Combinatorics

Description

A collection of modules and methods for performing Combinatoric calculations. Methods are defined to compute power sets, cartesian products, permutations, combinations, and derangements.

Note: this includes k-combinations and k-permutations, i.e. only generating resultant sets of a given size. Each set theory operation method supports block arguments to allow continuous code execution during the combinatoric set generation process. Each combinatoric operation implementation also supports a cardinality method which determines the total number of subsets that will be created beforehand (to aid in the avoidance of starting an operation which will never complete due to exponential computational complexity.)

Features

Examples

Power-set:

Set['ab', 'cd', 'ef'].powerset
# => [#<Set: {}>,
      #<Set: {"ef"}>,
      #<Set: {"cd"}>,
      #<Set: {"cd", "ef"}>,
      #<Set: {"ab"}>,
      #<Set: {"ab", "ef"}>,
      #<Set: {"ab", "cd"}>,
      #<Set: {"ab", "cd", "ef"}>]

Cartesian products:

require 'combinatorics/cartesian_product'

['a', 'b', 'c'].cartesian_product([0, 1, 2]).to_a
# => [["a", 0], 
      ["b", 0], 
      ["c", 0], 
      ["a", 1], 
      ["b", 1], 
      ["c", 1], 
      ["a", 2], 
      ["b", 2], 
      ["c", 2]]

k-combinations:

require 'combinatorics/choose'

('a'..'f').to_a.choose(2).to_a
# => [["a", "b"], 
      ["a", "c"], 
      ["a", "d"], 
      ["a", "e"], 
      ["a", "f"], 
      ["b", "c"], 
      ["b", "d"], 
      ["b", "e"], 
      ["b", "f"], 
      ["c", "d"], 
      ["c", "e"], 
      ["c", "f"], 
      ["d", "e"], 
      ["d", "f"], 
      ["e", "f"]]

Derangements:

require 'combinatorics/derange'

[:_, :q, :z, :x].derange.to_a
# => [[:q, :_, :x, :z], 
      [:q, :z, :x, :_], 
      [:q, :x, :_, :z], 
      [:z, :_, :x, :q], 
      [:z, :x, :_, :q], 
      [:z, :x, :q, :_], 
      [:x, :_, :q, :z], 
      [:x, :z, :_, :q], 
      [:x, :z, :q, :_]]

Permutation cardinality:

require 'combinatorics/permutation'

Combinatorics::Permute.cardinality(128)
# => 8256

List comprehensions:

require 'combinatorics/list_comprehension'

[(0..10).step(2),('a'..'c')].comprehension.to_a
# => [[0, "a"],
      [0, "b"],
      [0, "c"],
      [2, "a"],
      [2, "b"],
      [2, "c"],
      [4, "a"],
      [4, "b"],
      [4, "c"],
      [6, "a"],
      [6, "b"],
      [6, "c"],
      [8, "a"],
      [8, "b"],
      [8, "c"],
      [10, "a"],
      [10, "b"],
      [10, "c"]]

Find the intersecting sub-range between two ranges:

(1..50) & (20..100)
# => (20..50)

Enumerate over every sub-range between two ranges:

(1..5).upto(2..10).to_a
# => [1..5, 1..6, 1..7, 1..8, 1..9, 1..10,
      2..5, 2..6, 2..7, 2..8, 2..9, 2..10]

Requirements

Install

$ gem install combinatorics

Copyright

Copyright (c) 2010-2012 Hal Brodigan

See LICENSE for license information.