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**CS1022 Computer Programming & Principles**

Lecture 6.1 Combinatorics (1)

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**Plan of lecture Motivation Addition principle Multiplication principle**

Analysing selection problems k-Samples k-Permutations k-Combinations k-Selections Examples CS1022

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**Why combinatorics? We sometimes need to consider the question**

How many elements are there in set A? If too many elements in a set, and we need to process the set, then this might take too long What’s “too long”? Example: how many outfits can one wear? Blue trousers and yellow shirt Black trousers and yellow shirt Etc. When we are proposing a computational solution we need to think of feasible solutions In realistic situations, will the program finish in “good time”? CS1022

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**A scenario: timetabling**

Every term we organise your timetable Day/time for lectures, practicals, etc. Compulsory modules must be allowed Not all choices possible, though How many ways are there to Arrange lecture, practical and lab times For all modules, for the whole university, Using up all time slots, 9AM-5PM? Answer: many! A program to compute a timetable needs to consider every option It is going to take a long time... International timetabling competition! CS1022

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**Addition principle Disjoint choices/events don’t influence one another**

Choice of cakes in a shop – first choice influences second one as there will be fewer cakes Throwing a die twice – 2nd time not influenced by 1st time Suppose A and B disjoint choices/events The number of options/outcomes for A is n1 The number of options/outcomes for B is n2 Total number of options/outcomes for A or B is n1 n2 CS1022

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**Multiplication principle**

Suppose a sequence of k choices/events With n1 options/outcomes for 1st choice/event With n2 options/outcomes for 2nd choice/event ... With nk options/outcomes for kth choice/event Total number of possible options/outcomes for the sequence is n1 n2 ... nk CS1022

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**Addition principle with sets**

Suppose A is the set of n1 options/outcomes Suppose B is the set of n2 options/outcomes Sets A and B are disjoint, that is, A B So |A B| |A| |B| That is, A B contains n1 n2 elements There are n1 n2 possible outcomes for A or B CS1022

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**Multiplication principle with sets**

We can “interpret” multiplication principle in terms of sets too Let A1 be set of n1 options/outcomes for 1st choice/event Let A2 be set of n2 options/outcomes for 2nd choice/event ... Let Ak be set of nk options/outcomes for kth choice/event Sequence of k events is an element of Cartesian product A1 A2 ... Ak Set has cardinality |A1| |A2| ... |Ak| CS1022

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**Analysing information needs**

Suppose we need to create a way to identify cars What kind of licence plate would you propose? Some ways are better than others How many cars could we licence with a 6-digit licence? Answer: 1,000,000, that is from to UK: 40,000,000 vehicles so we need more digits... Alternative – licence with 4 letters and 3 digits Examples: ABCD 123, GHHH 234, etc. How many cars can we licence? Answer: 26 26 26 26 10 10 10 = 456,976,000 CS1022

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**Analysing selection problems (1)**

Suppose we are offered 3 kinds of sweets Aniseed drops (A) Butter mints (B) and Cherry drops (C) How many ways can we choose 2 sweets? Can we choose the same sweet twice? (AA, BB or CC?) Does the order matter? (Is BA the same as AB?) CS1022

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**Analysing selection problems (2)**

Cases to consider Repeats allowed and order matters 9 possibilities: AA, AB, AC, BA, BB, BC, CA, CB, CC Repeats allowed and order does not matter 6 possibilities: AA, AB, AC, BB, BC, CC Repeats not allowed and order matters 6 possibilities: AB, AC, BA, BC, CA, CB Repeats not allowed and order does not matter 3 possibilities: AB, AC, BC CS1022

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**n n ... n = nk possible k-samples**

Consider Selection of k objects from a set of n objects where Order matters and repetition is allowed Any such selection is called a k-sample Since repetition is allowed, There are n ways of choosing the 1st object, and There are n ways of choosing the 2nd object, and so on Until all k objects have been selected By the multiplication principle this gives n n ... n = nk possible k-samples k CS1022

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**P(n, k) n(n – 1)(n – k 1) n!/ (n – k)!**

k-Permutations (1) Consider Selection of k objects from a set of n objects where Order matters and repetition is not allowed Any such selection is called a k-permutation Total number of k-permutations is denoted by P(n, k) Since repetition is not allowed, There are n ways of choosing the 1st object There are (n – 1) ways of choosing the 2nd object There are (n – 2) ways of choosing the 3rd object, and so on Up to (n – k 1) ways of choosing the kth object By the multiplication principle this gives P(n, k) n(n – 1)(n – k 1) n!/ (n – k)! possible k-permutations CS1022

