# Message #2092

From: Brandon Enright <bmenrigh@ucsd.edu>

Subject: Re: [MC4D] About the number of permutations of MC4D calculating

Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:38:05 +0000

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"charliemckiz@rocketmail.com" <charliemckiz@rocketmail.com> wrote:

> Today I tried to calculate the number of MC4D permutations. My answer

> is a half of what posted in the website

> http://www.superliminal.com/cube/cube.htm . Does any one want to

> check the answer? I’m pretty sure about mine. And I see no mistake in

> the website solution.??

>

Well, I’ve aways taken the permutation calculation as gospel but I

decided to give it a go myself and I’ve arrived at the same result.

I find the sticker-based counting of permutations to be confusing so

I’ve done it piece-based. Here are my notes.

That is, there are:

Permutations:

* 8 centers with 192 "permutations" available. Fixing to one cancels

all re-orientation of the tesseract

* 24 face centers that can be in any permutation

* 32 3-color edges who’s parity is tied to the parity of the face

centers

* 16 4-color corners that can only be in an even permutation

Orientations:

* 8 centers with 24 orientations available (only 1 visually distinct)

* 24 face pieces with 8 orientations available (only 2 visually

distinct ones)

* 32 3-color edges with 6 orientations available

* 16 4-color edges with 12 orientations available

The calculation is further complicated in that:

* The total "flip" of the 24 face pieces is even (the 24th orientation

is determined by the previous 23)

* The orientation of the 32nd 2-color edge can only be in half (3) of

the orientations.

* The first 15 corners can be in any orientation but the last corner

can only be in 1/3 (4) orientations.

Taking all of that into account there should be:

(24! * 2^23) * ((32! / 2) * (6^31 * 3)) * ((16! / 2) * (12^15 * 4))

Which matches nicely with the website.

The only "tricky" portion of the calculation is counting the

orientations for the last 3-color and the last 4-color piece. I can

create a macro to demonstrate how to put a single 3-color piece or a

single 4-color piece in these reduced orientations if you’d like.

Regards,

Brandon

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