1. Automorphism Loci

Problem 1.1.
[L. DeMarco and J. Silverman] Given a subgroup $G$ of ${\rm{PGL}}_{N+1}$, we define $\mathcal{M}_d^N[G]$ to be the Zariski closed subset defined by maps whose automorphism group contains an isomorphic copy of $G$. Investigate these loci.
Remark. The automorphism locus and its stratification is thoroughly studied in the case of $N=1$ and an algebraically closed field of characteristic 0 [MR3709645]. There are also results in positive characteristic [arXiv:2003.12113].

Remark. If the finite group $G$ can be embedded in ${\rm{PGL}}_{N+1}$, then $\mathcal{M}_d^N[G]$ becomes nonempty for some $d$ [MR3846410].


Problem 1.2.
[J. Silverman] What is the class determined by $\mathcal{M}_d^N[G]$ in the homology? 
Problem 1.3.
[M. Weinreich] What are possible automorphism groups for maps at the boundary of $(\mathcal{M}_d^N)^{\rm{ss}}$? 
Problem 1.4.
[D. Bejleri] What is the essential dimension of $\mathcal{M}_d^N[G]$?
Remark. The essential dimension is the least transcendence degree of a field of definition.


Problem 1.5.
[K. Filom] Relate the singular locus of $\mathcal{M}_d^N$ to the automorphism locus $$\{\langle f\rangle\in \mathcal{M}_d^N\mid {\rm{Aut}}(f) \text{ is nontrivial}\}$$ which is where the conjugation action fails to be free.
Remark. For $N=1$ and $d>2$, the automorphism locus of $\mathcal{M}_d^N(\Bbb{C})$ (i.e. the orbifold locus) coincides with its singular locus (i.e. the subset of nonmanifold points) [MR3709645].

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