> < ^ Date: Tue, 16 Jul 1996 09:08:46 -0500
< ^ From: Philip Osterlund <osterlu@s5.math.umn.edu >
> < ^ Subject: Re: Representation of group elements

Dear GAP forum
On Tue, 16 Jul 1996, Juergen Ecker wrote:

I want to have the elements of my groups expressed in terms of the generators
of the group. Is there a GAP-function that does this (I believe, no) or an
easy way to do it "by hand"?

I believe that my package "AbStab.g" is what Juergen Ecker is looking
for. If G is a permutation group, and x is an element of G, then
"FactorPermGroupElement(G,x)" will represent x as a product of the
generators. (The generators are represented by abstract generators.)
Please note, the result should not be assumed to be the shortest product
of the generators that gives x.
You may find AbStab.g on the gap incoming ftp site, or on my home page:


-Philip Osterlund
University of Minnesota

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