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10.7 Examples

The example program below prints all subsets of the set {0,1,2,3} ordered by size. Subsets of the same size are ordered lexicographically.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <gsl/gsl_combination.h>

int 
main (void) 
{
  gsl_combination * c;
  size_t i;

  printf ("All subsets of {0,1,2,3} by size:\n") ;
  for (i = 0; i <= 4; i++)
    {
      c = gsl_combination_calloc (4, i);
      do
        {
          printf ("{");
          gsl_combination_fprintf (stdout, c, " %u");
          printf (" }\n");
        }
      while (gsl_combination_next (c) == GSL_SUCCESS);
      gsl_combination_free (c);
    }

  return 0;
}

Here is the output from the program,

$ ./a.out 
All subsets of {0,1,2,3} by size:
{ }
{ 0 }
{ 1 }
{ 2 }
{ 3 }
{ 0 1 }
{ 0 2 }
{ 0 3 }
{ 1 2 }
{ 1 3 }
{ 2 3 }
{ 0 1 2 }
{ 0 1 3 }
{ 0 2 3 }
{ 1 2 3 }
{ 0 1 2 3 }

All 16 subsets are generated, and the subsets of each size are sorted lexicographically.