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pairs and subsets challenge

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  • Subject: [mg59155] pairs and subsets challenge
  • From: Daniel Reeves <dreeves at>
  • Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 01:30:33 -0400 (EDT)
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Here's an interesting problem:

 Given a set N = {1,...,n}.
 And given a set P of pairs from N, ie, a subset of KSubsets[N,2].
 List each _maximal_ subset X of N such that KSubsets[X,2] is a
  subset of P.
 Maximal means if X is listed, don't list any subsets of X.

Brute force solutions are not hard to write.  This should work for n up to
40 and |P| around 500.

Simple example:

N = {1,2,3,4,5};
P = {{1,2},{1,3},{1,4},{2,3},{2,4},{3,4},{3,5},{4,5}};


 {3,4,5}, {1,2,3,4}}

(no prize this time but I think it'll be fun!)

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