We have employed a computational method for identifying order of receipt of signals from senders based on a telecommunications and/or EE technique. However, we would like to find out which permutation-based technique in EE this stems from.
The technical report states the following:
“The approach is similar to computing resistance in a circuit, which is a parallel-by-serial procedure. The parallel conductivities from all preceding components to a target component are all summed, within a permuted ordering of components, to determine the phase conductivity of the permutation, and then the order conductivity is formulated by cascading all the phase conductivities.”
Note, all the components have to be the same type, maybe resistors or capacitors, but differ by varying rating of their units (10 Ohms, 20 Ohms, 30 Ohms, ..., 500 Ohms). However, you don't know their ratings, but rather, only a label like 1,2,3,4,5. During the calculation, the order of all of the components in the circuit are permuted(shuffled), and all the resistance up to a target is calculated – but each component is once the target.
The application of this calculation would be employed for numerous e.g. circuit boards, where the goal for each board would be to determine if order 7-->3-->1-->2-->5-->6-->4 resulted in the greatest resistance. Another board might have components with labels 12, 3, 55, 13, 92, and 105 (which in truth have different ratings, but you don't know what the ratings are). Overall, you are trying to determine for each board what order of labels results in the greatest resistance. Then over several hundred boards you can develop a picture of what the order is for labels which results in the greatest resistance (on average).
Is there a standard permutation-based technique in EE to find resistance in a circuit that is both serial and parallel?