Welcome to trotter
, a library that simplifies working with metaarrangements commonly
encountered in combinatorics such as arrangements of combinations and permutations.
trotter
gives the developer access to pseudolists that 'contain'
all selections (combinations, permutations, etc.) of objects taken from a specified list of
items.
The order of arrangements is based on the the order produced by the Steinhausâ€“Johnsonâ€“Trotter algorithm for ordering permutations, which I have generalized to combinations and arrangements that allow for replacement after item selection.
The pseudolist classes available are:
 Combinations.
 Permutations.
 Compositions (combinations with replacement).
 Amalgams (permutations with replacement).
 Subsets (combinations of unspecified size).
 Compounds (permutations of unspecified size).
Demos
To see trotter
in action:

Play Falco Shapes, a little puzzle based on Marsha Falco's game of Set.

Explore the huge number of permutations of letters of the alphabet with Permutation Products.
Using trotter
Include the following dependency in pubspec.yaml:
trotter: ^1.1.0
Then, to import the library:
import 'package:trotter/trotter.dart';
The basic classes
Combinations
A combination is a selection of items for which order is not important and items are not replaced after being selected.
The Combinations
class 'contains' all combinations of a set of items.
Example:
final bagOfItems = characters('abcde'),
combos = Combinations(3, bagOfItems);
for (final combo in combos()) {
print(combo);
}
Output:
[a, b, c]
[a, b, d]
[a, b, e]
[a, c, d]
[a, c, e]
[a, d, e]
[b, c, d]
[b, c, e]
[b, d, e]
[c, d, e]
Permutations
A permutation is a selection of items for which order is important and items are not replaced after being selected.
The Permutations
class 'contains' all permutations of a set of items.
Example:
final bagOfItems = characters('abcde'), perms = Permutations(3, bagOfItems);
for (final perm in perms()) {
print(perm);
}
Output:
[a, b, c]
[a, c, b]
[c, a, b]
[c, b, a]
[b, c, a]
[b, a, c]
[a, b, d]
[a, d, b]
[d, a, b]
[d, b, a]
[b, d, a]
[b, a, d]
[a, b, e]
[a, e, b]
[e, a, b]
[e, b, a]
[b, e, a]
[b, a, e]
[a, c, d]
[a, d, c]
[d, a, c]
[d, c, a]
[c, d, a]
[c, a, d]
[a, c, e]
[a, e, c]
[e, a, c]
[e, c, a]
[c, e, a]
[c, a, e]
[a, d, e]
[a, e, d]
[e, a, d]
[e, d, a]
[d, e, a]
[d, a, e]
[b, c, d]
[b, d, c]
[d, b, c]
[d, c, b]
[c, d, b]
[c, b, d]
[b, c, e]
[b, e, c]
[e, b, c]
[e, c, b]
[c, e, b]
[c, b, e]
[b, d, e]
[b, e, d]
[e, b, d]
[e, d, b]
[d, e, b]
[d, b, e]
[c, d, e]
[c, e, d]
[e, c, d]
[e, d, c]
[d, e, c]
[d, c, e]
(Notice that this library arranges permutations similarly to the way the
SteinhausJohnsonTrotter
algorithm arranges permutations. In fact, if we get the permutations of
all the specified items, e.g. var perms = Permutations(bagOfItems.length, bagOfItems);
in the above code, the arrangement of permutations is exactly what would
have resulted from applying the SJT algorithm. The algorithms in this library
have an advantage in that they do not iterate through all k  1 permutations in
order to determint the kth permutation, however.)
Compositions
A composition (or combination with replacement) is a selection of items for which order is not important and items are replaced after being selected.
The Compositions
class 'contains' all compositions of a set of items.
