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.
Number is the number of items.
Number_chosen is the number of items in each combination.
- 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:
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