returns the inverse of permutation perm.


  • The product of a permutation with its inverse gives the identity permutation.
  • Every permutation has a uniquely defined inverse.
  • The support of a permutation is the same as the support of its inverse.


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Basic Examples  (2)

Inverse of a permutation:

Their product gives the identity permutation:

Some permutations, called involutions, are their own inverse:

Scope  (1)

Invert a permutation:

Generalizations & Extensions  (1)

On symbolic expressions other than permutations the result is given in terms of PermutationPower:

Properties & Relations  (4)

InversePermutation is equivalent to PermutationPower with exponent -1:

Inverting a permutation is equivalent to reversing its cycles:

For a permutation of finite degree, its inverse can always be obtained as the power with a positive integer:

Ordering gives the inverse of a permutation list:

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