A puzzle for Pythonistas

Alan James Salmoni alan_salmoni at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 1 14:43:24 CET 2003

Thanks Jackdied,

I'll look into this.


Jack Diederich <jack at performancedrivers.com> wrote in message news:<mailman.1044029446.21528.python-list at python.org>...
> On Fri, Jan 31, 2003 at 04:59:17AM -0800, Alan James Salmoni wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> > 
> > This is just a little puzzle to test your brains on - well, I should
> > come clean really, so what I need to do is work out a way to get all
> > the interactions from 2 or more variables for SalStat a small
> > statistics package, but to be honest, I am rather stuck on this bit.
> > 
> > The problem is defined like this: I have a list of unique integers,
> > and the list is of arbitrary length, though 2 elements is the minimum.
> > Using each integer only once, what are the possible combinations of 2
> > or more elements that can be derived from this list. I know how to
> > work out how many combinations there are: ((2**len(list))-1-len(list))
> > which is quite simple.
> probstat.sourceforge.net has fast permutation/combination classes.
> None perfectly match what you are looking for but using them in combo
> with the other replies will make the bits go faster.
> Partial disclosure, I wrote the module.
> It is textbook C algorithms with python wrappers.
> -jackdied

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