Here are all the compositions of three items taken from a bag of five items:
Example:
final bagOfItems = characters('abcde'), comps = Compositions(3, bagOfItems);
for (final comp in comps()) {
print(comp);
}
Output:
[a, a, a]
[a, a, b]
[a, a, c]
[a, a, d]
[a, a, e]
[a, b, b]
[a, b, c]
[a, b, d]
[a, b, e]
[a, c, c]
[a, c, d]
[a, c, e]
[a, d, d]
[a, d, e]
[a, e, e]
[b, b, b]
[b, b, c]
[b, b, d]
[b, b, e]
[b, c, c]
[b, c, d]
[b, c, e]
[b, d, d]
[b, d, e]
[b, e, e]
[c, c, c]
[c, c, d]
[c, c, e]
[c, d, d]
[c, d, e]
[c, e, e]
[d, d, d]
[d, d, e]
[d, e, e]
[e, e, e]
Amalgams
An amalgam (or permutation with replacement) is a selection of items for which order is important and items are replaced after being selected.
The Amalgams
class 'contains' all amalgams of a set of items.
Example:
final bagOfItems = characters('abcde'), amals = Amalgams(3, bagOfItems);
for (final amal in amals()) {
print(amal);
}
Output:
[a, a, a]
[a, a, b]
[a, a, c]
[a, a, d]
[a, a, e]
[a, b, a]
[a, b, b]
[a, b, c]
[a, b, d]
[a, b, e]
[a, c, a]
[a, c, b]
[a, c, c]
[a, c, d]
[a, c, e]
[a, d, a]
[a, d, b]
[a, d, c]
[a, d, d]
[a, d, e]
[a, e, a]
[a, e, b]
[a, e, c]
[a, e, d]
[a, e, e]
[b, a, a]
[b, a, b]
[b, a, c]
[b, a, d]
[b, a, e]
[b, b, a]
[b, b, b]
[b, b, c]
[b, b, d]
[b, b, e]
[b, c, a]
[b, c, b]
[b, c, c]
[b, c, d]
[b, c, e]
[b, d, a]
[b, d, b]
[b, d, c]
[b, d, d]
[b, d, e]
[b, e, a]
[b, e, b]
[b, e, c]
[b, e, d]
[b, e, e]
[c, a, a]
[c, a, b]
[c, a, c]
[c, a, d]
[c, a, e]
[c, b, a]
[c, b, b]
[c, b, c]
[c, b, d]
[c, b, e]
[c, c, a]
[c, c, b]
[c, c, c]
[c, c, d]
[c, c, e]
[c, d, a]
[c, d, b]
[c, d, c]
[c, d, d]
[c, d, e]
[c, e, a]
[c, e, b]
[c, e, c]
[c, e, d]
[c, e, e]
[d, a, a]
[d, a, b]
[d, a, c]
[d, a, d]
[d, a, e]
[d, b, a]
[d, b, b]
[d, b, c]
[d, b, d]
[d, b, e]
[d, c, a]
[d, c, b]
[d, c, c]
[d, c, d]
[d, c, e]
[d, d, a]
[d, d, b]
[d, d, c]
[d, d, d]
[d, d, e]
[d, e, a]
[d, e, b]
[d, e, c]
[d, e, d]
[d, e, e]
[e, a, a]
[e, a, b]
[e, a, c]
[e, a, d]
[e, a, e]
[e, b, a]
[e, b, b]
[e, b, c]
[e, b, d]
[e, b, e]
[e, c, a]
[e, c, b]
[e, c, c]
[e, c, d]
[e, c, e]
[e, d, a]
[e, d, b]
[e, d, c]
[e, d, d]
[e, d, e]
[e, e, a]
[e, e, b]
[e, e, c]
[e, e, d]
[e, e, e]
Subsets
A subset (or combination of unspecified length) is a selection of items for which order is not important, items are not replaced and the number of items is not specified.
The Subsets
class 'contains' all subsets of a set of items.
Example:
final bagOfItems = characters('abcde'), subs = Subsets(bagOfItems);
for (final sub in subs()) {
print(sub);
}
Output:
[]
[a]
[b]
[a, b]
[c]
[a, c]
[b, c]
[a, b, c]
[d]
[a, d]
[b, d]
[a, b, d]
[c, d]
[a, c, d]
[b, c, d]
[a, b, c, d]
[e]
[a, e]
[b, e]
[a, b, e]
[c, e]
[a, c, e]
[b, c, e]
[a, b, c, e]
[d, e]
[a, d, e]
[b, d, e]
[a, b, d, e]
[c, d, e]
[a, c, d, e]
[b, c, d, e]
[a, b, c, d, e]
Compounds
A compound (or permutation of unspecified length) is a selection of items for which order is important, items are not replaced and the number of items is not specified.
