Brian Dunning's FileMaker Custom Functions

GetPatternList ( RC ; nObj ; n )

List of decimal numbers whose binary form contains the same number of bits set to 1

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  Sample input:
  Sample output:
24¶20¶18¶17¶12¶10¶9¶6¶5¶3 [all binary patterns with two bits set to 1]
56¶52¶50¶49¶44¶42¶41¶38¶37¶35¶28¶26¶25¶22¶21¶19¶14¶13¶11¶7 [... with three bits set to 1]

  Function definition: (Copy & paste into FileMaker's Edit Custom Function window)

The function returns a list of decimal values in descending order, whose binäry form has exactly n bits set to 1.

The list can be used to get all subsets with n elements from a character set with nObj elements.

Assumed it is TEXT="AXTVBC", the call

Let ( [ $MyList = GetPatternList("";Length(TEXT); 3) ] ; CustomList ( 1 ; ValueCount ( $MyList ) ; "Combine ( GetValue ( $MyList ; [n] ) ; TEXT )" ) )

returns a list containing all subsets from "AXTVBC" with 3 elements, so


Requires other CF: NextBinPattern()

Getting the right result requires a function call on the first recursion level with an empty RC-parm (RC="")



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