We show that a rank reduction technique for string C-group representations first used in [Adv. Math. 228 (2018), pp. 3207–3222] for the symmetric groups generalizes to arbitrary settings. The technique permits us, among other things, to prove that orthogonal groups defined on d-dimensional modules over fields of even order greater than 2 possess string C-group representations of all ranks. The broad applicability of the rank reduction technique provides fresh impetus to construct, for suitable families of groups, string C-groups of highest possible rank. It also suggests that the alternating group Alt(11)—the only known group having “rank gaps”—is perhaps more unusual than previously thought.
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Brooksbank, Peter A. and Leemans, Dimitri. "Rank reduction of string C-group representations." (2019) : 5421-5426.