Computing in permutation and matrix groups. II. Backtrack algorithm

Author:
Gregory Butler

Journal:
Math. Comp. **39** (1982), 671-680

MSC:
Primary 20-04; Secondary 20E25, 20G40

MathSciNet review:
669659

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Abstract: This is the second paper in a series which discusses computation in permutation and matrix groups of very large order. The essential aspects of a backtrack algorithm which searches these groups are presented. We then uniformly describe algorithms for computing centralizers, intersections, and set stabilizers, as well as an algorithm which determines whether two elements are conjugate.

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DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0025-5718-1982-0669659-5

Keywords:
Backtrack algorithm,
permutation group,
matrix group

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American Mathematical Society