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Automatic structures on central extensions. (English) Zbl 1114.20305
Cossey, John (ed.) et al., Geometric group theory down under. Proceedings of a special year in geometric group theory, Canberra, Australia, July 14–19, 1996. Berlin: de Gruyter (ISBN 3-11-016366-7/hbk). 261-280 (1999).
Summary: We show that a central extension of a group \(H\) by an Abelian group \(A\) has an automatic structure with \(A\) a rational subgroup if and only if \(H\) has an automatic structure for which the extension is given by a “regular” cocycle. This had been proved for biautomatic structures by W. D. Neumann and L. Reeves [Int. J. Algebra Comput. 6, No. 3, 313-324 (1996; Zbl 0928.20028)]. We make a start at classifying automatic structures on such groups, but we show that, at least for automatic structures, a classification using “controlling subgroups”, as done by the authors in certain other cases, is impossible.
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