# Talk:Permutations with some identical elements

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## Duplicate of Permutations with repetitions[edit]

Seems to me this exact operation is covered by the existing (for 6 years!) Permutations_with_repetitions task. --Thundergnat (talk) 19:32, 25 July 2019 (UTC)

- I don't think so.He wants to create the permutation of different elements in which each element has its own constant multiplicity in this permutation. His example: [2,1] ( element 1 two times und element 2 1 time ) should give results (1,1,2), (1,2,1) and (2,1,1)

I don't think the permutations_with_repetitions task is about permutations at all, but rather generating all possible sequences (words) of a certain length from an alphabet, where each symbol may be repeated an infinite amount of times as needed.

This task is instead about creating all sequences of a finite set of elements where some elements are indistinguishable from each other.

- Yes, you're right; it is different. I've added a Go solution --PureFox (talk) 21:27, 25 July 2019 (UTC)

## task wording[edit]

Where it says:

Given an input of the form [a1, a2, ..., ak] where ai denotes how many duplicates of element i you should have, each ai > 0 and the sum of all ai is n.

would it be better with:

Given an input of the form [a1, a2, ..., ak] where a_{k}denotes how many duplicates of element k you should have, each a_{k}> 0 and the sum of all a_{k}isn.

(I've added whitespace and used a bigger font to make the subscripts easier to read.) -- Gerard Schildberger (talk) 03:51, 27 July 2019 (UTC)

- That is excellent! --Tobega