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1Each of several possible ways in which a set or number of things can be ordered or arranged:‘his thoughts raced ahead to fifty different permutations of what he must do’
temperament, nature, character, constitution, make-up, grain, humour, temper, mentality, turn of mindView synonyms
- ‘Clearly, the possible number of permutations is gigantic.’
- ‘The possible permutations of ordering the seven stamps determined the need for 42 collages.’
- ‘This procedure is repeated until all possible permutations of experimental conditions to the data have been calculated.’
- ‘Some of these parameters change rapidly, others very slowly, and the possible permutations are nearly infinite.’
- ‘I have seen the slogan in a hundred different permutations.’
- ‘There are 16 different permutations for a possible World Series matchup this season.’
- ‘How does the counter generate the correct permutation of the binary numerals?’
- ‘Old insights are merely recycled in different permutations against a backdrop of current circumstances.’
- ‘This procedure was repeated for 10 random permutations of trajectory orders.’
- ‘In effect, each row is a permutation of four distinct numbers.’
- ‘With this scenario, the fragmented delegate count produces several possible permutations.’
- ‘Now, since we're considering order, each of these combinations has a number of permutations.’
- ‘For example, there are six permutations of order of appearance for the three evolutionary splits mentioned above.’
- ‘With so many different home loan permutations and cost factors to be taken into consideration, it's not surprising that many buyers are bewildered.’
- ‘The possible permutations of the final four are intriguing.’
- ‘Ideally, we would list all possible permutations of the ESP matrix.’
- ‘We will give a proof here, independent of Wilson's theorem, that all permutations are possible.’
- ‘One example he gives is the number of permutations possible with 59 objects - only slightly more than a deck of cards.’
- ‘Other permutations of the five cards can give different values for the longest increasing subsequence.’
- ‘Many other permutations of the alternatives presented are certainly possible.’
- 1.1Mathematics [mass noun] The action of changing the arrangement, especially the linear order, of a set of items.
- ‘A simple position permutation was also used to generate random sequences.’
- ‘Chromosome-wide significance thresholds were determined by permutation as previously described.’
- ‘The statistical significance of the values was estimated by permutation analysis using 1,000 replications.’
- ‘All significance thresholds were determined empirically by permutation’
- ‘The statistical significance of this test is calculated by permutation.’
- 1.2British A selection of a specified number of matches in a football pool.
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘exchange, barter’): via Old French from Latin permutatio(n-), from the verb permutare change completely (see permute).
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