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so with 2 sets, we have: A + B - AB = total where A is those

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so with 2 sets, we have: A + B - AB = total where A is those [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 09:40
so with 2 sets, we have:

A + B - AB = total

where A is those in set A, B is those in set B, and AB is the intersect.

What if we have 3 sets: A, B, C.

Is the correct formula

A + B + C - AB - BC - AC - 2*(ABC) = total

to avoid double counting?
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Re: Venn Diagrams - 3 Sets [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 12:15
Should be A + B + C - AB - BC - AC + 3*(ABC) = total

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Re: Venn Diagrams - 3 Sets [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 12:58
PatrickBateman wrote:
so with 2 sets, we have:

A + B - AB = total

where A is those in set A, B is those in set B, and AB is the intersect.

What if we have 3 sets: A, B, C.

Is the correct formula

A + B + C - AB - BC - AC - 2*(ABC) = total

to avoid double counting?


It should be A + B + C - AB - BC - CA + ABC -- when AB BC and CA include intersect of all 3. Note that its only ABC and not 3ABC as mentioned in the previous post.

The formula you quoted is correct if you are considering AB = "A and B alone" no C involved. And similar logic for BC and CA
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Re: Venn Diagrams - 3 Sets [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2008, 15:04
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It should be A + B + C - AB - BC - CA + ABC -- when AB BC and CA include intersect of all 3. Note that its only ABC and not 3ABC as mentioned in the previous post.

The formula you quoted is correct if you are considering AB = "A and B alone" no C involved. And similar logic for BC and CA


how can I interpret this logically?

We remove AB because we double count them in A, and B.

We add back ABC because we "double remove" them in AB, BC, CA.

Is that sort of the logic?
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Re: Venn Diagrams - 3 Sets   [#permalink] 15 Aug 2008, 15:04
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