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k-Permutations (2) How many 4-letter “words” can we write with distinct letters from the set a, g, m, o, p, r? Solution: A “word” is any ordered selection of 4 different letters P(n, k) n! (n – k)! We have in our scenario n 6 and k 4, so we have P(6, 4) 6!/ (6 – 4)! 6!/2! (6 5 4 3 2 1)/(2 1) (6 5 4 3 2 1)/(2 1) 360 possible k-permutations CS1022

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**k-Combinations (1) Consider**

Selection of k objects from a set of n objects where Order does not matter and repetition is not allowed Any such selection is called a k-combination Total number of k-combinations is denoted by C(n, k) By the multiplication principle: The number of permutations of k distinct objects selected from n objects is The number of unordered ways to select the objects multiplied by the number of ways to order them Hence, P(n, k) C(n, k) k! and so there are C(n, k) P(n, k) n! k! (n – k)! k! possible k-combinations CS1022

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**k-Selection (1) Consider Any such selection is called a k-selection**

Selection of k objects from a set of n objects where Order does not matter and repetition is allowed Any such selection is called a k-selection Since selection is unordered, We arrange the k objects so that like objects grouped together and separate the groups with markers There are n ways of choosing the 2nd object, and so on CS1022

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k-Selection (2) Example: unordered selection of 5 letters from collection a, b and c, with repetitions Selection of two a’s, one b and two c’s: aa|b|cc Selection of one a’s, and four c’s: a| |cccc Seven slots: five letters and two markers Different choices: ways to insert 2 markers into 7 slots That is, C(7, 2) CS1022

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**(n – 1) markers and k objects**

k-Selection (3) Unordered selection of k objects from a set of n objects with repetition allowed requires (n – 1) markers and k objects Therefore, there are (n – 1) k slots to fill The number of k-selections is the number of ways of putting (n – 1) markers into the (n – 1) k slots Therefore number of k-selections from n objects is C((n k – 1), (n – 1)) (n k – 1)! ((n k – 1) – (n – 1))! (n – 1)! (n k – 1)! k! (n – 1)! CS1022

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k-Selection (4) Five dice are thrown. How many different outcomes are possible? Solution: Each of the dice shows one of six outcomes If 5 dice are thrown, the number of outcomes is the unordered selection of 5 objects with repetition allowed C((n k – 1), (n – 1)), with n 6 and k 5 This gives C((6 5 – 1), (6 – 1)) C(10, 5) 10!/(5! 5!) 252 CS1022

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**Summarising... What we have so far can be summarised as**

We need to analyse the problem to choose formula They all need as input n and k If we choose the wrong formula, we still get a result... But the result will not be the right answer! Order matters Order does not matter Elements repeated k-sample: nk k-selection: Elements not repeated k-permutation: k-combination: CS1022

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**Example: National Lottery (1)**

Twice-weekly draw selects 6 different numbers Random selection from {1, 2, ..., 49} People pick their numbers before draw (and pay for this) Let’s calculate the odds of hitting the jackpot Winning numbers: one of the unordered selection of six numbers from 49 possibilities That is, C(49, 6) = 13,983,816 different ways The odds are 1 to 13,983,816 CS1022

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**Example: National Lottery (2)**

Smaller prizes for getting 5, 4 or 3 numbers right If you choose exactly 3 numbers right you get £10 What are the odds of getting £10? Pre-selection of numbers means choosing three correct and three incorrect numbers There are C(6,3) ways of selecting 3 correct numbers There are C(43,3) ways of selecting 3 incorrect numbers Total number of winning combinations is Odds of 13,983,816/246,820 57 to 1 CS1022

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**Example: Choosing people (1)**

12 candidates for a committee of 5 people How many committees? Order does not matter Elements not repeated There are possible committees Order matters Order does not matter Elements repeated nk Elements not repeated CS1022

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**Example: Choosing people (2)**

We want to know about two people, Mary & Peter How many committees contain both Mary & Peter? Reasoning If Mary & Peter are in the committee, then we need only consider the remaining 3 people to complete the group There are 10 people to fill in the 3 places Order does not matter Elements not repeated There are possible committees with Mary and Peter in them Order matters Order does not matter Elements repeated nk Elements not repeated CS1022

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**Example: Choosing people (3)**

How many do not contain neither Mary or Peter? Reasoning If Mary & Peter are excluded, then we have to select 5 people from remaining 10 people Order does not matter Elements not repeated There are possible committees without Mary and Peter Order matters Order does not matter Elements repeated nk Elements not repeated CS1022

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Further reading R. Haggarty. “Discrete Mathematics for Computing”. Pearson Education Ltd (Chapter 6) Wikipedia’s entry Wikibooks entry CS1022

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