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We shall briefly discuss the general case of this problem, in order to
introduce the concept of Sims chains, for cases when the acting group is given
by generators and relations. We shall then use it in a detailed
description of a direct evaluation of a transversal of the orbits of *G*
on *Y ^{X}* with prescribed content

These methods can be used for the evaluation of
catalogues of discrete structures
that can be defined as orbits of finite groups on finite sets, and in
particular of discrete structures which can be considered as symmetry
classes of mappings. For example, a catalogue of all the graphs on
*v£10* points was obtained in this way, as well as a catalogue of
0-1-matrices under the action of the direct product of the symmetric groups on
the rows and columns (the *contexts* that are of interest for the
concept analysis).

It is clear that for higher
*v* it is nearly impossible to get such a catalogue of graphs,
its cardinality is much too
big. But nevertheless there are cases where one wants to try a hypothesis on
graphs on 15 or 20 vertices, say. In these cases we can apply
a recent and very important method of generating orbit representatives
uniformly at random, which will also be described. It can be used, for example,
in order to test graph invariants, and to do all kinds of examinations of
structures that can be defined as orbits of finite actions by inspection of
big sets of examples.
It helps, say, easily to get nonisomorphic
labelled graphs with same edge degree sequence and same characteristic
polynomial, if we want to demonstrate that these two invariants are not
complete, even if we put them together.

Finally we shall describe the corresponding problem in linear representation theory which is the evaluation of symmetry adapted bases. Such bases serve very well whenever there are symmetries.

harald.fripertinger@kfunigraz.ac.at,

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