H by G. I did some searching, and concluded that the way it is on the page now is the most common usage: but one reference said that the other is sometimes used. Vegasprof 21:51, 23 November 2006 (UTC)

Abelian extensions[edit]

I added a sentence about classifying extensions of one abelian group by another, as this is a particularly important special case.

Also, it seems to me that an extension G of Q should be equipped with a map to Q, not just that it has some quotient that is isomorphic to Q. Certainly in commutative algebra, an extension of Q by N refers to the whole exact sequence -- is this not the way that group theorists see it? QBobWatson 19:35, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

A simple explanation of things[edit]

The whole use of terms such as subquotient, semiproduct and such, can be a bit confusing to the novice. The idea that from division, the dividend and the quotient can construct the modulo remainder leads to a singular option, while given the dividend and the modulo, many possible quotients could be inferred. This implies that the group order is not commutative as integer factors, and some representation respecting this could be useful. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 217.171.129.71 (talk) 18:49, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

Which way round?[edit]

There seems to be some controversy (and edits) as to whether  E in the exact sequence  1 \to N \to E \to G\to 1 should be called an extension of  G by  N or an extension of  N by G. The former (and current version of the article) makes more sense to me, but I am surprised to see that Rotman's "Introduction to Homological Algebra" uses the latter language. There is a "warning" in the article that seems to be about this ambiguity, but its notation is now inconsistent with the current form of the article. Any thoughts or opinions? Mike Stone (talk) 14:48, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

Both conventions are common in the literature, and the article needs to make this clear. If possible, the article should avoid adopting either convention, otherwise people will keep messing it up trying to "correct" it. Some authors use terminology such as "extension of a group K by a normal subgroup N" or "extension of a normal subgroup N by a group K", which makes it clear which convention is being used. If we do need to adopt a convention, I suggest wording things this way as far as possible.
One thing I've noticed though is that group properties such as "free-by-abelian" always seem to be understood according to the second convention. E.g., "G is free-by-abelian" means "G has a free normal subgroup N such that G/N is abelian", even if the author would say that this is an extension of an abelian group by a free [normal sub]group. --Zundark (talk) 16:13, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

Construcion of extensions[edit]

I think, this article should include the general construction of group extensions as described in “Über die Erweiterung von Gruppen I”, Otto Schreier, Monatsh. für Mathematik und Pysik, XXXIV. Band, p. 166–180 (1926) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 141.30.71.211 (talk) 15:05, 10 April 2014 (UTC)