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How Few Transpositions Suffice?... You Already Know!

by John Kiltinen (Nothern Michigan University)

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
February, 1994

Subject classification(s): Algebra and Number Theory | Abstract Algebra
Applicable Course(s): 4.2 Mod Algebra I & II

The problem is to find the minimal number of transpositions, whose product equals a given permutation.

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