Applied Algebra Seminar/Abstracts F13

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October 31

Title: Functional Graphs of Affine-Linear Transformations over Finite Fields
Abstract: A linear transformation [math]A: (\mathbb{F}_q)^n \to (\mathbb{F}_q)^n[/math] gives rise to a directed graph by regarding the elements of (\F_q)^n as vertices and drawing an edge from v to w if Av = w. In 1959, Elspas determined the "functional graphs" on q^n vertices that are realized in this way. In doing so he showed that there are many non-similar linear transformations which have isomorphic functional graphs (and so are conjugate by a non-linear permutation of (\F_q)^n). I review some of this work and prove an new upper bound on the number of equivalence classes of affine-linear transformations of (F_q)^n under the equivalence relation of isomorphism of functional graphs. This bound is significantly smaller than the number of conjugacy classes of GL_n(q). This is joint work with Eric Bach.