Combinations of a String

Problem:
Write an algorithm to print all possible combinations of characters in a string.

Solution:
Since we need to generate combinations, we can start with a single character and then continue to add a character to combinations we have seen so far.

Let’s use “XYZ” as an example.

public void buildTree(String input, StringBuffer output, int k)
{
    for (int i = k; i < input.length(); i++)
    {
        output.append(input.charAt(i));
        buildTree(input, output, i + 1);
        output.deleteCharAt(output.length() - 1);
    }
} 

public static void main(String[] args){
     buildTree("XYZ", new StringBuffer(), 0);
}

Dry Run just to give an idea:

X–>Y–>Z
–>Z–>Y

Y–>X–>Z
–>Z–>X

Z–>Y–>X
–>X–>Y

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1 Response to Combinations of a String

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