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Cyclic rewriting and conjugacy problems

Volker Diekert, Andrew Duncan and Alexei G. Myasnikov


Cyclic words are equivalence classes of cyclic permutations of ordinary words. When a group is given by a rewriting relation, a rewriting system on cyclic words is induced, which is used to construct algorithms to find minimal length elements of conjugacy classes in the group. These techniques are applied to the universal groups of Stallings pregroups and in particular to free products with amalgamation, HNN-extensions and virtually free groups, to yield simple and intuitive algorithms and proofs of conjugacy criteria.

Received: 2012-06-17
Published Online: 2012-11-27
Published in Print: 2012-12-01

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