Centrally indecomposable group

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Symbol-free definition

A nontrivial group is said to be centrally indecomposable if it cannot be expressed as the central product of two proper subgroups.

Note that, for a centerless group, this is equivalent to saying that there is no nontrivial central factor. However, for an group with a nontrivial center, the center itself is a central factor.

Definition with symbols

A group G is said to be a centrally indecomposable group if we cannot write:

G = H * K

viz., as a central product for proper subgroups H and K of G.


In terms of the simple group operator

This property is obtained by applying the simple group operator to the property: central factor
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The group property of being centrally indecomposable is obtained by applying the simple group operator to the subgroup property of being a central factor.

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