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How many ways to arrange these gifts? (Inclusion-exclusion\derangement)

Each one of 30 people has bought 2 identical presents for the poor (every person's gifts are different from everyone else's). All the gifts were put in a large bag. In turns, 30 poor people ...
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Using the Binomial Identity, prove that ${n\choose k}+2{n\choose k+1}+{n\choose k+2}={n+2\choose k+2}$

Using the Binomial Identity, prove that: $${n\choose k}+2{n\choose k+1}+{n\choose k+2}={n+2\choose k+2}$$Because this is in the form of a Binomial Coefficient, I can break down the LHS ...
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Suppose a coin in tossed $12$ times and there are $3$ heads and $9$ tails. How many sequences…

Suppose a coin is tossed $12$ times and there are $3$ heads and $9$ tails. How many sequences are there in which there are at least $5$ tails in a row? I know this is Permutation with repetition. My ...
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How does $9\choose 4,3,2$ $=8$ $7\choose 4$

Can someone please explain to me how $9\choose 4,3,2$$=8$$7\choose 4$? From my understanding $9\choose 4,3,2$$ = $$9\choose 4$$5\choose 3$$2\choose 2$$=$$9\choose 4$$5\choose 3$$\cdot 1$ But for ...
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Counting permutations in $S_n$ with $1,2,..,k$ all in same cycle

The number of permutations in $S_n$ for which the first $k$ items $1,2,...,k$ are all in the same cycle can be shown (by a somewhat tedious argument) to be $n!/k.$ I'm looking for less computational ...
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Finding a particular permutation

Simple Notation: For a permutation $P=(a_1,a_2,...,a_n)$ , we define $\{P_k\} = \{a_1,a_2,..,a_k\}$. (i.e. set of first $k$ numbers). Problem: Given $N=\{1,2,3,..,n\}$ and $m$ subsets of it, $S_1, ...
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Determinant of $\delta$ function

Let $$\delta_i^j=\left\{ \begin{aligned} 1 ~~~~~~i=j \\ 0 ~~~~~~i\ne j \end{aligned} \right. $$ $1\le i,j\le n$. How to prove $$ \begin{vmatrix} \delta_{j_1}^{i_1} ~...~ \delta_{j_n}^{i_1} \\ \\ ...
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Calculating the number of permutations that do not have at least one set of duplicate elements adjacent.

Ok, so I've got a set of elements, some are duplicates but each are considered unique as far as set-making goes. I need to find how many permutations exist that do not put two of the duplicates next ...
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Permutations of $n$ objects where $r = n -1$

In my text book the question is as follows: Find the way in which $5$ persons can sit in a row if two insist on sitting next to each other. They give the answer as $48$. I fail to understand how ...
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Mr and Mrs Zimmerman want to give their baby a first name and a second name so that the baby's three initials are in alphabetical order.

Mr and Mrs Zimmerman want to give their baby a first name and a second name so that the baby's three initials are in alphabetical order. How many different initials could this baby end up with eg. ...
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Permutations and Combinations based probblem

Find the value of the expression: $$ 1+1\times1!+2\times2!+3\times3!+.....+n\times n! $$ It is a problem based on the concept of permutations and combinations I don't have a perfect idea to solve ...
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Covering pairs with permutations

Consider an $n \times n$ matrix $M_n$ with the following properties: Each row is a permutation of $A_n \equiv \{1, 2, ..., n\}$. Every ordered pair $(i,j)$, $i,j \in A_n$, $i \neq j$, appears as a ...
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For any permutation $ \sigma \in S_n$, $(σ(1) − 1)(σ(2) − 2) . . . (σ(n) − n)$ is even when $n$ is odd [on hold]

Let σ be a permutation of ${1, 2, 3, . . . , n}$, n odd. I want to show that $(σ(1) − 1)(σ(2) − 2) . . . (σ(n) − n)$ is even. Thank you.
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Numbers of words allowing repetition [duplicate]

10 different letters of an alphabet are given. words with 5 letters are formed from these given letters.I have to determine the number of words which have at least one letter repeated. Answer is - ...
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sum of numbers formed by permutations

I have digits 2,3,4,5. I have been asked to find the sum of all 4 digits the numbers that can be formed using these digits without repetition such that all are included in the number. Can someone ...
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I need help answering a few simple math problems related to permutations and probability

