Having some trouble with this combinatorics problem

by Calabi_Yau
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Calabi_Yau is offline
Nov19-12, 02:19 PM
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6 friends go to a party, each one carrying a different umbrella. They place the umbrellas outside. When the party is over, they are drunk and each one grabs an umbrella at random.
In how many ways could none of them have taken the right umbrella?

I'm having a bit trouble with this, as I can't seem to solve it without having to do some rough counting some times. Can any of you bother to solve this and explain it to me?
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Robert1986 is offline
Nov19-12, 06:34 PM
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Take a look at this link: http://www.proofwiki.org/wiki/Hat-Check_Problem
Norwegian is offline
Nov19-12, 07:23 PM
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You are asking about the number of derangments Sn of a set with n elements. If you are looking for an exact answer, you can either use the recurrence relation Sn+1=n(Sn+Sn-1), or compute the alternating sum Ʃ(-1)in!/i! where i goes from 0 to n.

Calabi_Yau is offline
Nov20-12, 09:58 AM
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Having some trouble with this combinatorics problem

Thanks guys.

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