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Three possibilities:
  1. More columns than categories
  2. Equal
  3. More categories than columns
The first is insoluble. The second is trivial. The third is interesting.

In the third, just combine neighboring categories into a "super-category" and re-evaluate.

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In reply to Re: Puzzle: need a more general algorithm by dragonchild
in thread Puzzle: need a more general algorithm by Ovid

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