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Ilya Nevolin
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Road to Genius: superior #51

Each day I solve several coding challenges and puzzles from Codr's ranked mode. The goal is to reach genius rank, along the way I explain how I solve them. You do not need any programming background to get started, and you will learn a ton of new and interesting things as you go.

function backtrack(list, tempList, nums, start) {
    for(let i = start; i < nums.length; i++) {
        backtrack(list, tempList, nums, i + 1);

function subsets(nums) {
    const list = [];
    backtrack(list, [], nums, 0);
    return list;

let A = subsets([1, 2, 1]);
A = A.length

// A = ? (number)
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In today's challenge we have to deal with recursive backtracking. The caller function subsets reveals the nature of the code, it's going to create a list of different subsets from a given input. In this case subsets are similar to unique combinations, except they are not required to be unique.

coding challenge extra

For input: [1, 2, 1]
We expect the following subsets:
1 2
1 2 1
1 1
2 1
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There are 8 subsets possible so the answer should be as such:
coding challenge answer

If you work out this problem on paper you will find these exact subsets.

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