A permutation group is a three-star group if it induces a non-trivial group on each 3-element subset of points. Our main results are that a primitive three-star group is generously transitive and that a finite primitive three-star group has rank at most 3, that is, a stabiliser has at most 3 orbits. We also describe the structure of an arbitrary (non-primitive) three-star group and give a collection of examples. In particular, we sketch a construction of infinite primitive three-star groups of arbitrarily high rank.
|Journal||Illinois Journal of Mathematics|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|