Base sizes for simple groups and a conjecture of Cameron

@article{Burness2009BaseSF,
  title={Base sizes for simple groups and a conjecture of Cameron},
  author={Timothy C. Burness and M. Liebeck and A. Shalev},
  journal={Proceedings of The London Mathematical Society},
  year={2009},
  volume={98},
  pages={116-162}
}
Let G be a permutation group on a finite set !. A base for G is a subset B ! ! with pointwise stabilizer in G that is trivial; we write b(G) for the smallest size of a base for G. In this paper we prove that b(G) ! 6 if G is an almost simple group of exceptional Lie type and ! is a primitive faithful G-set. An important consequence of this result, when combined with other recent work, is that b(G) ! 7 for any almost simple group G in a non-standard action, proving a conjecture of Cameron. The… Expand
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