# Questions tagged [combinatorics]

Questions on the use of Mathematica in combinatorics, including the Combinatorica add-on package.

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### Partition a set into subsets of size $k$

Given a set $\{a_1,a_2,\dots,a_{lk}\}$ and a positive integer $l$, how can I find all the partitions which includes subsets of size $l$ in Mathematica? For instance, given ...
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### How to load a package without naming conflicts?

This question applies to any package, but I encountered this problem while working with graphs. There are symbols in the Combinatorica package (such as ...
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### Looking for "Longest Common Substring" solution

I'm looking for robust code to solve the "Longest Common Substring" problem: Find the longest string (or strings) that is a substring (or are substrings) of two or more strings. I can just code it ...
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### Insert $+$, $-$, $\times$, $/$, $($, $)$ into $123456789$ to make it equal to $100$

Insert $+$, $-$, $\times$, $/$, $($, $)$ into $123456789$ to make it equal to $100$. Looks like a question for pupils, right? In fact, if the available math symbols are limited to addition ($+$), ...
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### Efficient lazy weak compositions

In Mathematica all weak k-compositions of integer n can be generated using permutations of integer partitions: ...
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### Faster derangements?

I wonder what is the fastest method to generate derangements? Both the Combinatorica function and Martin Ender's answer to Permutations of lists of fixed even numbers are based on filtering the ...
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### How to improve the performance of solutions to Project Euler (#39)?

This is the problem 39 of Project Euler, which I asked in the chat room two days ago. My original code runs as slowly as snails, and finally I got two answers from JM and Rojo. Unfortunately, both of ...
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### How to Derive Tuples Without Replacement

Given a couple of lists like a={1,2,3,4,6} and b={2,3,4,6,9} I can use the built-in Mathematica symbol ...
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### Permutations[Range[12]] produces an error instead of a list

This input: Permutations[Range[12]] Results in this (error) output: ...
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### What is the fastest way to count square-free words?

Background A word is a string of letters in an alphabet. A square-free word has no adjacent repeating substring. For example, (in the ternary alphabet of {0,1,2}) the words 00, 012121, and 0212012021 ...
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### How do I generate the upper triangular indices from a list?

I have some list {1,2,3} How do I generate nested pairs such that I get {{1,2},{1,3},{2,3}} That is, I'd like a way to ...
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### Solving word search puzzles

I am trying to create a code that can identify the following terms in a grid of letters: MATHEMATICA, STACK, EXCHANGE and USERS. ...
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### Shuffle product of two lists

I want to do the following: I have two lists {a_1,...a_n}, {b_1,...,b_n} and I would like to build now all shuffles out of this. This means all unions of these ...
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### How to generate all possible orderless partitions of a list according to another list?

This question is hard to describe in plain text. So I will post an example and a working code (brute force) to illustrate. For example I have a list: ...
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### Plotting an Unreasonable Function

Without getting into too much detail, the following (very complicated) function recently appeared as a solution to a combinatorics problem I've been thinking about: P(n) = \frac{52!}{52^{52}} \cdot ...
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### Generating Tuples with restrictions

I am interested in a certain subset of all tuples. Generating all with Tuples and then filtering is wasteful, and will "blow up" very quickly. For a concrete ...
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### Lazy lists of Tuples and Subsets

I'm trying to build a lazy list that evaluates the n'th m-tuple or subset of a given list using Mathematicas ordering without calculating all the Tuples. The purpose is to allow for example the ...
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### Improving speed of code computing number of nonrepeating partitions

I need to answer the following for a number of parameters: How many ways can the integer $k$ be written as a sum of $n$ different integers ranging from $1$ to $m$? My initial attempt was the ...
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### How to enumerate all possible binary associations?

Suppose I have a list of symbols like: {a,b,c,d} I would like to enumerate all possible binary associations (combining symbols and/or sublists pairwise): ...
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### How to generate all Feynman diagrams with Mathematica?

I'm using the words "Feynman diagrams" for indexing purposes, but the question is in fact purely graph-theoretic. Given a list n={n1,n2,...} of non-negative ...
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### Enumerating tuples from a larger space such that all pairs of values are present at least once

I am trying to write a function that will accept a list of N lists and returns a list of N-tuples that represent all pairs of values from the original N lists at least once. To illustrate with an ...
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### Count number of sublists with a total not greater than a given max

Suppose I have a list of positive integers: data={1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 12, 16, 23} I want to count the number of subsets up to ...
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### When to use built-in Graph/GraphPlot vs. Combinatorica

What are the pros and cons of using built-in Graph/GraphPlot (and related) types vs. types in the Combinatorica package?
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### Permutations of nested parentheses (Dyck words)

How would I construct a function that outputs Dyck Words? e.g. - there are 14 words in $\mathcal{D}_{8}$: ...
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### Is it better to completely forget about the existence of PowersRepresentations?

I noticed that in several cases the performance of PowersRepresentations is hugely worse than that of IntegerPartitions. (Mma 10....
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### Programming a bishop's move on a grid

I am simplifying the question i need too work with, any advice on how to proceed for each step would be appreciated(no answers) I have a square grid of size a by b, inside the cell is an object that ...