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Computational aspects of group extensions and their applications in topology. (English) Zbl 1101.20302

Summary: We describe algorithms to determine extensions of infinite polycyclic groups having certain properties. In particular, we are interested in torsion-free extensions and extensions whose Fitting subgroup has a minimal centre. Then we apply these methods in topological applications. We discuss the calculation of Betti numbers for compact manifolds, and we describe algorithmic approaches in classifying almost Bieberbach groups.

MSC:

20F16 Solvable groups, supersolvable groups
20-04 Software, source code, etc. for problems pertaining to group theory
57-04 Software, source code, etc. for problems pertaining to manifolds and cell complexes
57M05 Fundamental group, presentations, free differential calculus
57M07 Topological methods in group theory
20H15 Other geometric groups, including crystallographic groups
68W30 Symbolic computation and algebraic computation

Software:

Polycyclic; AClib; GAP
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