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Would it be right to conclude that (assuming an efficient generator that doesn't generate duplicates), that you will only achieve this optimisation when generating multiple (related) powersets?

That is, in your second example,

  • there is no optimisation possible when generating set1.
  • It is only possible to optimise the generation of set2 if that set is ordered such that some part of it forms an ordered subset of set1

    Ie. If set2 were E, C, B, A, no optimisation would be possible?

Or, can the code assume that the sets are pre-ordered? Or should it sort them?

Or does the definition of powersets imply some ordering?


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In reply to Re: Powerset short-circuit optimization by BrowserUk
in thread Powerset short-circuit optimization by Limbic~Region

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