finitely generated group
Any quotient (http://planetmath.org/QuotientGroup) of a finitely generated group is finitely generated. However, a finitely generated group may have subgroups that are not finitely generated. (For example, the free group of rank is generated by just two elements, but its commutator subgroup is not finitely generated.) Nonetheless, a subgroup of finite index in a finitely generated group is necessarily finitely generated; a bound on the number of generators required for the subgroup is given by the Schreier index formula (http://planetmath.org/ScheierIndexFormula).
The finitely generated groups all of whose subgroups are also finitely generated are precisely the groups satisfying the maximal condition. This includes all finitely generated nilpotent groups and, more generally, all polycyclic groups.
A group that is not finitely generated is sometimes said to be infinitely generated.
|Title||finitely generated group|
|Date of creation||2013-03-22 12:16:38|
|Last modified on||2013-03-22 12:16:38|
|Last modified by||yark (2760)|
|Defines||finitely generated subgroup|
|Defines||infinitely generated group|
|Defines||infinitely generated subgroup|