# Question:Maple incorrectly ignores fixed points of permutations

## Question:Maple incorrectly ignores fixed points of permutations

Maple 17

Let G be a permutation group like S3. I have a loop in which x runs over the elements of this group.

When I ask the cycle type of x or the number of orbits of x, Maple gives an incorrect result in some cases. This is because when x=(12), for example, Maple considers x to be an element of the permutation group S2 instead of S3, i.e. it fails to understand that (12) should really be (12)(3) in this case.

Is there a way I can instruct Maple to consider the permutation (12) as a member of S3 instead of S2?

I am posting the code as requested. Something like this:

with(GroupTheory);

for x in Elements(S3) do print(x, numelems(Orbits(PermutationGroup(x)))) end do;

(I don't know how to format this, sorry)

This code is simply asking how many orbits exist in the action of each element of S3. The result will be 1 for x=(12), however, because Maple will assume that (12) is acting on the set {1,2}, even though I am considering (12) as an element of S3. I want it to consider (12)=(12)(3) and let it act on the set {1,2,3}, thereby producing 2 orbits, not 1.

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