Question 1: How many words can you make from the letters Texas if repeats are not allowed? Question 2: How many words can you make from the letters Texas if repeats are allowed? Question 3: What is ...
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Divisibility of N [on hold]

If there are $N$ tuples $(a,b,c)$ such that they are positive integers and $a>b>c$ and $$\frac{1}{a}+\frac{1}{b}+\frac{1}{c}=\frac{1}{2}$$ then $N$ is divisible by ? The answer is an integer ...
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Combinatorics problems involving permutations

Let $A= \{ 1,2,3,...,n\}$ a set and $f:A \to A$ a permutation of the set A. We call a number $x \in \{ 2,3,...,n-1 \}$ special if $f(x)>\max \{f(x-1),f(x+1) \}$ or $f(x)<\min \{f(x-1),f(x+1) ...
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How many possible placements are there for a Battleship puzzle?

I am studying the NP-Completeness of the battleship puzzle; the pencil and paper game found in newspapers and not the more popular 2-player version. I understand why the puzzle is NP-Complete because ...
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Find commuting elements within a permutation group

The question is like this: IF $G=S_5$ and $g=(1\quad 2\quad 3)$, determine the number of elements in $H=\{x\in G:xg=gx\}$. To do the question, first it says $$x(4)=(x(1\quad 2\quad 3))(4)=(1\quad ...
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Sign of composition of transpositions

Let $\sigma \in S_n$. Definition: Suppose that $\text{sign}\sigma=(-1)^N$, where $N$ - number of inversions in permutation $\sigma$. Suppose that $\tau_1$ and $\tau_2$ transpositions. How to prove ...
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Sign of permutation. Confusing example

Let $\sigma=(2314)\in S_4$. We have different definitions of sign of permutation. 1) Our $\sigma=(24)(21)(23)$ hence $\text{sgn}\sigma=(-1)^3=-1.$ 2) Our $\sigma$ has two inversions namely $(2,1)$ ...
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Does every partition of n correspond to some permutation of [1,2, … n]?

It is known that every permutation can be decomposed into disjoint cycles. The cycle type gives the length of each cycle. The sum of cycles length is n. I am wondering whether every partition of n ...
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Fourier transformation of a group

At the beginning of the section 4 of Fast Quantum Fourier Transforms for a Class of Non-abelian Groups, it is said that, ... calculating a Fourier transform for a group $G$ is the same as decomposing ...
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what is the smallest non-abelian finite group which has normal, non-abelian subgroups (plural)

I am looking for smallest example of a group $G$ such that: $G$ is a finite, non-abelian group $G$ is not simple $G$ has non-trivial, proper, normal subgroups: $H_1, H_2, \dots $ $H_1, H_2, \dots $ ...
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Cycle structure of the generators of the dihedral group

Would the following be correct about generating the dihedral group $D_n$ by permutations? If $n$ is even, the group can be generated as $\langle(2\quad n)(3 \quad n-1) \ldots (\frac{n}{2}-1 \quad ...
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permutations of n objects

Does the number of permutations of $n$ objects, $r$ alike of one kind and $n−r$ alike of another kind, always equal the combinations of n different objects taken $r$ at a time? Explain. I know ...
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Partition of natural number not equal to factorial

I wish to prove the following statement so I can use it as a lemma for a group theory result. To be honest I have not tried much yet, my intuition tells me this is going to be connected to the ...
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Arrangements of crew in two sides of a boat - permutations and combinations

A boat crew consist of 8 men, 3 of whom can row only on one side and 2 only on the other. The number of ways in which the crew can be arranged is This is a problem my math teacher has given ...
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Simple Question on Binomial theorems… [closed]

I have tried to solve this question by putting the value of each coefficients but it is really becoming very lengthy.... what i got was this number 10510100501... But how to get this in the required ...
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Number of ways of visiting N places

A tourist wants to visit $N$ cities, each numbered from $1$ to $N$, but he wants to visit them in a weird order. A weird order is such in which no city numbered $i$ is the $i$-th to visit in his ...
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For each of the following restrictions, find the smallest size n for strings over $\{a, b, c\}$ that can be used as codes for $27$ people.

For each of the following restrictions, find the smallest size $n$ for strings over $\{a, b, c\}$ that can be used as codes for $27$ people. a. There are $k$ $a$’s, $l$ $b$’s, and $m$ $c$’s and $k + ...
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How many distinct ways can the number be written as product of $3$ factors?

