Thanks for the tip on the speed boost. Once I get the benchmarking stuff installed I'll play with it. While I do like your suggestion, I prefer the order that my method generates--all one-word combinations first, then the two-word combinations, etc.)

Re: shoddy code. Yeah, I guess so, consider me properly admonished. ++ for calling me on it and keeping me honest. When I thunk up the technique to use, I just erased the original function body and started whacking away at it. I didn't think to clarify things by using better variable names. (Of course, I just came off of a little golfing trip so my head was in "trim keystrokes" mode.</lame_excuse_mode>) Now, I guess the proper thing to do is to clean it up a little and insert your suggestion, so here goes:


sub function { my @parts = split /:/, shift; # Null is the complete list of combinations for # an empty word list my @combinations=(); # Sequentially (recursively with tail recursion # removed) rebuild the combination list adding one # new word each iteration for my $new_word (@parts) { # Given a complete set of combinations for a # given list of words, we can add a new word to # the list and generate all new valid combinations # by concatenating to the original list: push @combinations, # the new word (a single word is a valid # combination) $new_word, # and the original list with the new word # glommed onto the end of each member map {$_.':'.$new_word} @combinations ; } return @combinations; }


In reply to Re^3: possible combinations in sequence by roboticus
in thread possible combinations in sequence by ruzam

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