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On quasihomomorphisms with noncommutative targets


We describe structure of quasihomomorphisms from arbitrary groups to discrete groups. We show that all quasihomomorphisms are “constructible”, i.e., are obtained via certain natural operations from homomorphisms to some groups and quasihomomorphisms to abelian groups. We illustrate this theorem by describing quasihomomorphisms to certain classes of groups. For instance, every unbounded quasihomomorphism to a torsion-free hyperbolic group H is either a homomorphism to a subgroup of H or is a quasihomomorphism to an infinite cyclic subgroup of H.

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