# Algorithm for dynamic combinations

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My code has a list called INPUTS, that contains a dynamic number of lists, let's call them A, B, C, .. N. These lists contain a dynamic number of Events

I would like to call a function with each combination of Events. To illustrate with an example:

```
INPUTS: A(0,1,2), B(0,1), C(0,1,2,3)
```

I need to call my function this many times for each combination (the input count is dynamic, in this example it is three parameter, but it can be more or less)

```
function(A[0],B[0],C[0])
function(A[0],B[1],C[0])
function(A[0],B[0],C[1])
function(A[0],B[1],C[1])
function(A[0],B[0],C[2])
function(A[0],B[1],C[2])
function(A[0],B[0],C[3])
function(A[0],B[1],C[3])
function(A[1],B[0],C[0])
function(A[1],B[1],C[0])
function(A[1],B[0],C[1])
function(A[1],B[1],C[1])
function(A[1],B[0],C[2])
function(A[1],B[1],C[2])
function(A[1],B[0],C[3])
function(A[1],B[1],C[3])
function(A[2],B[0],C[0])
function(A[2],B[1],C[0])
function(A[2],B[0],C[1])
function(A[2],B[1],C[1])
function(A[2],B[0],C[2])
function(A[2],B[1],C[2])
function(A[2],B[0],C[3])
function(A[2],B[1],C[3])
```

This is what I have thought of so far: My approach so far is to build a list of combinations. The element combination is itself a list of "index" to the input arrays A, B and C. For our example:

my list iCOMBINATIONS contains the following iCOMBO lists

```
(0,0,0)
(0,1,0)
(0,0,1)
(0,1,1)
(0,0,2)
(0,1,2)
(0,0,3)
(0,1,3)
(1,0,0)
(1,1,0)
(1,0,1)
(1,1,1)
(1,0,2)
(1,1,2)
(1,0,3)
(1,1,3)
(2,0,0)
(2,1,0)
(2,0,1)
(2,1,1)
(2,0,2)
(2,1,2)
(2,0,3)
(2,1,3)
```

Then I would do this:

```
foreach( iCOMBO in iCOMBINATIONS)
{
foreach ( P in INPUTS )
{
COMBO.Clear()
foreach ( i in iCOMBO )
{
COMBO.Add( P[ iCOMBO[i] ] )
}
function( COMBO ) --- (instead of passing the events separately)
}
}
```

But I need to find a way to build the list iCOMBINATIONS for any given number of INPUTS and their events. Any ideas?

Is there actually a better algorithm than this? any pseudo code to help me with will be great.

C# (or VB)

Thank You

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