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Fill $8$ boxes with $60$ items

I have $8$ boxes and $60$ items: how many ways can I fill the boxes so that The order of the items in each box does not matter It does not matter which boxes are filled with which items. In other ...
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Permutations of n objects taken r at a time ( r=1 to r=n ) where objects may be groups of same entities and it's sum

I'm given n objects where n1 objects are the same ,along with another group of n2 objects of same element etc.. such that Σni = n (i=1 to k). Assuming there are k groups of similar objects eg: in ...
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Permutation of numbers from multiple sets [May contain duplicate numbers among other sets], resulting in Non-Duplicate Set

We have 3 Data Sets. From each set we will be selecting few numbers. 3 from Set 1, 2 from Set 2, 3 from Set 3. Totally, we will get 8 Numbers from 3 Sets. The resulting sets shouldn't contain any ...
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Permutation question in discrete mathematics. At least 1 out 3 members (P) from a total of 10 members

Im doing a question out of Discrete and Combinatorial mathematics by Grimaldi (4th Edition). I'm stuck on one of the questions and am trying to find an alternative way of doing it, that is not in the ...
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Combinatorics Question - Permutations and Supersets

I had a question that seems pretty straightforward, but I can't seem to wrap my mind around it. Let's say I have a bunch of elements in a set. {A, B, C, D, E}. How many permutations are there of ...
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Finding how many bits of length n there are

So we are starting on the section of combinatorics in my discrete math class and our instructor gave us a simple problem to see if we understood what we learned that day. The problem consists of three ...
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Why is it true that $(a_1, a_2, \dots, a_r) = (a_1, a_r)(a_1, a_{r-1})\dots(a_1, a_3)(a_1, a_2)$?

In the theory of permutation, a $r$-cycle $(a_1,a_2,...,a_r)$ is defined in the following way: Start from $a_i$, a permutation function $f$ sends $a_i$ to $a_{i+1}$. When $i=r, a_i \text{ will be ...
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Functions that are “balanced” on the support of a permutation

Let $F = GF(2^n)$. Let $P(x), Q(x) \in F[x]$ be such that $P(x)$ is a permutation, while $Q(x)$ is not a permutation. For $\lambda \in F^*$ define the function $g_\lambda(x) = Tr(\lambda Q(x))$. Let ...
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How Can I calculate number of combinations/permutations with certain rules

Lets say I have 4 balls and when each ball is drawn it can be any value between 1-40 inclusive. If order isn't important then it would just be $40\cdot 39\cdot 38\cdot 37/4!$ But what if ball 1 had ...
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Permutation equivalence classes with kendall-tau distance

Consider a set $A=\{a_1,...,a_m\}\subset \{1,...,n\}$ for which $a_i<a_{i+1}$ for all $i = 1,\ldots,m-1$. Take any two distinct permutations $\sigma, \tau$ of $\{1,...,n\}$ such that $ ...
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If $G = S_5$ and $H = \{g \in G \mid g^{5} = e\}$ how could I determine and prove whether or not $H$ is a subgroup of $G$?

I think that the this group contains the 5 element cycles and the identity e but overall I'm not sure how to prove that the product of the 2 members of H is also a 5 cycle or e.
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Permutations: Interpreting Image Notation

I have a problem in interpreting permutation. I think the definition and my interpretation of it don't match each other. Let $\sigma=(1\ 2\ 4\ 3)$, and $\tau=(1\ 3\ 2\ 4)$ in one-line notation. I ...
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Number of permutations of an integer

If $n$ is an integer, how many permutations are less than, equal to and greater than $n$? For example if $n=24335$, $43325\gt n$, $23345\lt n$, etc...
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When will Andrea arrive before Bert?

The question was as follows- on any given day, Andrea is equally likely to clock in at work any time from 8:50am to 9:06am. Similarly, Bert is equally likely to to clock in at work at any time ...
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Permutational Question

When I use the equation $P = \frac{n!}{(n - r)!}$ with n = 3 and r = 2, I get 6 permutations. Though, how do I get the amount of permutations without cross-duplicates(e.g A/B and B/A)?
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Any hint on : Every $A_{n}$ elemnt is $n$-cycles product. [on hold]

[Added explanation] I found this exercise as follows in Hungerford : Abstract algebra (3rd edition) page 236, exercise number 40. Stated as follows : C.40. Prove that every element of $A_{n}$ is ...
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Why Composition and Dihedral Group have reverse order of operation?

