Generalized dihedral groups are ambivalent

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This article gives the statement, and possibly proof, of a particular group or type of group (namely, Generalized dihedral group (?)) satisfying a particular group property (namely, Ambivalent group (?)).


Let H be any abelian group and G be the generalized dihedral group corresponding to H. Then, G is an ambivalent group: every element of G is conjugate to its inverse. In particular, if G is finite, all characters of G are real-valued.

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Proof outline

Any element in the abelian normal subgroup is conjugate to its inverse via the conjugating element. An element outside the abelian normal subgroup is an involution -- it has order two, so it is conjugate to its inverse for obvious reasons.