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Re: List help needed

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  • Subject: [mg5091] Re: List help needed
  • From: "Seth J. Chandler" <SChandler at>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 22:03:39 -0500
  • Organization: University of Houston
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Here's one way of doing it:





John Rowney wrote:
> Hi,
> I need a little help with lists.  What I would like to do is the
> following:
> From a list of length N, construct all possible lists of length n<N from
> N by combining adjacent elements of the original list into sub lists.
> This might become clearer with an example.
> Given {a,b,c,d,e} of length 5, ALL possible length 4 lists subject to
> the conditions above are:
> {{a,b},c,d,e}, {a,{b,c},d,e}, {a,b,{c,d},e} and {a,b,c,{d,e}}
> two of the possible length 3 lists are
> {a,{b,c,d},e} and {{a,b},c,{d,e}}
> I hope you get the picture.
> In the "real" problem, N would be around 20 and n would be around 10.
> Thanks in advance
> John
> jrowney at

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