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Homework Help: Sterling numbers of the First kind Combinatorial Proof

  1. Apr 17, 2010 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Say we have sterling numbers of the first kind where we're given s(n, n-2) = 2(nC3) + 3(nC4)
    for n greater than or equal to 4.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    So, for the left side, we have n people, and we wish to seat them at n-2 circular tables, where if we first seat n-2 people, we'll have 2 remaining people to sit down at any of the n-2 circular tables. I just want to know if I'm on the right track here; thank you so much for your time!
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  3. Apr 19, 2012 #2
    Hey, I was wondering if you figured out a solution to this and remember it? I can't figure it out at all!
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