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## #1 2013-10-05 22:34:01

bobbym
From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 93,776

### A stumper?

Hi;

This came up on another discussion group. Here I will show how easy this is to do with mathematica.

There are 5 different red balls, 5 different green balls, 5 different blue balls and 5 different black balls. In how many ways can they be arranged so that no two balls of same color are adjacent ?

The whole problem condenses down to this expression. ( I want to thank Robert Israel for showing me this idea.)

This produces an extremely large polynomial in 4 variables. The coefficient of

is the answer. We get it with the extremely powerful command:

Coefficient[ans, w^5 x^5 y^5 z^5]

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #2 2013-10-06 00:19:58

anonimnystefy
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From: The Foundation
Registered: 2011-05-23
Posts: 15,918

### Re: A stumper?

How does it work?

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #3 2013-10-06 00:23:32

bobbym
From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 93,776

### Re: A stumper?

It looks like it is the matrix version of a gf. How it works, I never did figure out, but I can use it.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #4 2014-03-17 23:56:29

gAr
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Registered: 2011-01-09
Posts: 3,479

### Re: A stumper?

Hi,

I think I got a hang of doing things in J.

Here's a simulation for an approximate answer:

``````sim=: 3 : '0=+/+/(2 4 8 16)=/2+/\(20?20){5#1 2 4 8'
((!20)%(!5)^4)*(+/%#)(sim "0) 1000000#0``````

= 135712661.692608

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"  - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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## #5 2014-03-18 02:51:13

bobbym
From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 93,776

### Re: A stumper?

Hi gAr;

That is close!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #6 2014-03-18 03:09:49

gAr
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Registered: 2011-01-09
Posts: 3,479

### Re: A stumper?

Hi,

Yes!
Is there any command in Mm to get moving averages?

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"  - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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## #7 2014-03-18 03:22:25

bobbym
From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 93,776

### Re: A stumper?

M, is bloated to the extreme. There is command for everything. Whenever I do not find a command that does exactly what I want I always think I did not look in the right place!

Try MovingAverage in the help.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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## #8 2014-03-18 04:08:09

gAr
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Registered: 2011-01-09
Posts: 3,479

### Re: A stumper?

Ah, yes!
I should have searched before asking!

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"  - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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## #9 2014-03-18 04:09:15

bobbym
From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 93,776

Hi;