This tag is for basic questions about the study of finite or countable discrete structures — specifically how to count or enumerate elements in a set (perhaps of all possibilities) or any subset. It includes questions on permutations, combinations, bijective proofs, and generating functions. ...

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Find the chance that subset $B$ is distributed evenly between $(A_1,A_2,A_3)$

We are given set $A$ which is divided to the 3 parts ($A_1$,$A_2$, $A_3$). $|A| = n = 9k$. For $i,j = 1,2,3;\space \forall i \ne j : A_i \cap A_j = \emptyset; \space\space |A_i| = \frac n 3$. ...
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Combinatorics, dividing objects into groups.

Assuming we have got 5 horses, that are competing in a race, and assuming 2 different horses can arrive at the exact same time. How many possibilities there are for outcomes? for 3 horses for example ...
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Are there non-equivalent cardinal arithmetics?

‎Generalizing a concept in mathematics is always a problematic situation. In most cases there are several ways to generalize a notion and it is not easy to decide if a particular generalization is ...
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Multi-ruled combinatorics problem (need this for my lab)

I need to know this for practical purposes and not homework, learning etc.. Say I have 3 electrodes A,B and C. Say I also have 3 electrolytes A,B and C. If electrode A has to be in electrolyte A, ...
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Combinatorics homework problem [on hold]

In how many ways can $23$ different books be given to $5$ students so that $2$ of the students will have $4$ books each and the other $3$ will have $5$ books each?
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How many words can be written with $aabbbccdd$ such that no two equal letters are adjacent?

I'm trying to count this using the principle if inclusion-exclusion. I've done the following: Counting the number of permutations of $aabbbccdd$. $9!$ Counting the number of ...
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how to place k rooks on the shaded squares of a m×n grid-like board

I’m given a m×n grid-like board and there are some shaded squares in every row of the board. I have to place one or more rooks on the shaded squares in such a way that no two rooks attack each other. ...
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How many ways can one “fit” $m$ non-overlapping sub-segments of length $k$ into a segment of length $n$?

Given discrete one-dimensional space (a "segment") of length $n$, how many ways can one fit a $m$ non-overlapping sub-segments of length $k$ in this space? This seems like a very simple question, but ...
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Derangement of multiset using recursive relation

Recently,I have read articles on derangement but now I want know about how to derange a multiset. By using inclusion-exclusion one can find out the number of ways to derange a multiset. I'm looking ...
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let $D_n$ be the number of permutations of $\{1,2,3,…n\}$ which leave no element fixed.

Let $n\geq2$ and let $D_n$ be the number of permutations of $\{1,2,3,\dots,n\}$ which leave no element fixed. How to write an expression for $D_n$ in terms of $D_k$? I don't know how to start. Please ...
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Question about some properties of combinatorial structures

Consider $\mathcal A$ as the set of perfect matchings in the complete bipartite graph $K_{n,n}$ and let $i$ be an edge of $K_{n,n}$. Let $$ B_i=\{a\in \mathcal A: \hbox{matching }a\hbox{ has edge ...
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Idempotent generators of the four binary QR codes of length 7

I have a coding theory assignment and I thought it would be a good idea to double check before I hand it in. I'm asked to find the idempotent generators of the four binary QR codes C1, C2, C3, C4, of ...
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A sequence of $n^2$ real numbers which contains no monotonic subsequence of more than $n$ terms

I'm following a Combinatorics course at the moment, and have recent proved the Erdős–Szekeres Theorem (or, at least, some variation of): A sequence of length $n^2 + 1$ either contains an ...
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Do these statements prove this formula?

$$ \frac{d^n}{dx^n}[g(x)^{f(x)}] = g(x)^{f(x)} B_n(d_1,\cdots,d_n) $$ Calling $$ d_n = \frac{d^n}{dx^n}[ln(g(x))f(x)] $$ Since faa di bruno's formula states $$ \frac{d^n}{dx^n}[f(g(x))] = ...
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Unique permutations from set with repetitions

I am new to combinatorics and might ask a trivial question: There are $69$ different items, each present $4$ times. From this total of $276$ items, $20$ should be picked at random. I need the formula ...
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Is my idea of incoming/outgoing arcs correct?

