> < ^ Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2000 22:21:43 -0400 (EDT)
> < ^ From: Alexander Hulpke <hulpke@math.colostate.edu >
< ^ Subject: Re: matrix groups over a ring

Dear Gap Forum,

David Joyner asked:
> Does anyone know an easy way to construct a matrix group over a
> ring such as Z/p^nZ in GAP? For example, I've tried constructing the
> ring R of 2x2 matrices
> over Z/9Z, for example, using something like
> Eventually, I'd like to convert such a group into a permutation group

At the moment, GAP has problems with inverting matrices over rings, which
are not integral domains (the default inversion routines do a gaussian
elimination which assumes no zero divisors occur).

Ultimately, this is also the reason for `Units' failing (though I don't get
a result as you do, but an error message or even a crash).

We are working on correcting these shortcomings, but as the fixes involve
interaction with some of the more inner setup of matrix arithmetic, I would
expect a correction will not make it in a bugfix, but only in the
next release.

Coming back to your original problem:
To create a permutation representation, one can already use the following
(slightly convoluted) method:

r:=Integers mod 9;
g:=GroupWithGenerators([m1,m2]); # does not test invertability

(The problem of finding generators for the full GL(n,Z/9) still remains,

Apologies for these complications,

Alexander Hulpke

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