A note on factorizations of finite groups

Document Type: Original Article


Department of Mathematics, University of California Berkeley, CA 94720-3840 USA.


In Question 19.35 of the Kourovka Notebook, M. H. Hooshmand asks whether, given a finite group $G$ and a factorization $\mathrm{card}(G)= n_1\ldots n_k,$ one can always find subsets $A_1,\ldots,A_k$ of $G$ with $\mathrm{card}(A_i)=n_i$ such that $G=A_1\ldots A_k;$ equivalently, such that the group multiplication map $A_1\times\ldots\times A_k\to G$ is a bijection. We show that for $G$ the alternating goup on $4$ elements, $k=3,$ and $(n_1,n_2,n_3) = (2,3,2),$ the answer is negative. We then generalize some of the tools used in our proof, and note a related open question.


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