I'm reading Jungnickel's Graphs, Networks and Algorithms. I've met the following lemma: I know that $e^{-}$ are the incoming vertices and $e^{+}$ are the outgoing vertices. Then I've tried to ...
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There are eight males and 12 females in a certain club. In how many ways can a committee of five be chosen if it is to consist-

There are eight males and 12 females in a certain club. In how many ways can a committee of five be chosen if it is to consist Entirely of Males? Entirely of Females? 2 males and 3 females?
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In how many distinct ways can a group of letters be ordered? [on hold]

In how many distinct ways can the letters aaabbbbb and aaabbbbbcccc be ordered?
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Combinatorics-graph colouring [duplicate]

Show that if $K_9 $is coloured red and blue and contains no red triangle and no blue $K_4$, then every vertex must have red degree $3$ and blue degree $5$. I have absolutely no idea how to proceed :( ...
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Combining 2 numbers into a uniqe number

I am stumped on a problem, I have a set of numbers (lets say 2 numbers) A and B and i want to combine them into a unique number C where C is not reproducible by any other set thats not identical ...
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How prove this number of the methods is this $\prod\prod 4\cos^2{\frac{j\pi}{m+1}}+4\cos^2{\frac{k\pi}{n+1}}$

Question: show that an $m$-by-$n$ chessboard can be partitioned some $1$-by-$2$ the numbers of methods is $$\prod_{j=1}^{\lfloor\dfrac{m}{2}\rfloor}\prod_{k=1}^{\lfloor\dfrac{n}{2}\rfloor} ...
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Combinatorial identity with sum of binomial coefficients

How to attack this kinds of problem? I am hoping that there will some kind of shortcuts to calculate this. $$\sum_{k=0}^{38\,204\,629\,939\,869} ...
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Number of sets of vertices whose union of neighbours contains exactly $k$ vertices

Suppose a bipartite graph $g$ consisting of $2n(n-1),n\in\Bbb N,n>1$ vertices, is divided equally into two colors: red and blue, and is constructed as follows: For example, $g$ for $n=3$: If ...
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Possible 4 character passwords involving a letter and a digit.

A password consists of 4 characters, each of which is either a digit or a letter of the alphabet. Each password must contain at least ONE digit and AT LEAST ONE letter. How many different such ...
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Probability of an event happening while another doesn't

Say you have a bag with $5$ numbers $(1,2,3,4,5)$. What is the probability that I will draw a $1$ if I draw $3$ times (no replacement)? What is the probability that I will draw a $1$ if I draw 3 ...
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dimension of vector space $\frac{\langle e_{ab_1\ldots b_p}\rangle}{\langle \sum_{1\leq i\leq p}e_{ab_1\ldots \widehat{b_i}\ldots b_pc}\rangle}$

Let $p$ be a prime and $n\!\in\!\mathbb{N}$. What is the dimension of the $\mathbb{Z}_p$-module $$V_{p,n}=\frac{\langle e_{ab_1\ldots b_p};\: 1\leq a<b_1<\ldots<b_p\leq n\rangle}{\langle ...
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Presentation of 2 images in a random but counterbalanced way

Problem: For 18 trials randomly a ‘left’ labeled image or ‘right’ labeled image is shown. The first 9 trials should contain the opposite number of left images as the last 9 (a.k.a. counterbalance). ...
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How many different teams can be created between two groups?

If a company has 8 painters and 12 electricians. How many different teams can be created with 1 painter and 1 electrician? I know that the number of ways a team can be made is: $ {8 \choose 1} * ...
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Probability of no ace in a 6 card hand, given 4 are not aces.

A player is dealt six cards out of a normal deck of cards. He looks at the first four and notices there is no ace among them. What is the probability that he does not have an ace at all. This sounds ...
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Find the chance that $a^3 + b^3 \equiv 0 (\mod 3)$

We are given set of integer numbers $\{1,2, \dots N\}$. $N \ge 3$ Then perform a drawing with replacement of two elements $a$ and $b$. Problem is to find the probability of following statement holding ...
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number of possible outcomes in a license plate with conditions [on hold]

howmany license plates can me made when a) first two letters are different and the rest different digits e.g. DA3457 b) two letters in alphabetical order and the digits increasing e.g. CD1234
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Story proof for choosing a committee

