# Combinatorics

• Last Updated : 21 Jan, 2014

 Question 1

How many onto (or surjective) functions are there from an n-element (n >= 2) set to a 2-element set?

 A 2(2n - 2) B 2n - 2 C 2n - 1 D 2n
GATE CS 2012    Combinatorics
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Question 1 Explanation:

Total possible number of functions is 2n

In mathematics, a function f from a set X to a set Y is surjective (or onto), or a surjection, if every element y in Y has a corresponding element x in X such that f(x) = y

There are total 2 functions out of 2n that are NOT onto: one that maps to all 1s and other that maps to all 2s.

Therefore total number of onto functions is 2n - 2.

 Question 2

What is the possible number of reflexive relations on a set of 5 elements?

 A 225 B 220 C 215 D 210
GATE CS 2010    Combinatorics
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Question 2 Explanation:

Number of reflexive relations is 2n2-n which is 220 for n = 5

 Question 3
What is the maximum number of different Boolean functions involving n Boolean variables?
 A n2 B 2n C 22n D 2n2
GATE-CS-2007    Combinatorics
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Question 3 Explanation:
```No of inputs sequences possible for a n variable Boolean function = 2n

Each input sequence can give either T or F as output ( 2 possible values )

So, Total no of Boolean functions are -

2X2X2X2X2X2X.............X2X2X2X2X2X2

<-------------------- 2n Times -------------->

22n
```
 Question 4

Suppose that a robot is placed on the Cartesian plane. At each step it is allowed to move either one unit up or one unit right, i.e., if it is at (i,j) then it can move to either (i+1,j) or (i,j+1).
How many distinct paths are there for the robot to reach the point (10,10) starting from the initial position (0, 0) A D B C C B D A
GATE-CS-2007    Combinatorics
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Question 4 Explanation:

At each move, robot can move either 1 unit right, or 1 unit up, and there will be 20 such moves required to reach (10,10) from (0,0). So we have to divide these 20 moves, numbered from 1 to 20, into 2 groups: right group and up group.

Right group contains those moves in which we move right, and up group contains those moves in which we move up.

Each group contains 10 elements each. So basically, we have to divide 20 things into 2 groups of 10 10 things each, i.e., we need to find all possible arrangements of {r, r, r, r, r, r, r, r, r, r, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u} where r represents right move and u represents up move. The arrangements can can be done in 20! / (10!∗10!) = 20C10 ways. So option (A) is correct.

 Question 5

Consider the data given in above question.
Suppose that the robot is not allowed to traverse the line segment from (4,4) to (5,4). With this constraint, how many distinct paths are there for the robot to reach (10,10) starting from (0,0)? A D B C C B D A
GATE-CS-2007    Combinatorics
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Question 5 Explanation:

Since we are not allowed to traverse from (4,4) to (5,4), we subtract all those paths which were passing through (4,4) to (5,4).
To count number of paths passing through (4,4) to (5,4), we find number of paths from (0,0) to (4,4), and then from (5,4) to (10,10).

```From (0,0) to (4,4), number of paths = 8C4
[found in same way as in previous question].

From (5,4) to (10,10), number of paths = 11C5.
So total number of paths required : 20C10 − 8C4 ∗ 11C5.```

So option (D) is correct.

 Question 6
 A A B B C C D D
GATE-CS-2014-(Set-3)    Combinatorics
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Question 6 Explanation:
Let ∑ ={a, b} then ∑* = { ε, a, b, aa, ba, bb, ...................} "Set of all strings over any finite alphabet are Countable". Therefore, ∑* is countable. Since there exist an enumeration procedure using which all the string of the language can be generated, which means each string can be counted in finite number of steps. So, ∑* is countably infinite But 2Σ* is Uncountable, which can be proved using Diagonalization Method. This theorem says-  "If ∑* is countably infinite then 2Σ* is Uncountable".
 Question 7

Mala has a colouring book in which each English letter is drawn two times. She wants to paint each of these 52 prints with one of k colours, such that the colour-pairs used to colour any two letters are different. Both prints of a letter can also be coloured with the same colour. What is the minimum value of k that satisfies this requirement ?

 A 9 B 8 C 7 D 6
GATE-CS-2004    Combinatorics
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Question 7 Explanation:

This question is slightly ambiguous. So first let us understand what question is asking. So in a book, we have letters A-Z and each letter is printed twice, so there are 52 letters. Now we have to color each letter, so we need a pair of colors for that, because each letter is printed twice. Also in a pair, both colors can be some. Now condition is that a pair of colors can't be used more than once.

So suppose Mala has 3 colors : Red, Blue, Green. She can color as follows : (A,A) : (Red,Red), (B,B) : (Blue,Blue), (C,C) : (Green,Green), (D,D) : (Red,Blue), (E,E) : (Red,Green), (F,F) : (Blue,Green).
Now we don't have more pairs of colors left, we have used all pairs, but could color only 6 letters out of 26. So question is to find minimum no. of colors, so that we could color all 26 letters.

So if Mala has k colors, she can have k pairs of same colors, thus coloring k letters, then kC2 other pairs of colors, thus coloring kC2 more letters.
So total no. of letters colored = k+kC2=k+k(k−1)2=k(k+1)2.
So we want k(k+1)2≥26 i.e. k(k+1)≥52, so k≥7, so option (C) is correct.

 Question 8

Let A be a sequence of 8 distinct integers sorted in ascending order. How many distinct pairs of sequences, B and C are there such that (i) each is sorted in ascending order, (ii) B has 5 and C has 3 elements, and (iii) the result of merging B and C gives A?

 A 256 B 56 C 30 D 2
GATE-CS-2003    Combinatorics
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Question 8 Explanation:

Suppose you have selected 3 elements from 8 in 8C3 ways, the remaining elements are treated as another array and merging both the arrays gives the sorted array. Here, you can select either 3 or 5.

=> 8C3 = 8C5 = 8!/(3!5!) = 7*8 = 56 Ways.

 Question 9
n couples are invited to a party with the condition that every husband should be accompanied by his wife. However, a wife need not be accompanied by her husband. The number of different gatherings possible at the party is A A B B C C D D
GATE-CS-2003    Combinatorics
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Question 9 Explanation:
There are three options for every couple.
```1) Nobody goes to gathering
2) Wife alone goes
2) Both go```
Since there are n couples, total possible ways of gathering are 3n
 Question 10

m identical balls are to be placed in n distinct bags. You are given that m ≥ kn, where, k is a natural number ≥ 1. In how many ways can the balls be placed in the bags if each bag must contain at least k balls? A D B C C B D A
GATE-CS-2003    Combinatorics
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Question 10 Explanation:

This is very simple application of stars and bars. Since we want atleast k balls in each bag, so first we put kn balls into bags, k balls in each bag. Now we are left with m - kn balls, and we have to put them into n bags such that each bag may receive 0 or more balls. So applying theorem 2 of stars and bars with m - nk stars and n bars, we get number of ways to be m−kn+n-1 Cn−1. So option (B) is correct.

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