a1 School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia (email: email@example.com)
The minimal faithful permutation degree μ(G) of a finite group G is the least non-negative integer n such that G embeds in the symmetric group Sym(n). Work of Johnson and Wright in the 1970s established conditions for when μ(H×K)=μ(H)+μ(K), for finite groups H and K. Wright asked whether this is true for all finite groups. A counter-example of degree 15 was provided by the referee and was added as an addendum in Wright’s paper. Here we provide two counter-examples; one of degree 12 and the other of degree 10.
(Received March 17 2008)
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