in reply to find combinations
Okay, the simplest approach here is to get all the combinations (via a convenient CPAN module.. Math::Combinatorics) and then filter those for the valid lances. There are almost certainly faster and more efficient ways to do this, but this seems to at least work.
A quick play with the module produced the following code, which at first glance seems to work:
use strict;
use warnings;
use Math::Combinatorics;
my %mechs;
while (<DATA>)
{
chomp;
my @d = split /\s+/;
$mechs{$d[0]} = { weight => $d[1], fraction => $d[2] };
}
# find all lances with 5 members and 380t weight
my @possible_lances = find_lances (3, 150);
for my $lance (@possible_lances) {
print "Found valid lance:\n";
my $lance_tonnage = 0;
for my $mech (@$lance) {
my $mech_weight = $mechs{$mech}>{weight};
print " $mech (${mech_weight}t)\n";
$lance_tonnage += $mech_weight;
}
print " Total tonnage: ${lance_tonnage}t\n";
}
sub find_lances
{
my ($count, $max_tonnage) = @_;
my @valid_lances;
my $lance_combinations = Math::Combinatorics>new(count => $count, d
+ata => [keys %mechs]);
while (my @possible_lance = $lance_combinations>next_combination) {
# Calculate the lance's tonnage
my $tonnage = 0;
$tonnage += $mechs{$_}>{weight} for @possible_lance;
if ($tonnage <= $max_tonnage) {
push @valid_lances, [@possible_lance];
}
}
return @valid_lances;
}
__DATA__
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Re^2: find combinations by holli (Monsignor) on Sep 06, 2005 at 11:02 UTC 
I have discovered that module while you were writing the node and came up with the following code (which is similar to yours).
But thanks for your effort.
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