How many distinct ways can the number $126$ be written as a product of $3$ positive integer factors? I found that the prime factors are $126=2\times3\times3\times7$. But how to get number of ...
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What is probability that out of the first half on N objects, none will be matched with their own label?

The problem: We have N (even) objects ordered $o_1 ... o_N$ , each having their own label. The labels are reassigned to the objects randomly. What is the probability that that neither of the first ...
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Understanding derangement.

From the inclusion-exclusion principle we get that out of $N$ objects with one label each, there is a probability of $$\sum_{k=1}^N (-1)^{k+1}\frac{1}{k!}$$ that a random assignment of the $N$ labels ...
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How many straight lines can be made between 10 points such that 4 of them are colinear?

So i know how to get the answer. We just have to find $C(10,2)$ and subtract $C(4,2)$ and add 1. We are basically counting all the points between co-linear points as 1. So the question is why we are ...
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Centralizer of $\sigma\in S_n$ [duplicate]

Let $\sigma\in S_n$ . Describe the centralizer of $\sigma$. Thought: If I conjugate $\sigma$, then $\tau^{-1}\sigma\tau=\sigma.$ This means that $\tau$ is a power of $\sigma,$ and ...
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How many ways are there to arrange the letters of word $ALGEBRA$ such that the relative order of the vowels and consonants doesn't change?

I did this question this way :- there are 4 consonants in the words (LGBR) and there are 7 letters in the word. $therefore$ number of in which consonants can be arranged in relative order will be ...
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How many mixed double pairs can be made from 7 married couples provided that no husband and wife plays in a same set?

So for first man there can be 7 possible partners including his wife, for the next man there will be 6 possible partners and so on, $therefore$ for $7$ men and $7$ women, there will be $7!$ possible ...
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Finding number of functions from a set to itself such that $f(f(x)) = x$

The questions states that $f: A\rightarrow A$ is a function which satisfies $f(f(x)) = x.$ We have to find the number of such functions with $A = \left\{1,2,3,4\right\}$. The given condition clearly ...
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A question of permutations and combinations with six cards and six envelopes.

Six cards and six envelopes are numbered 1,2,3,4,5,6 and cards are to be placed in envelopes so that each envelope contains exactly one card and no card is placed in the envelope bearing the same ...
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How do I calculate the number of unique permutations in a list with repeated elements? [duplicate]

I know that I can get the number of permutations of items in a list without repetition using (n!) How would I calculate the number of unique permutations when a ...
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Counting the number of “distinct” permutations of two sets?

I don't really know how to introduce this question, so I start defining something I needed in order to well understand the problem I met! Let $A$, $B$ two finite sets of distinct elements, with ...
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rationale for book's solution of combinatorics question about scheduling ten speakers with restrictions

If A, B, C are among $10$ people speaking at a function in alphabetical order What are total ways of doing so. BOOKS APPROACH: There are $10$ people out of which $3$ need to be taken care of. So ...
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Permutations of 3 digit numbers divisible by 5

I recently had to answer the following permutation question: How many 3 digit numbers can be formed from the digits 2,3,5,6,7,9 which are divisible by 5 and none of the digits are repeated? ...
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In how many ways can we arrange the letters of word BAHAMA such that it starts with H and ends with A?

In how many ways can we arrange the letters of word BAHAMA such that it starts with H and ends with A? I have a doubt in the selection of A at the last position. Please help. Thanks in advance!!
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In how many ways can the letters of word $PERMUTATIONS$ be arranged if there are always 4 letters between P and S?

In how many ways can the letters of word $PERMUTATIONS$ be arranged if there are always $4$ letters between $P$ and $S$? Now there are $12$ blank spaces, which we have to fill by the letters of ...
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Combination and Permutation S= {A,B,B,C,C,C,D,D,D,D,E,E,E,E,E}.

S= {A,B,B,C,C,C,D,D,D,D,E,E,E,E,E}. If I choose n element from S, how many possible combination (unordered) and permutation (ordered) are possible (without using decision tree or counting)? What is ...
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Combinatorics Puzzle (Circular Table) [closed]

Q. Eleven members of a cricket team are numbered 1,2,3..11. In how many ways can they be seated around a circular table so that the numbers of any two adjacent players differ by one or two. ...
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Arrangement of letters in VISITING with no pairs of consecutive Is.

Could someone help me understand a book's solution to the following problem? I am providing my own solution, but I fail to understand theirs. Question: How many ways are there to arrange the ...