I hope to have your help, if I have

listp = Permutations[Range[7]];

With the following functions, I delete the lists that contain {7,2} and {2,7} of the variable listp


For example in listp is the permutation {1,4,2,7,6,3,5}, which should be deleted from listp, since it contains {2,7}, also permutation {5,1,6,4 , 3,2,7} should be deleted from listp for the same reason. To make all permutations like those mentioned above be removed from listp I do the following:

ek = Select[listp, filtro];
{Length[listp], Length[ek]}

As you can see 720 permutations of listp have been eliminated, I have only used {2,7} as a criterion, now if I use {7,2} let's see how many permutations are eliminated

do = Select[ek, sfir];
{Length[listp], Length[ek], Length[do]}

You will have already noticed that 720 permutations were erased, in total 1440 permutations of listp have been eliminated.

What I did in the previous section was simply delete all the permutations of {2,7} which are


The problem is that for each permutation I had to build a function, besides I want to erase other permutations, which I enlist so that you know what they are.


If I have counted correctly, I would have to do 30 functions to erase all the permutations that I want from listp. I would like to ask you to please help me carry out this listp debugging, since I thought about using the DeleteCases command but I did not know how to assign the permutations that I want to delete within that command, maybe you know an alternative method to achieve my goal. Any help is welcome since I am stuck in this part. Thanks in advance.


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I think OrderlessPatternSequence is the missing piece. For example,

DeleteCases[listp, {___, OrderlessPatternSequence[2, 7], ___}] 

will delete any list inside listp that contains the sequence 2,7 or 7,2.

If there are other sequences to be deleted you could make a composite pattern with

patt = Alternatives[
   OrderlessPatternSequence[2, 7],
   OrderlessPatternSequence[1, 3, 5],
   OrderlessPatternSequence[2, 4, 6, 7]


DeleteCases[listp, {___, patt, ___}]

will delete any list containing these orderless patterns.

If you are using a version prior to 10.1 then OrderlessPatternSequence is not defined, and you can implement it yourself as

OrderlessPatternSequence[args___] := 
 Alternatives @@ PatternSequence @@@ Permutations@{args}
  • $\begingroup$ First of all an apology for thanking you so far, the solution that you shared with me works wonderfully, I have tried it online and I get what I was looking for, thanks for your help. I do not know if you have any solution that works in MMA version 10.0, since in that version there is no command OrderlessPatternSequence, that would be extra because I have that version on desktop, thank you again $\endgroup$ Jul 4, 2018 at 0:53
  • $\begingroup$ No need to apologize at all. See the edit for an alternative definition. $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Jul 4, 2018 at 1:58

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