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How many subordinates does Marcia have? [#permalink]
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How many subordinates does Marcia have?

(1) There are between 200 and 500 lists she could make consisting of the names of at least 2 of her subordinates. (2) There are 28 ways that she could decide which 2 subordinates she will recommend promoting.

1) there are between 200 and 500 lists she could make consisting of the names of at least 2 of her subordinates. 2) there are 28 ways that she could decide which 2 subordinates she will recommend promoting.

I found it very hard..

1: i am not sure how st 1 is sufficient as it says 200-500 lists from at least 2 subordinates.

2: 28 ways = nc2 = n(n-1)/2 = 8x7/2 = 28
so n = 8.

1) there are between 200 and 500 lists she could make consisting of the names of at least 2 of her subordinates. 2) there are 28 ways that she could decide which 2 subordinates she will recommend promoting.

I found it very hard..

For (1) remember that ii is often easier to count the converse of what is asked. Of the 2^n subsets of a list of n objects, how many contain less than 2 objects?

I actually didn't catch this expalantion..I have had another explanation as well, but even this one is not clear to me.... let's exclude from the 2^n lists, the only that have only one name and the 1 that has none, so 200<2^n - n - 1<500. so we have n=8.

Why do we have to consider 2^n lists? what's that mean: the n that have only one name and the one that has none...please help me!

I actually didn't catch this expalantion..I have had another explanation as well, but even this one is not clear to me.... let's exclude from the 2^n lists, the only that have only one name and the 1 that has none, so 200<2^n - n - 1<500. so we have n=8.

Why do we have to consider 2^n lists? what's that mean: the n that have only one name and the one that has none...please help me!

1) there are between 200 and 500 lists she could make consisting of the names of at least 2 of her subordinates. 2) there are 28 ways that she could decide which 2 subordinates she will recommend promoting.

I found it very hard..

2) is absolutely clear.

1)...I am not even able to comprehend the statement. I am not familiar with binomials, could someone please explain the "simple logic" behind 2^n.

I do understand that...... 2^n gives the number of combinations possible for n things.

But what does it have to do with lists? what is list implying in the question? and number of lists are not fixed in the question... it says it is varying from 200 to 500 ( in case we assume that 200 and 500 are the number of combinations)

1)...I am not even able to comprehend the statement. I am not familiar with binomials, could someone please explain the "simple logic" behind 2^n.

I do understand that...... 2^n gives the number of combinations possible for n things.

But what does it have to do with lists? what is list implying in the question? and number of lists are not fixed in the question... it says it is varying from 200 to 500 ( in case we assume that 200 and 500 are the number of combinations)

Please help!

maybe my logic will help you.

1. we have n subordinates: S={1,2,3,4....,n}
2. each subordinate may be included or not be included in a list. ( two possibilities)
3. our list we can image like a={1,0,0,1,1,0,1,0,....1} - where 1 - in the list, 1 - out of the list.
4. How many lists we can compose? N=2*2*2......2=2^n
5. N is not any number and is from set: {2^1,2^2,2^3,...,2^n,...}
6. Now, we have 2^7=128,2^8=256,2^9=512
7. we should exclude n(1-subordinate lists)+1(empty list)
8. 120,247,502

The answer has to be B and not D as stated. Since a range is mentioned in A. when there is a range multiple answers arise which is against DS. Hence B, unless there is some other explaination. Please provide source of the question, to judge the questions authencity

The answer has to be B and not D as stated. Since a range is mentioned in A. when there is a range multiple answers arise which is against DS. Hence B, unless there is some other explaination. Please provide source of the question, to judge the questions authencity

You are right for most cases, but here only n = 8 fits in the range of 200 to 500, so answer is D.

This is a very very interesting problem and the best explanation I could come with is this -

Imagine you have nine open slots and nine digits from 1 to 9, repetition is allowed and you can fill those slots with the digits, it gives you 9^9 entire combinations.

Similarly, you have n open slots and n candidates, each candidate can either fill the slot or not. So that gives 2 possibilities for each slot. For n slots, 2^n. This is practically, all the possible combinations of filling in those slots.

Now given in stmt 1 is that - all such possible combinations range between 200 and 500. So 200 < 2^n < 500. Therefore, n = 8.

(1) there are between 200 and 500 lists she could make consisting of the names of at least 2 of her subordinates. (2) there are 28 ways that she could decide which 2 subordinates she will recommend promoting.

This is a very very interesting problem and the best explanation I could come with is this -

Imagine you have nine open slots and nine digits from 1 to 9, repetition is allowed and you can fill those slots with the digits, it gives you 9^9 entire combinations.

Similarly, you have n open slots and n candidates, each candidate can either fill the slot or not. So that gives 2 possibilities for each slot. For n slots, 2^n. This is practically, all the possible combinations of filling in those slots.

