# Group Action on Subgroup by Right Regular Representation

## Contents

## Theorem

Let $G$ be a group.

Let $H$ be a subgroup of $G$.

Let $*: H \times G \to G$ be the operation defined as:

- $\forall \tuple {h, g} \in H \times G: h * g = \map {\rho_{h^{-1} } } g$

where $\map {\rho_{h^{-1} } } g$ is the right regular representation of $g$ by $h^{-1}$.

Then $*$ is a group action.

## Proof

The group action axioms are investigated in turn.

Let $h_1, h_2 \in H$ and $g \in G$.

Thus:

\(\displaystyle h_1 * \paren {h_2 * g}\) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle h_1 * \paren {\map {\rho_{h_2^{-1} } } g}\) | Definition of $*$ | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle h_1 * \paren {g \circ h_2^{-1} }\) | Definition of Right Regular Representation | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle \map {\rho_{h_1^{-1} } } {h_2^{-1} \circ g}\) | Definition of $*$ | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle \paren {g \circ h_2^{-1} } \circ h_1^{-1}\) | Definition of Right Regular Representation | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle g \circ \paren {h_2^{-1} \circ h_1^{-1} }\) | Group Axiom $G1$: Associativity | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle g \circ \paren {h_1 \circ h_2}^{-1}\) | Inverse of Group Product | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle \map {\rho_{\paren {h_1 \circ h_2}^{-1} } } g\) | Definition of Right Regular Representation | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle \paren {h_1 \circ h_2} * g\) | Definition of $*$ |

demonstrating that Group Action Axiom $GA \, 1$ holds.

Then:

\(\displaystyle e * g\) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle \map {\rho_e} g\) | Definition of $*$ | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle g \circ e^{-1}\) | Definition of Right Regular Representation | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle g \circ e\) | Inverse of Identity Element is Itself | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle g\) | Group Axiom $G2$: Properties of identity element |

demonstrating that Group Action Axiom $GA \, 2$ holds.

The group action axioms are thus seen to be fulfilled, and so $*$ is a group action.

$\blacksquare$

## Also defined as

Some sources denote a mapping by placing the symbol defining that mapping on the left of its operand.

Thus under such a convention:

- $\map {\rho_h} a$ is written $a \rho_h$

and:

- $h * a$ is written $a * h$ (or even $a h$ in sources which do not place a high regard on clarity).

Thus the right regular representation itself can directly be defined as being a group action without the need to take the inverse:

\(\displaystyle \paren {g * h_1} * h_2\) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle \paren {g \rho_{h_1} } * h_2\) | Definition of $*$ | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle g \rho_{h_1} \rho_{h_2}\) | Definition of Right Regular Representation | ||||||||||

\(\displaystyle \) | \(=\) | \(\displaystyle g * \paren {h_1 \circ h_2}\) | Definition of $*$ |

Such a treatment can be found in 1982: P.M. Cohn: *Algebra Volume 1* (2nd ed.).

As it runs contrary to the conventions used on $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$, beyond its mention here it will not be used.

However, this example indicates how the arbitrary nature of notational conventions can cause the details of results to be equally arbitrarily dependent upon the convention used.

## Also see

## Sources

- 1982: P.M. Cohn:
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