COMBIN

Returns the number of combinations for a given number of items. Use COMBIN to determine the total possible number of groups for a given number of items.

Syntax

COMBIN(number,number_chosen)

Number     is the number of items.

Number_chosen     is the number of items in each combination.

Remarks

• Numeric arguments are truncated to integers.
• If either argument is nonnumeric, COMBIN returns the #VALUE! error value.
• If number < 0, number_chosen < 0, or number < number_chosen, COMBIN returns the #NUM! error value.
• A combination is any set or subset of items, regardless of their internal order. Combinations are distinct from permutations, for which the internal order is significant.
• The number of combinations is as follows, where number = n and number_chosen = k:

where:

Example

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• Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
• Select the example in the Help topic.

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Formula Description (Result)
=COMBIN(8,2) Possible two-person teams that can be formed from 8 candidates (28)

Applies to:
Excel 2003