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Concept# Projective linear group

Summary

In mathematics, especially in the group theoretic area of algebra, the projective linear group (also known as the projective general linear group or PGL) is the induced action of the general linear group of a vector space V on the associated projective space P(V). Explicitly, the projective linear group is the quotient group
:PGL(V) = GL(V)/Z(V)
where GL(V) is the general linear group of V and Z(V) is the subgroup of all nonzero scalar transformations of V; these are quotiented out because they act trivially on the projective space and they form the kernel of the action, and the notation "Z" reflects that the scalar transformations form the center of the general linear group.
The projective special linear group, PSL, is defined analogously, as the induced action of the special linear group on the associated projective space. Explicitly:
:PSL(V) = SL(V)/SZ(V)
where SL(V) is the special linear group over V and SZ(V) is the subgroup of scalar transformations with unit determinant. Her

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