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Number of ways of distributing N identical objects in R distinct groups with no groups empty
  • Last Updated : 08 Jul, 2019

Given two integer N and R, the task is to calculate the number of ways to distribute N identical objects into R distinct groups such that no groups are left empty.

Examples:

Input: N = 4, R = 2
Output: 3
No of objects in 1st group = 1, in second group = 3
No of objects in 1st group = 2, in second group = 2
No of objects in 1st group = 3, in second group = 1

Input: N = 5, R = 3
Output: 6

Approach: Idea is to use Multinomial theorem. Let us suppose that x1 objects are placed in the first group, x2 objects are placed in second group and xR objects are placed in the Rth group. It is given that,
x1 + x2 + x3 +…+ xR = N for all xi ≥ 1 for 1 ≤ i ≤ R
Now replace every xi with yi + 1 for all 1 ≤ i ≤ R. Now all the y variaables are greater than or equal to zero.
The equation becomes,
y1 + y2 + y3 + … + yR + R = N for all yi ≥ 0 for 1 ≤ i ≤ R
y1 + y2 + y3 + … + yR = N – R
It now reduces to that standard multinomial equation whose solution is (N – R) + R – 1CR – 1.
The solution of this equation is given by N – 1CR – 1.



Below is the implementation of the above approach:

CPP




// C++ implementation of the above approach
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
  
// Function to return the
// value of ncr effectively
int ncr(int n, int r)
{
  
    // Initialize the answer
    int ans = 1;
  
    for (int i = 1; i <= r; i += 1) {
  
        // Divide simultaneously by
        // i to avoid overflow
        ans *= (n - r + i);
        ans /= i;
    }
    return ans;
}
  
// Function to return the number of
// ways to distribute N identical
// objects in R distinct objects
int NoOfDistributions(int N, int R)
{
    return ncr(N - 1, R - 1);
}
  
// Driver code
int main()
{
    int N = 4;
    int R = 3;
  
    cout << NoOfDistributions(N, R);
  
    return 0;
}

Java




// Java implementation of the above approach 
import java.io.*;
  
class GFG 
{
          
    // Function to return the 
    // value of ncr effectively 
    static int ncr(int n, int r) 
    
      
        // Initialize the answer 
        int ans = 1
      
        for (int i = 1; i <= r; i += 1
        
      
            // Divide simultaneously by 
            // i to avoid overflow 
            ans *= (n - r + i); 
            ans /= i; 
        
        return ans; 
    
      
    // Function to return the number of 
    // ways to distribute N identical 
    // objects in R distinct objects 
    static int NoOfDistributions(int N, int R) 
    
        return ncr(N - 1, R - 1); 
    
      
    // Driver code 
    public static void main (String[] args)
    {
  
        int N = 4
        int R = 3
      
        System.out.println(NoOfDistributions(N, R)); 
    }
}
  
// This code is contributed by ajit 

Python3




# Python3 implementation of the above approach
  
# Function to return the
# value of ncr effectively
def ncr(n, r):
  
  
    # Initialize the answer
    ans = 1
  
    for i in range(1,r+1): 
  
        # Divide simultaneously by
        # i to avoid overflow
        ans *= (n - r + i)
        ans //= i
      
    return ans
  
# Function to return the number of
# ways to distribute N identical
# objects in R distinct objects
def NoOfDistributions(N, R):
  
    return ncr(N - 1, R - 1)
  
# Driver code
  
N = 4
R = 3
  
print(NoOfDistributions(N, R))
  
# This code is contributed by mohit kumar 29

C#




// C# implementation of the above approach 
using System;
  
class GFG
{
      
    // Function to return the 
    // value of ncr effectively 
    static int ncr(int n, int r) 
    
      
        // Initialize the answer 
        int ans = 1; 
      
        for (int i = 1; i <= r; i += 1) 
        
      
            // Divide simultaneously by 
            // i to avoid overflow 
            ans *= (n - r + i); 
            ans /= i; 
        
        return ans; 
    
      
    // Function to return the number of 
    // ways to distribute N identical 
    // objects in R distinct objects 
    static int NoOfDistributions(int N, int R) 
    
        return ncr(N - 1, R - 1); 
    
      
    // Driver code 
    static public void Main ()
    {
        int N = 4; 
        int R = 3; 
      
        Console.WriteLine(NoOfDistributions(N, R)); 
    }
}
  
// This code is contributed by AnkitRai01
Output:
3

Time Complexity: O(R)

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