Message #582

From: "thibaut.kirchner" <>
Subject: Re: Permutation formula updates
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:53:16 -0000

— In, David Smith <djs314djs314@…> wrote:
> I’ve updated my formula for the upper bound for the number of
> reachable positions of an n^4 Rubik’s cube (it contained
> some errors), and also finished a similar formula for the
> supercube. Until now, I’ve only been using combinatorial arguments
> and concepts of higher dimensions in my work.

I’m amazed by the complexity of the formula. I suggest you to split it
into two formulas, one for the odd-sized hypercubes, and on for the
even-sized hypercubes. I’m sure the two formulas would be easier to
read than this one, and I’m not sure it’s interesting to group the two
formulas into a single one.
Also, if you put the factors associated with a single type of piece by
row, it could help the reader (and group somewhere the constraints
which link several type of piece).