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bobbym
2012-12-23 08:00:45

That is not correct. Please check the answer you will see that our answers are the right one.

This line is the key,

How many different vote counts are possible

cooljackiec
2012-12-23 05:17:17

it is wrong.

I think that it would be 4^50.

Every member has 4 choices. 50 members. But im not sure...

bobbym
2012-12-22 05:46:06

True, but there could be an even easier way...

anonimnystefy
2012-12-22 05:43:26

I never said it was perfect... I only agreed that it is much easier to calculate...

bobbym
2012-12-22 05:30:30

Exactly?

There will be times when you will think you or I have found the perfect answer, I assure you these are delusions on your part. - Prof. Kingsfield

anonimnystefy
2012-12-22 05:25:31

Exactly!

bobbym
2012-12-21 21:53:59

Hi;

That is very good, I did not see that. That would get the same answer and there is less calculation.

anonimnystefy
2012-12-21 21:46:37

It is easier to look at them as a special category of voters:

where n are the non-voters. There are then
.

bobbym
2012-12-21 21:42:48

The non voters are not a candidate. They are represented by different values of r. For instance when there is one non voter the equation is

anonimnystefy
2012-12-21 21:38:00

There are 5 groups, votes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th candidate and the non-voters...

bobbym
2012-12-21 21:04:25

3 spacers, because you are looking for solutions to

the three spacers make 4 separte groups. Each group is how many is in a variable.

xxxxxxxxxxxxx _ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx _ xxxxxxxxxx  _ xxxxxxxxxx

this corresponds to the solution 13 + 17 + 10 + 10 = 50

anonimnystefy
2012-12-21 21:02:36

Actually, you must have 4 spacers...

Your answer is correct.

bobbym
2012-12-21 20:47:03

Hi;

Not exactly, If one guy gets 20 votes there are only 30 to spread to the others.

Remember you are only voting for one position not 4.

Take 50 x's and place 3 spacers in various positions.

anonimnystefy
2012-12-21 20:42:05

Each member has 5 chiloices. There are 50 members, or 46 if you exclude the ones who are running for president. 5 votes per person, 46 persons, 5^46 possible vote counts...

bobbym
2012-12-21 20:39:53

5^50 = 88817841970012523233890533447265625

I bet you did not do a simulation.

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