The Compounds
class 'contains' all compounds of a set of items.
Example:
final bagOfItems = characters('abcde'), comps = Compounds(bagOfItems);
for (final comp in comps()) {
print(comp);
}
Output:
[]
[a]
[b]
[c]
[d]
[e]
[a, b]
[b, a]
[a, c]
[c, a]
[a, d]
[d, a]
[a, e]
[e, a]
[b, c]
[c, b]
[b, d]
[d, b]
[b, e]
[e, b]
[c, d]
[d, c]
[c, e]
[e, c]
[d, e]
[e, d]
[a, b, c]
[a, c, b]
[c, a, b]
[c, b, a]
[b, c, a]
[b, a, c]
[a, b, d]
[a, d, b]
[d, a, b]
[d, b, a]
[b, d, a]
[b, a, d]
[a, b, e]
[a, e, b]
[e, a, b]
[e, b, a]
[b, e, a]
[b, a, e]
[a, c, d]
[a, d, c]
[d, a, c]
[d, c, a]
[c, d, a]
[c, a, d]
[a, c, e]
[a, e, c]
[e, a, c]
[e, c, a]
[c, e, a]
[c, a, e]
[a, d, e]
[a, e, d]
[e, a, d]
[e, d, a]
[d, e, a]
[d, a, e]
[b, c, d]
[b, d, c]
[d, b, c]
[d, c, b]
[c, d, b]
[c, b, d]
[b, c, e]
[b, e, c]
[e, b, c]
[e, c, b]
[c, e, b]
[c, b, e]
[b, d, e]
[b, e, d]
[e, b, d]
[e, d, b]
[d, e, b]
[d, b, e]
[c, d, e]
[c, e, d]
[e, c, d]
[e, d, c]
[d, e, c]
[d, c, e]
[a, b, c, d]
[a, b, d, c]
[a, d, b, c]
[d, a, b, c]
[d, a, c, b]
[a, d, c, b]
[a, c, d, b]
[a, c, b, d]
[c, a, b, d]
[c, a, d, b]
[c, d, a, b]
[d, c, a, b]
[d, c, b, a]
[c, d, b, a]
[c, b, d, a]
[c, b, a, d]
[b, c, a, d]
[b, c, d, a]
[b, d, c, a]
[d, b, c, a]
[d, b, a, c]
[b, d, a, c]
[b, a, d, c]
[b, a, c, d]
[a, b, c, e]
[a, b, e, c]
[a, e, b, c]
[e, a, b, c]
[e, a, c, b]
[a, e, c, b]
[a, c, e, b]
[a, c, b, e]
[c, a, b, e]
[c, a, e, b]
[c, e, a, b]
[e, c, a, b]
[e, c, b, a]
[c, e, b, a]
[c, b, e, a]
[c, b, a, e]
[b, c, a, e]
[b, c, e, a]
[b, e, c, a]
[e, b, c, a]
[e, b, a, c]
[b, e, a, c]
[b, a, e, c]
[b, a, c, e]
[a, b, d, e]
[a, b, e, d]
[a, e, b, d]
[e, a, b, d]
[e, a, d, b]
[a, e, d, b]
[a, d, e, b]
[a, d, b, e]
[d, a, b, e]
[d, a, e, b]
[d, e, a, b]
[e, d, a, b]
[e, d, b, a]
[d, e, b, a]
[d, b, e, a]
[d, b, a, e]
[b, d, a, e]
[b, d, e, a]
[b, e, d, a]
[e, b, d, a]
[e, b, a, d]
[b, e, a, d]
[b, a, e, d]
[b, a, d, e]
[a, c, d, e]
[a, c, e, d]
[a, e, c, d]
[e, a, c, d]
[e, a, d, c]
[a, e, d, c]
[a, d, e, c]
[a, d, c, e]
[d, a, c, e]
[d, a, e, c]
[d, e, a, c]
[e, d, a, c]
[e, d, c, a]
[d, e, c, a]
[d, c, e, a]
[d, c, a, e]
[c, d, a, e]
[c, d, e, a]
[c, e, d, a]
[e, c, d, a]
[e, c, a, d]
[c, e, a, d]
[c, a, e, d]
[c, a, d, e]
[b, c, d, e]
[b, c, e, d]
[b, e, c, d]
[e, b, c, d]
[e, b, d, c]
[b, e, d, c]
[b, d, e, c]
[b, d, c, e]
[d, b, c, e]
[d, b, e, c]
[d, e, b, c]
[e, d, b, c]
[e, d, c, b]
[d, e, c, b]
[d, c, e, b]
[d, c, b, e]
[c, d, b, e]
[c, d, e, b]