NOTE - I didn't receive any answer in here and I think because my first post is not clear, so I entirely made another example: $K={\{id,r^2,r^4,s,r^2s,r^4s}\}$ is a proper subgroup of the dihedral ...
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permutation and combination advanced

I have n sets having values less than 100. I need to find how many arrangements could be made if I pick one element from each set such that in the given arrangement there are no duplicates? NOTE: A ...
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Intuitively and Mathematically Understanding the Order of Actions in Permutation GP vs in Dihereal GP

I define $r$ to be one rotation clockwise, and s to be reflection on the 'horizontal' line (see the figure). So I can make these bijections: (in clockwise order) $$\begin{align*} 1,2,3,4,5,6 ...
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Proving complete reducibility of modular representations

Let $G$ = $S_{3}$ and consider the $3 \times 3 $ permutation representations. For example, we have $$ \psi (123) = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 0 & 1\\ 1 & 0 & 0\\ 0 & 1 & 0\\ ...
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Number of 8 character passwords including numbers and letters without repetition

A password must be created with 8 characters. It can use number or letters, but they cannot be repeated (and letters are not case sensitive so we have only 36 characters). How many passwords are ...
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Probability of a user references in a network [on hold]

I am trying to figure out no of possible referrals of a user in a network. Where the size of a network is not fixed but we can set an assumption of 1000 persons. Edit: A user knows few users in a ...
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Sign Of Permutation That Is Written As C Different Cycles

Prove: if $\sigma\in S_n$ is a factorization of $c$ disjoint cycles then $\text{sgn} (\sigma)=(-1)^{n-c}$. We know the one cycle sign is $(-1)^{l-1}$ so $c$ of them is: ...
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NP combination puzzle (Klotski)

I've written a C++ program to solve sliding puzzles games such as UnblockMe and Car Parking. I'm quite happy about it, since it solves various schemes in less than a second. Recently I fed the game ...
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Rank 3 permutation groups

Let $G \leq Sym(\Omega)$ be a finite permutation group of rank 3, $\alpha \in \Omega$ and $g,h \in G$ such that $x_1 := g(\alpha)$ and $x_2 := h(\alpha)$ are not equal. Now my question is: Is there ...
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How many permutations cover alternating/reverse alternating permutations?

Given integers $1$ through $2n$, let $S$ be set of ordering of integers that respect even alternating or reverse alternating permutations (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternating_permutation) up to ...
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Where do I use that $G$ is a permuation group?

This is about question $4.1.7$ from Dummit and Foote, and also related to my previous question. The question is (summarised a bit): Let $G$ be a transitive permutation group on a finite set $A$. ...
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How to prove the theorem on group algebra of permutation group [on hold]

How to prove the following theorem: If $t$ is a vector in group algebra of permutation group, then $\cal{y}t\cal{y}=\lambda_t \cal{y}$, where $\cal{}y$ is the Young operator of permutation group and ...
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Compose $(1243)$ and $(5)$

Checking my work. In either direction: $(1243)[1] = 2$ and $(5)[2] = 2$, so far we have $(1, 2,\ldots$ $(1243)[2] = 4$ and $(5)[4] = 4$, so far we have $(1, 2, 4,\ldots$ $(1243)[4] = 3$ and ...
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Finding permutation matrix

Let $P_{\pi}$ denote a permutation matrix associated to the permutation $\pi:\{1,...,n\}\rightarrow \{1,...,n\}$ and $\sigma$ denote the cyclic permutation $(1 2 ...n)$. If T is the $n\times n$ lower ...
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How many permutations $(a_i)_{i=1}^{30}$ of $\{1,\dots,30\}$ satisfy $m$ divides $a_{n+m}-a_n$ when $m \in \{2,3,5\}$ and $1 \le n<n+m \le 30$?

Define a permutation $(a_1,a_2,\dots,a_{30})$ of $\{1,2,\ldots,30\}$ as good if for all $m \in \{2,3,5\}$, we have that $m$ divides $a_{n+m}-a_n$ for all integers $n$ satisfying $1 \leq n < n+m ...
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Show that there is always a way to achieve det(A) > 0

a) Assume that $(a_1, ..., a_9)$ are different positive numbers. Let us make a 3x3 matrix $A_s$ by placing them arbitrarily into 9 positions available. Show that there is always a way to assemble ...
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Characterisation of the squares of the symmetric group

I found out that for $n\le 4$ we have $S_n^2=A_n$ with $G^2$ defined by $$G^2:=\{g^2 \mid g\in G\}$$ for any group $G$. Surely we have $S_n^2\subseteq A_n$ for all $n\in\mathbb N$. Is there a ...
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ln how manyways can we distribute $7$ apples and $6$ oranges among $4$ children so that each child gets at least one apple.

