Permutation: Next

Get the next permutation in lexicographic permutation order.

The next permutation is obtained from the selected permutation by swapping values at only two positions. Starting with the identity permutation and repeatedly applying this function will iterate through all possible permutations. If no further permutation is available, i.e. the selected permutation is at the lexicographic end position (n, n-1, ..., 3, 2, 1), the current permutation will not change anymore.


If we start with (1,2,3,4) successively applying Next will generate the following sequence (1,2,4,3), (1,3,2,4), (1,3,4,2), (1,4,2,3), (1,4,3,2), etc.

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