Definition of

Permutation

Permutation
A collection of things, where the order is important.

Example: You want to visit the homes of three friends Alex ("a"), Betty ("b") and Chandra ("c"), but haven't decided in what order. What choices do you have?

Answer: {a,b,c} {a,c,b} {b,a,c} {b,c,a} {c,a,b} {c,b,a}


When the order does not matter, such as in a fruit salad, it is a Combination.

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