How many $5$ digit numbers are possible having sum of their digits = $22$ ?

How can I solve it by using Stars and Bars problem ?

  • $\begingroup$ Observe that: $5+5+5+5+5=25$ $\endgroup$
    – Bumblebee
    Dec 10, 2016 at 19:27

1 Answer 1


This is an inclusion-exclusion question.

Count how many solutions to $a_1+a_2+a_3+a_4+a_5=22$ with $a_1\geq 1$ and $a_2,a_3,a_4,a_5\geq 0$.

Then subtract the number of solutions with $a_1\geq 10,$ then the number of solutions with $a_2\geq 10,$ etc.

Then add back in the cases where two of the $a_i$ are $\geq 10$, since you've subtracted these cases twice.

Each of the values you need for this can be computed with stars and bars.

The ultimate count you get is:

$$\binom{21+4}{4} - \binom{12+4}{4}-\binom{4}{1}\binom{11+4}{4} + \binom{4}{1}\binom{2+4}{4} +\binom{4}{2}\binom{1+4}{4}$$


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