# Counting problem (aabbcccdddd)

1. Apr 1, 2005

### ashi_mashi

hi everyone....
how many arrangements of this word "aabbcccdddd" is possible if we only use 3 of them? I know if we could use all of them it would just be 11!/(2!2!3!4!), but what if we only use 3?

Thanks in advance

2. Apr 1, 2005

### BicycleTree

I assume you mean 3 letters in the arrangement. First count the number of ways to permute using 1 letter of each, then in addition to that count the number of ways to permute using 1 of one letter and 2 of another, and then add 2 for the arrangements ccc and ddd.

3. Apr 1, 2005

### ashi_mashi

ok..thanks...so the answer would be 52?

4. Apr 1, 2005

### BicycleTree

Not quite what I got--maybe you added wrong at the end?

5. Apr 2, 2005

### ashi_mashi

umm...i tried it again...i got 62 (checked it 3 times!)

6. Apr 2, 2005

### BicycleTree

Yep, 62 is what I got. You said 52 the other time.

7. Apr 2, 2005

### ashi_mashi

thanks a lot

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