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Re: Permutations


Peter,

Here is a fun way of doing it using regular expressions (new in 5.1).
Suppose we have a list of all the characters in the alphabet written as
a string , and we want to swap all pairs except h and r. Then we can
use a Regex expression with StringReplace:

StringReplace[str, RegularExpression["([^h,^r])(\w)"] :> "$2" ~~ "$1"]

Here is a specific example

char = CharacterRange["a", "z"]

myfunc[int1_, int2_] := Characters[StringReplace[StringJoin[char], \
RegularExpression["([^" <> ToString[char[[int1]]] <>
        ",^" <> ToString[char[[int2]]] <> "])(\w)"] :> "$2" ~~ "$1"]]


myfunc[7,20]

{b,a,d,c,f,e,g,i,h,k,j,m,l,o,n,q,p,s,r,t,v,u,x,w,z,y}

To swap all pairs we can use

Characters[StringReplace[StringJoin[char],
RegularExpression["(\w)(\w)"] :> \
"$2" ~~ "$1"]]

Cheers,

Brian


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