Tietze transformation

Tietze transformations are a formalisation of the informal substitution methods that are natural when working with group presentations.

Let $G= \langle X: R\rangle$ be a group presentation, where the ‘specified isomorphism to $G$’ is unspecified!

The following transformations do not change the group $G$:

T1: Adding a superfluous relation

$\langle X: R\rangle$ becomes $\langle X: R^'\rangle$, where $R^' = R \cup \{r\}$ and $r\in N(R)$ the normal closure of the relations in the free group on $X$, i.e., $r$ is a consequence of $R$;

T2: Removing a superfluous relation

$\langle X: R\rangle$ becomes $\langle X: R^'\rangle$ where $R^' = R - \{r\}$, and $r$ is a consequence of $R^'$;

T3: Adding a superfluous generator

$\langle X: R\rangle$ becomes $\langle X^': R^'\rangle$, where $X^' = X\cup \{ g\}$, $g$ being a new symbol not in $X$, and $R^' = R\cup\{wg^{-1}\}$, where $w$ is a word in the other generators, that is $w$ is in the image of the inclusion of $F(X)$ into $F(X^')$;

T4: Removing a superfluous generator

$\langle X: R\rangle$ becomes $\langle X^': R^'\rangle$, where $X^' = X - \{ g\}$, and $R^' = R-\{wg^{-1}\}$ with $w\in F(X^')$ and $wg^{-1}\in R$ and no other members of $R\prime$ involve $g$.

Given two finite presentations of the same group, one can be obtained from the other by a finite sequence of Tietze transformations.

Tietze’s original paper is

- H. Tietze,
*Über die topologischen Invarianten mehrdimensionaler Mannigfaltigkeiten*, Monatsschr. Math. Phys., 19 (1908) 1 –118.

See also

- W. Magnus and B. Chandler,
*The history of combinatorial group theory*, Springer (1982).

category: group theory

Revised on January 30, 2012 17:42:03
by Tim Porter
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