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Date: 2006-04-16 (22:00)
From: David Powers <david@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] recursion/iterator question
The best way would probably be to write a permutation function that 
returns a list of triplets given a list, and then to use List.iter and a 
local function to split out each triplet to work on the component 
parts... something like:

let for_each_trip lst =
    let real_work (a, b, c) =
        (* do some stuff with a b and c in here *)
        List.iter real_work (permute_triples lst)

(loose code - forgive my laziness)

This could be made more general by improving the permute code to take a 
number option and to return triplets of that number  (permute 3 lst).  
In addition you could make the internal function (real_work) be a 
parameter of the for_each... which would reduce all of this to the more 

List.iter any_function_I_want (permute 3 lst)

Finally, you might want to consider using lazy evaluation in your 
permute function to avoid calculating every permutation up front.  See for more on 


Tato Thetza wrote:
> Hi caml-list
> Given a list, I would like to iterate over all triplets in the list. For
> example, in mathematcs, its not uncommon to have expressions such as
> "for all i,j,k in set X, do f(i,j,k)"
> The only way I can think of is to create a list with all triplets of the
> list, so:
>   triplets([1,2,3,4]) = [(1,2,3),(1,2,4),(1,3,4),(2,3,4)]
> and take this list and map a function f to it.
> questions: 
> 1) what would be the best way to write triplets?
> 2) is there a cleaner way to iterate over all triplets in a list?
> please excuse my english
> Tato T.
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