Now given in stmt 1 is that - all such possible combinations range between 200 and 500. So 200 < 2^n < 500. Therefore, n = 8.

Little correction: For (2) we have \{s_1,s_2,s_3,...s_n\}. Each subordinate (s_1,s_2,s_3,...s_n) has TWO options: either to be included in the list or not. Hence total # of lists - 2^n, correct. But this number will include n lists with 1 subordinate as well 1 empty list.

As the lists should contain at least 2 subordinates, then you should subtract all the lists containing only 1 subordinate and all the lists containing 0 subordinate.

Lists with 1 subordinate - n: \{s_1,0,0,0...0\}, \{0,s_2,0,0,...0\}, \{0,0,s_3,0,...0\}, ... \{0,0,0...s_n\}. List with 0 subordinate - 1: \{0,0,0,...0\}

So we'll get 200<2^n-n-1<500, --> n=8. Sufficient.

For (1): C^2_n=28 --> \frac{n(n-1)}{2!}=28 --> n(n-1)=56 --> n=8. Sufficient.

How many subordinates does Marcia Have? If (1) there are between 200 and 500 lists she could make consisting of the names of at least 2 of her subordinates. (2) there are 28 ways that she could decide which 2 subordinates she will recommend promoting.

This is a very very interesting problem and the best explanation I could come with is this -

Imagine you have nine open slots and nine digits from 1 to 9, repetition is allowed and you can fill those slots with the digits, it gives you 9^9 entire combinations.

Similarly, you have n open slots and n candidates, each candidate can either fill the slot or not. So that gives 2 possibilities for each slot. For n slots, 2^n. This is practically, all the possible combinations of filling in those slots.

Now given in stmt 1 is that - all such possible combinations range between 200 and 500. So 200 < 2^n < 500. Therefore, n = 8.

Little correction: For (2) we have \{s_1,s_2,s_3,...s_n\}. Each subordinate (s_1,s_2,s_3,...s_n) has TWO options: either to be included in the list or not. Hence total # of lists - 2^n, correct. But this number will include n lists with 1 subordinate as well 1 empty list.

As the lists should contain at least 2 subordinates, then you should subtract all the lists containing only 1 subordinate and all the lists containing 0 subordinate.

Lists with 1 subordinate - n: \{s_1,0,0,0...0\}, \{0,s_2,0,0,...0\}, \{0,0,s_3,0,...0\}, ... \{0,0,0...s_n\}. List with 0 subordinate - 1: \{0,0,0,...0\}

So we'll get 200<2^n-n-1<500, --> n=8. Sufficient.

For (1): C^2_n=28 --> \frac{n(n-1)}{2!}=28 --> n(n-1)=56 --> n=8. Sufficient.

Answer: D.

Hi I wanted to know how can the list be composed of zero subordinate and if there are other candidates as well who are not subordinate then answer will change. Please clarify

How many subordinates does Marcia Have? If (1) there are between 200 and 500 lists she could make consisting of the names of at least 2 of her subordinates. (2) there are 28 ways that she could decide which 2 subordinates she will recommend promoting.

This is a very very interesting problem and the best explanation I could come with is this -

Imagine you have nine open slots and nine digits from 1 to 9, repetition is allowed and you can fill those slots with the digits, it gives you 9^9 entire combinations.

Similarly, you have n open slots and n candidates, each candidate can either fill the slot or not. So that gives 2 possibilities for each slot. For n slots, 2^n. This is practically, all the possible combinations of filling in those slots.

Now given in stmt 1 is that - all such possible combinations range between 200 and 500. So 200 < 2^n < 500. Therefore, n = 8.

Little correction: For (2) we have \{s_1,s_2,s_3,...s_n\}. Each subordinate (s_1,s_2,s_3,...s_n) has TWO options: either to be included in the list or not. Hence total # of lists - 2^n, correct. But this number will include n lists with 1 subordinate as well 1 empty list.

As the lists should contain at least 2 subordinates, then you should subtract all the lists containing only 1 subordinate and all the lists containing 0 subordinate.

Lists with 1 subordinate - n: \{s_1,0,0,0...0\}, \{0,s_2,0,0,...0\}, \{0,0,s_3,0,...0\}, ... \{0,0,0...s_n\}. List with 0 subordinate - 1: \{0,0,0,...0\}

So we'll get 200<2^n-n-1<500, --> n=8. Sufficient.

For (1): C^2_n=28 --> \frac{n(n-1)}{2!}=28 --> n(n-1)=56 --> n=8. Sufficient.

Answer: D.

Hi I wanted to know how can the list be composed of zero subordinate and if there are other candidates as well who are not subordinate then answer will change. Please clarify

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2^n is the number of lists including lists with 1 subordinate and an empty set (list with 0 subordinates is an empty set, which simply means that Marcia does not have any subordinate).

As for your other question, unfortunately I'm not sure I understand it.