Symmetric group:S8

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Definition

This group is a finite group defined as the symmetric group on a set of size 8. The set is typically taken to be \{ 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 \}.

In particular, it is a symmetric group on finite set as well as a symmetric group of prime power degree.

Arithmetic functions

Function Value Similar groups Explanation
order (number of elements, equivalently, cardinality or size of underlying set) 40320 groups with same order The order is 8! = 8 \cdot 7 \cdot 6 \cdot 5 \cdot 4 \cdot 3 \cdot 2 \cdot 1
exponent of a group 840 groups with same order and exponent of a group | groups with same exponent of a group The exponent is the least common multiple of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Frattini length 1 groups with same order and Frattini length | groups with same Frattini length

Elements

Further information: element structure of symmetric group:S8

Upto conjugacy

Partition Verbal description of cycle type Representative element Size of conjugacy class Formula for size Even or odd? If even, splits? If splits, real in alternating group? Element orders
1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 all points fixed () -- the identity element 1 \frac{8!}{(1)^8(8!)} even;no 1
2 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 transposition, six fixed points (1,2) 28 \frac{8!}{(2)(1)^6(6!)}, also \binom{8}{2} odd 2
3 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 one 3-cycle, five fixed points (1,2,3) 112 \frac{8!}{(3)(1)^5(5!)} even;no 3
4 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 one 4-cycle, four fixed points (1,2,3,4) 420 \frac{8!}{(4)(1)^4(4!)} odd 4
2 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 two transpositions, four fixed points (1,2)(3,4) 210 \frac{8!}{(2)^2(2!)(1)^4(4!)} even;no 2
5 + 1 + 1 + 1 one 5-cycle, three fixed points (1,2,3,4,5) 1344 \frac{8!}{(5)(1)^3(3!)} even;no 5
3 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 one 3-cycle, one transposition, two fixed points (1,2,3)(4,5) 1120 \frac{8!}{(3)(2)(1)^3(3!)} odd 6
6 + 1 + 1 one 6-cycle, two fixed points (1,2,3,4,5,6) 3360 \frac{8!}{(6)(1)^2(2!} odd 6
4 + 2 + 1 + 1 one 4-cycle, one 2-cycle, two fixed points (1,2,3,4)(5,6) 2520 \frac{8!}{(4)(2)(1)^2(2!)} even;no 4
2 + 2 + 2 + 1 + 1 three 2-cycles, two fixed points (1,2)(3,4)(5,6) 420 \frac{8!}{(2)^3(3!)(1)^2(2!)} odd 2
3 + 3 + 1 + 1 two 3-cycles, two fixed points (1,2,3)(4,5,6) 1120 \frac{8!}{(3)^2(2!)(1)^2(2!)} even;no 3
7 + 1 one 7-cycle, one fixed point (1,2,3,4,5,6,7) 5760 \frac{8!}{(7)(1)} even;yes;no 7
3 + 2 + 2 + 1 one 3-cycle, two transpositions, one fixed point (1,2,3)(4,5)(6,7) 1680 \frac{8!}{(3)(2)^2(2!)(1)} even;no 6
4 + 3 + 1 one 4-cycle, one 3-cycle, one fixed point (1,2,3,4)(5,6,7) 3360 \frac{8!}{(4)(3)(1)} odd 12
5 + 2 + 1 one 5-cycle, one 2-cycle, one fixed point (1,2,3,4,5)(6,7) 4032 \frac{8!}{(5)(2)(1)} odd 10
2 + 2 + 2 + 2 four 2-cycles (1,2)(3,4)(5,6)(7,8) 105 \frac{8!}{(2)^4(4!)} even;no 2
4 + 2 + 2 one 4-cycle, two 2-cycles (1,2,3,4)(5,6)(7,8) 1260 \frac{8!}{(4)(2)^2(2!)} odd 4
3 + 3 + 2 two 3-cycles, one 2-cycle (1,2,3)(4,5,6)(7,8) 1120 \frac{8!}{(3)^2(2!)(2)} odd 6
6 + 2 one 6-cycle, one 2-cycle (1,2,3,4,5,6)(7,8) 3360 \frac{8!}{(6)(2)} even;no 6
5 + 3 one 5-cycle, one 3-cycle (1,2,3,4,5)(6,7,8) 2688 \frac{8!}{(5)(3)} even;yes;no 15
4 + 4 two 4-cycles (1,2,3,4)(5,6,7,8) 1260 \frac{8!}{(4)^2(2!)} even;no 4
8 one 8-cycle (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) 5040 \frac{8!}{8} odd 8


Subgroups

Further information: subgroup structure of symmetric group:S8


Quick summary

Item Value
Number of subgroups 151221
Compared with S_n, n=1,2,\dots: 1,2,6,30,156,1455,11300,151221
Number of conjugacy classes of subgroups 296
Compared with S_n, n=1,2,\dots: 1,2,4,11,19,56,96,296,554,1593,...
Number of automorphism classes of subgroups 96
Compared with S_n, n=1,2,\dots: 1,2,4,11,19,37,96,296,554,1593,...


Linear representation theory

Further information: linear representation theory of symmetric group:S8

Summary

Item Value
degrees of irreducible representations over a splitting field 1,1,7,7,14,14,20,20,21,21,28,28,35,35,42,56,56,64,64,70,70,90
maximum: 90, lcm: 20160, number: 22, sum of squares: 40320
Schur index values of irreducible representations over a splitting field 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1
smallest ring of realization (characteristic zero) \mathbb{Z} -- ring of integers
smallest field of realization (characteristic zero), i.e., smallest splitting field in characteristic zero \mathbb{Q} -- hence it is a rational-representation group
condition for a field to be a splitting field any field of characteristic not 2,3,5,7
smallest size finite splitting field field:F11


GAP implementation

Description Functions used
SymmetricGroup(8) SymmetricGroup