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Let's Generate Permutations!

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Generating Permutations

In today's post we're going to discuss the generation of permutations.

Often, in combinatorics problems, we are interested in how many different instances or configurations of a particular thing we can have (what we'll call "enumeration" or "counting"). However, that is different from wanting to actually see all of those configurations. Indeed, if we are counting something with an astronomical number of configurations, we don't want to try to list all of them.

However, as usual, Donald Knuth, who covers the topic of permutation generation in Volume 4A of his classic work, The Art of Computer Programming, uncovers …




Five Letter Words: Part 3: Letter Coverage and Dynamic Programming

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NOTE: The code covered in this post uses Python 3. The scripts can be converted to Python 2 with minimal effort, but the author would encourage any user of Python 2 to "put on your big kid pants" and make the switch to Python 3. Let's all make this painful, drawn-out switch from Python 2 to Python 3 a thing of the past, shall we?

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Introduction

The letter/word coverage problem, as presented by Donald Knuth in Volume 4, Facsimile 0 of his masterpiece Art of …




Five Letter Words: Part 2: More Five-Word Algorithms

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NOTE: The code covered in this post uses Python 3. The scripts can be converted to Python 2 with minimal effort, but the author would encourage any user of Python 2 to "put on your big kid pants" and make the switch to Python 3. Let's all make this painful, drawn-out switch from Python 2 to Python 3 a thing of the past, shall we?

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Five Letter Words: Part 1: Getting Familiar With The List

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NOTE: The code covered in this post uses Python 3. The scripts can be converted to Python 2 with minimal effort, but the author would encourage any user of Python 2 to "put on your big kid pants" and make the switch to Python 3. Let's all make this painful, drawn-out switch from Python 2 to Python 3 a thing of the past, shall we?

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CSE 143 Final Project: Classy

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Problem Description

Comedian John Cleese, in his memoir So Anyway..., described the social classes of his mother and father as "upper-uper-lower-middle class" and "middle-middle-middle-lower-middle class", respectively. Write a program that will sort individuals based on a labeling of their social standing by class.

The three main classes are upper, middle, and lower. Classes progress hierarchically from right to left. For example, lower-upper would come before lower-lower. There is also ordering within a class, so upper-upper is a higher class than middle-upper.

Once you have reached …




Teaching Recursion with the N Queens Problem

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A Gentle Introduction to Recursion

Recursion, particularly recursive backtracking, is far and away the most challenging topic I cover when I teach the CSE 143 (Java Programming II) course at South Seattle College. Teaching the concept of recursion, on its own, is challenging: the concept is a hard one to encounter in everyday life, making it unfamiliar, and that creates a lot of friction when students try to understand how to apply recursion.

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Python vs. Perl: N Queens Problem

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Background

Revisiting the N queens problem, this time implementing the solution in Python.

Verb-oriented solution, functional, and based on Perl solution

More fair comparison - both are interpreted languages, not compiled languages

Compare Python and Perl, ease of implementation, speed, flexibility

N Queens Problem

As a recap from the …



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Perl vs. Java: N Queens Problem

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In this post, we describe an implementation of the N Queens Problem, which is a puzzle related to optimization, combinatorics, and recursive backtracking. The puzzle asks: how many configurations are there for placing 8 queens on a chessboard such that no queen can attack any othr queen?

This problem was implemented in Perl …



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