[c, e, d, b]
[e, c, d, b]
[e, c, b, d]
[c, e, b, d]
[c, b, e, d]
[c, b, d, e]
[a, b, c, d, e]
[a, b, c, e, d]
[a, b, e, c, d]
[a, e, b, c, d]
[e, a, b, c, d]
[e, a, b, d, c]
[a, e, b, d, c]
[a, b, e, d, c]
[a, b, d, e, c]
[a, b, d, c, e]
[a, d, b, c, e]
[a, d, b, e, c]
[a, d, e, b, c]
[a, e, d, b, c]
[e, a, d, b, c]
[e, d, a, b, c]
[d, e, a, b, c]
[d, a, e, b, c]
[d, a, b, e, c]
[d, a, b, c, e]
[d, a, c, b, e]
[d, a, c, e, b]
[d, a, e, c, b]
[d, e, a, c, b]
[e, d, a, c, b]
[e, a, d, c, b]
[a, e, d, c, b]
[a, d, e, c, b]
[a, d, c, e, b]
[a, d, c, b, e]
[a, c, d, b, e]
[a, c, d, e, b]
[a, c, e, d, b]
[a, e, c, d, b]
[e, a, c, d, b]
[e, a, c, b, d]
[a, e, c, b, d]
[a, c, e, b, d]
[a, c, b, e, d]
[a, c, b, d, e]
[c, a, b, d, e]
[c, a, b, e, d]
[c, a, e, b, d]
[c, e, a, b, d]
[e, c, a, b, d]
[e, c, a, d, b]
[c, e, a, d, b]
[c, a, e, d, b]
[c, a, d, e, b]
[c, a, d, b, e]
[c, d, a, b, e]
[c, d, a, e, b]
[c, d, e, a, b]
[c, e, d, a, b]
[e, c, d, a, b]
[e, d, c, a, b]
[d, e, c, a, b]
[d, c, e, a, b]
[d, c, a, e, b]
[d, c, a, b, e]
[d, c, b, a, e]
[d, c, b, e, a]
[d, c, e, b, a]
[d, e, c, b, a]
[e, d, c, b, a]
[e, c, d, b, a]
[c, e, d, b, a]
[c, d, e, b, a]
[c, d, b, e, a]
[c, d, b, a, e]
[c, b, d, a, e]
[c, b, d, e, a]
[c, b, e, d, a]
[c, e, b, d, a]
[e, c, b, d, a]
[e, c, b, a, d]
[c, e, b, a, d]
[c, b, e, a, d]
[c, b, a, e, d]
[c, b, a, d, e]
[b, c, a, d, e]
[b, c, a, e, d]
[b, c, e, a, d]
[b, e, c, a, d]
[e, b, c, a, d]
[e, b, c, d, a]
[b, e, c, d, a]
[b, c, e, d, a]
[b, c, d, e, a]
[b, c, d, a, e]
[b, d, c, a, e]
[b, d, c, e, a]
[b, d, e, c, a]
[b, e, d, c, a]
[e, b, d, c, a]
[e, d, b, c, a]
[d, e, b, c, a]
[d, b, e, c, a]
[d, b, c, e, a]
[d, b, c, a, e]
[d, b, a, c, e]
[d, b, a, e, c]
[d, b, e, a, c]
[d, e, b, a, c]
[e, d, b, a, c]
[e, b, d, a, c]
[b, e, d, a, c]
[b, d, e, a, c]
[b, d, a, e, c]
[b, d, a, c, e]
[b, a, d, c, e]
[b, a, d, e, c]
[b, a, e, d, c]
[b, e, a, d, c]
[e, b, a, d, c]
[e, b, a, c, d]
[b, e, a, c, d]
[b, a, e, c, d]
[b, a, c, e, d]
[b, a, c, d, e]
Large indices
Arrangement numbers often grow very quickly. For example, consider the number of 10permutations of the letters of the alphabet:
Example:
final largeBagOfItems = characters('abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz'),
perms = Permutations(10, largeBagOfItems);
print(perms);
Output:
Pseudolist containing all 19275223968000 10permutations of items from [a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z].
