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# Generating All Permutations of a List

To generate all possible permutations of a list, you can use a common algorithm called "backtracking." This technique systematically explores all possible arrangements of the elements in the list, ensuring that each permutation is unique.

## Understanding Backtracking

### What is Backtracking?

Backtracking is a technique used to explore all possible solutions to a problem by incrementally building a solution and "backtracking" when a dead-end is reached. It's commonly used in combinatorial problems like generating permutations, combinations, and solving puzzles.

## Implementing Permutations Generation

### Backtracking Algorithm for Permutations

To generate all permutations of a list, you can use a recursive backtracking algorithm. The basic idea is to select elements one by one from the list and recursively generate the remaining permutations.

## Example in Python

``````def generate_permutations(nums, current=[], result=[]):
if not nums:
result.append(current.copy())
return

for i in range(len(nums)):
num = nums[i]
current.append(num)
remaining_nums = nums[:i] + nums[i+1:]
generate_permutations(remaining_nums, current, result)
current.pop()

# Example usage:
nums = [1, 2, 3]
permutations = []
generate_permutations(nums, result=permutations)
print(permutations)
``````

## Output

``````[[1, 2, 3], [1, 3, 2], [2, 1, 3], [2, 3, 1], [3, 1, 2], [3, 2, 1]]
``````

In this Python example, the `generate_permutations` function generates all permutations of a list `nums`. The function uses recursion and backtracking to explore all possible combinations and store the permutations in the `permutations` list.