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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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s = {12, 7, 10, 9, 7, 13, 11, 9, 8, 13, 10, 10, 8, 11, 11, 9, 7, 11, 9, 12}

How many combinations can be made, when 6 numbers are picked from s without replacement and the total of all 6 is less than or equal to 60?

We can think of this as solving 7a+8b+9c+10d+11e+12f+13g <=60 and a+b+c+d+e+f+g=6 with the conditions a,b,c,d,e,f,g>=0. This suggests a multivariable gf approach. For that we would need all the coefficients of

To get them we need to do some summation manipulations to form the gf.

This is the gf

Now that we have the gf we can compute the coefficients using M but I liked using the summation form instead.

```
gf = Expand[Sum[(x*y^7)^a, {a, 0, 3}] Sum[(x*y^8)^b, {b, 0, 2}] Sum[(x*y^9)^c, {c, 0, 4}] Sum[(x*y^10)^d, {d, 0, 3}] Sum[(x*y^11)^ e, {e, 0, 4}] Sum[(x*y^12)^f, {f, 0, 2}] Sum[(x*y^13)^g, {g, 0, 2}]];
(Cases[(List @@ gf), x^6 y^n_ /; n <= 60]) /. x -> 1 /. y -> 1 // Total
Cases[(List @@ gf), a_*x^6 y^n_ /; n <= 60] /. x -> 1 /.y -> 1 // Total
```

Adding them up we get 353.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Thanks so much for this. I was trying to figure out a GF for this problem, but got nowhere.

By the way, I think \vdots might look better.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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There is a nice pdf that I downloaded that showed me how.

Where should I put the cdots?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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I like the idea of one variable tracking which numbers were picked and the other how many of each was taken.

Not \cdots but \vdots. Right beneath the second line of LaTeX, instead of those three dots.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I like the idea of one variable tracking which numbers were picked and the other how many of each was taken.

That type problem had me stumped for many years but now it seems obvious.

Oh you mean vertical dots.

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I am wondering what tactical advantage a gf has...

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am wondering what tactical advantage a gf has...

A gf turns a combinatorics problem into a computational one. This idea is one of the cornerstones of EM.

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What is your fast algorithm to compute the required coefficient?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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In this problem, or in general?

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In this problem?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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There are at least 3 ways that M can get at these coefficients, one is already posted.

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How does M get them?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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One way uses the series instead see post #1.

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