Wow! That's a lot of permutations! Don't iterate over them all!
Notice that the word algorithms
is a 10permutation of the
letters of the alphabet. What is the index of this permutation
in our list of permutations?
Example:
final largeBagOfItems = characters('abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz'),
perms = Permutations(10, largeBagOfItems),
permutationOfInterest = characters('algorithms'),
index = perms.indexOf(permutationOfInterest);
print('The index of $permutationOfInterest is $index.');
print('perms[$index]: ${perms[index]}');
Output:
The index of [a, l, g, o, r, i, t, h, m, s] is 6831894769563.
perms[6831894769563]: [a, l, g, o, r, i, t, h, m, s]
Wow! That's almost seven trillion! Luckily we didn't need to perform that search using brute force! (Take that, Mathematica!)
Since we sometimes can be working with indexes so large
they cannot be represented using a 64 bit int
, indexing and length
arem implemented using BigInt
.
Example:
final largeBagOfItems = characters('abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz'),
comps = Compounds(largeBagOfItems);
print('There are ${comps.length} compounds of these letters!');
BigInt lastCompoundIndex = comps.length  BigInt.one;
print('The last compound is ${comps[lastCompoundIndex]}.');
Output:
There are 1096259850353149530222034277 compounds of these letters!
The last compound is [b, a, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z].
Unless you're immortal, don't use comps().last
to
access the last compound in the previous example!
Syntactic sugar
Lists
trotter
provides extensions that allow us to generate combinatoric
arrangements directly from lists...
Example:
final subsets = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].subsets();
for (final subset in subsets()) {
print(subset);
}
Output:
[]
[1]
[2]
[1, 2]
[3]
[1, 3]
[2, 3]
[1, 2, 3]
[4]
[1, 4]
[2, 4]
[1, 2, 4]
[3, 4]
[1, 3, 4]
[2, 3, 4]
[1, 2, 3, 4]
[5]
[1, 5]
[2, 5]
[1, 2, 5]
[3, 5]
[1, 3, 5]
[2, 3, 5]
[1, 2, 3, 5]
[4, 5]
[1, 4, 5]
[2, 4, 5]
[1, 2, 4, 5]
[3, 4, 5]
[1, 3, 4, 5]
[2, 3, 4, 5]
[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Strings
... and strings, in which case it assumes we mean arrangements of the characters in the string.
Example:
final subsets = 'abcde'.subsets();
for (final subset in subsets()) {
print(subset);
}
Output:
[]
[a]
[b]
[a, b]
[c]
[a, c]
[b, c]
[a, b, c]
[d]
[a, d]
[b, d]
[a, b, d]
[c, d]
[a, c, d]
[b, c, d]
[a, b, c, d]
[e]
[a, e]
[b, e]
[a, b, e]
[c, e]
[a, c, e]
[b, c, e]
[a, b, c, e]
[d, e]
[a, d, e]
[b, d, e]
[a, b, d, e]
[c, d, e]
[a, c, d, e]
[b, c, d, e]
[a, b, c, d, e]
trotter
was written by Richard Ambler.
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