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Nondegenerate symmetric bilinear forms on finite abelian $ 2$-groups

Author: Rick Miranda
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 284 (1984), 535-542
MSC: Primary 20K10; Secondary 11E39
MathSciNet review: 743731
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Abstract: Let $ {\mathcal{B}_2}$ be the semigroup of isomorphism classes of finite abelian $ 2$-groups with a nondegenerate symmetric bilinear form having values in $ Q/{\mathbf{Z}}$. Generators for $ {\mathcal{B}_2}$ were given by C. T. C. Wall and the known relations among these generators were proved to be complete by A. Kawauchi and S. Kojima. In this article we describe a normal form for such bilinear forms, expressed in terms of Wall's generators, and as a by-product we obtain a simpler proof of the completeness of the known relations.

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