In mathematics, especially in the areas of abstract algebra dealing with group cohomology or relative homological algebra, Shapiro's lemma, also known as the Eckmann–Shapiro lemma, relates extensions of modules over one ring to extensions over another, especially the group ring of a group and of a subgroup. It thus relates the group cohomology with respect to a group to the cohomology with respect to a subgroup. Shapiro's lemma is named after Arnold Shapiro, who proved it in 1961; however, Beno Eckmann had discovered it earlier, in 1953.
Statement for rings
Let R → S be a ring homomorphism, so that S becomes a left and right R-module. Let M be a left S-module and N a left R-module. By restriction of scalars, M is also a left R-module.
- If S is projective as a right R-module, then:
- If S is projective as a left R-module, then:
Statement for group rings
When H is a subgroup of finite index in G, then the group ring R[G] is finitely generated projective as a left and right R[H] module, so the previous applies in a simple way. Let M be a finite-dimensional representation of G and N a finite-dimensional representation of H. In this case, the module S ⊗R N is called the induced representation of N from H to G, and RM is called the restricted representation of M from G to H. One has that:
When n = 0, this is called Frobenius reciprocity for completely reducible modules, and Nakayama reciprocity in general. See (Benson 1991, p. 42), which also contains these higher versions of the Mackey decomposition.
Statement for group cohomology
Specializing M to be the trivial module produces the familiar Shapiro's lemma. Let H be a subgroup of G and N a representation of H. For NG the induced representation of N from H to G using the tensor product, and for H* the group homology:
- H*(G, NG) = H*(H, N)
- H*(G, NG) = H*(H, N)
When H is finite index in G, then the induced and coinduced representations coincide and the lemma is valid for both homology and cohomology.
See (Weibel, p. 172).
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