Opposite group

In group theory, a branch of mathematics, an opposite group is a way to construct a group from another group that allows one to define right action as a special case of left action.

Monoids, groups, rings, and algebras can be viewed as categories with a single object. The construction of the opposite category generalizes the opposite group, opposite ring, etc.


Let be a group under the operation . The opposite group of , denoted , has the same underlying set as , and its group operation is defined by .

If is abelian, then it is equal to its opposite group. Also, every group (not necessarily abelian) is naturally isomorphic to its opposite group: An isomorphism is given by . More generally, any antiautomorphism gives rise to a corresponding isomorphism via , since

Group action

Let be an object in some category, and be a right action. Then is a left action defined by , or .

See also

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