In how many ways can we distribute $7$ apples and $6$ oranges among $4$ children so that each child gets at least one apple? I think this can be solved by using permutations because the word ...
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Permutation and signature matrices “almost commute”

Let $\mathcal{P}$ be the set of all permutation matrices of order $n$ and $\mathcal{S}$ the set of all signature matrices of order $n$. Furthermore, let $$\mathcal{P}\mathcal{S} = \{PS \mid ...
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Permutations 123456 [closed]

User passwords for a certain computer network consists of 3 letters followed by 3 digits . How many different passwords are possible? Repetition is allowed.
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Permutations of a set with a conditional subset

Using the digits 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 0 only once, how many 4-digit numbers could be constructed if the number is even? This is an exercise from an online course I'm taking. The given solution suggests ...
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Proving a certain lemma about subgroups of $A_n$

In proving $A_n$ is simple for $n\neq4$, my teacher established the cases 1, 2, 3 as obvious, then proved the case 5, and proceded by induction on the rest. In the midst of that induction, he stated ...
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How to arrange 15 women and 15 men so no two females are seated next to each other?

To a certain conference, each firm can send two employee representatives, on the condition that one of them is a male and the other a female. If 15 firms were represented in this conference, what is ...
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How to find different number of distinct integers from given set of number

How many different integers can be expressed as the sum of $3$ distinct numbers from the set $\{3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 38, 45, 52\}$? Could someone help me with this problem?
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Help needed to solve combinatorics problem.

I have been revisiting my old probability courses and I found a problem, which I can't figure out how to solve or at least what I get differs from the answer in the book. The problem reads as ...
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Question on Permutations Please advise

Among all seven digit decimal numbers,how many of then contain exactly three 9's? My Approach: 3 places contains only 9's---> 1*1*1 (No. of Ways to Choose out of 0 to 9) other 4 places: since first ...
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Basic Password permutation question

I'm reading the problem from this stanford material (http://infolab.stanford.edu/~ullman/focs/ch04.pdf). Can you please help me understand this? Question: At Real Security, Inc., computer passwords ...
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Prove that the 4-group V is normal subgroup of $S_4$ by using isomorphism theorem

Prove that the 4-group V is normal subgroup of $S_4$ First, by using the multiplication table, I am able to prove that 4-group V is subgroup of $S_4$. But I face problem in proving that $\forall ...
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what is maximum number of points of intersection between the diagonals of a convex octgon?

What is the maximum number of points of intersection between the diagonals of a convex octagon (8-vertex planar polygon)? Note that a polygon is said to be convex if the line segment joining any two ...
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Permutation: How many ways to put 7 people in 10 rooms?

How many ways can 7 people be placed into 10 rooms, if (only) 2 of them can’t share a room with anyone? I'm not sure how to go about this, mostly because of the "share a room" bit. I'm thinking I ...
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How many $4$ digit numbers with distinct digits can be formed using $0,1,2,3,4,5$?

So left most digit can be filled with $5$ (can't use $0$ there) then next one got $5$ option then $4$ and $3$. So the answer is $5\cdot 5\cdot 4\cdot 3 =300$. Is it correct ?
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Can one modify the generators of a transitive group to get an intransitive group while preserving conjugacy classes?

There is a general question I'm interested in: given $g$ and $h$ with $H=\langle g,h \rangle$ a transitive subgroup of $S_n$, when is it possible to find $g',h'$ so that $H'=\langle g',h' \rangle$ is ...
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Simple string permutations question

How many sequences of 5 letters are there in which exactly two are vowels? My approach There are $5^2$ different permutations for 2 vowels and $\binom{5}{2}$ ways allocate them. There are $21^3$ ...
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How many words can be formed using all the letters of “DAUGHTER” so that vowels always come together?

How many words can be formed using all the letters of "DAUGHTER" so that vowels always come together? I understood that there are 6 letters if we consider "AUE" as a single letter and answer would be ...