Give a story proof that $\sum_{k=0}^n k{n\choose k}^2 = {n{2n-1\choose n-1}}$ Consider choosing a committee of size n from two groups of size n each , where only one of the two groups has people ...
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possible pizza orders

You are ordering two pizzas. A pizza can be small, medium, large, or extra large, with any combination of 8 possible toppings (getting no toppings is allowed, as is gettting all 8). How many ...
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Choosing schedule for courses

To fulfill the requirements for a certain degree, a student can choose to take any 8 out of a list of 20 courses, with the constraint that at least 1 of the 8 courses must be a statistics ...
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A problem on distributing indistinguishable balls into 10 different groups such that…

I got this problem which I am stuck at for an hour and half: Suppose that we have an infinite number of indistinguishable balls and we need to distribute them into 10 different groups such that $ ...
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How many different pairs can I have from two groups?

A company has 8 painters and 12 electricians, and teams can be created of one painter and one electrician. How many different teams can be created? My best guess is: $ {8 \choose 1} * {12 ...
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Olympic elementary combinatorics problem

This is a problem taken from the regional selections of the Italian mathematical olympiads: A knight is placed on the bottom left corner of a $ 3\times3 $ chess board. In how many ways can you move ...
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Select one or zero elements from a set

I am far from a mathematician. Still. I want to formally express that only 0 or 1 element of a series of sets (1...n) is selectet to form a new set. Example: I have three sets $S_1 = \{1,2,3\}$, $S_2 ...
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Why does $n$ always divide this sum?

If we assume $m=p_1^{a_1}\cdots p_s^{a_s}, n=p_1^{b_1}\cdots p_s^{b_s}p_{s+1}^{b_{s+1}}\cdots p_t^{b_t}$, where $0<a_i<b_j$, $p_j$ are different primes($i=1,\cdots,s; j=1,\cdots, t$). Then ...
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In how many ways 3 persons can solve N problems.

There are $3$ friends $(A,B,C)$ preparing for math exam. There are $N$ problems to solve in $N$ minutes. It is given that: Each problem will take $1$ minute to solve. So all $N$ problems will be ...
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question on morse code

The morse code is made up of marks called dots and dashes."Q", for example is (--,--).Is it possible to make up such a code so that every letter of the alphabet is represented by at most three marks? ...
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Proving that elementary row operations are preserved after multiplication

If $E$ is an elementary $n \times n$-matrix, show that if $A$ is any $n\times n$-matrix, then $EA$ is a matrix obtained by carrying out a single elementary row operation on $A$, and that $AE$ is a ...
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In a best-of-7 match possibilities for 7th game win

In a best-of-7 match A vs B, where the match will end as soon as either player has 4 points. How many possible outcomes for the individual games are there, such that the match lasts for 7 games and A ...
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pairing possibilities in chess game

There are 20 people at a chess club on a certain day. They each find opponents and start playing. How many possibilities are there for how they are matched up, assuming that in each game it does ...
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Number of arrangements of the word “MAMMAL” where M is not together

This is in reference to this question. Letter Arrangement with Permutations _A_A_L_ IF M is not together, then M can go into 4 distinct places (denoted by the underscores above). So the number of ...
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Probability that a monkey at a type writer types “hamlet” [duplicate]

A monkey types each of the 26 letters of the alphabet exactly one time. What is the probability that the world "hamlet" appears somewhere in the string of letters?
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Does the maximum cut implies the minimum flow?

Is it possible to reverse the result of the min-cut max-flow theorem and obtain the result that if you have the maximum cut, then you have the minimum flow? I've been thinking about it, but I have no ...
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What is the probability of not rolling any given number on 10 rolls of a die?

In other words, ALL combinations which don't contain at least one of the number from 1-6 would count. So for example... 5, 2, 3, 3, 4, 1, 5, 5, 3, 1 would be counted because there is no 6 Also 5, ...
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Better Explanation for an already posted question [duplicate]

Can anyone explain why in this question the answer is 5! * 2! * 10P3? I understand the 5! and 2! but for 10P3 the first thing I thought of was 3! Thanks.
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Upper bound for graphs with no k-cliques

We know that for random graphs $G(n,p)$ we have: $P[X=0]\leq e^{-\Theta(E[X])}$ where $X$ denotes the number of k-cliques in the random graph. Can this fact be used to say anything about the number of ...