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Ben and Ann are among 7 contestants from which 4 semifinalists are to be selected. Of the different possible selections, how many contain neither Ben nor Ann? A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 14 E. 21 PS07602.01
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Let the remaining contestants be A,B,C,D, and E. They are listed as follows ABCD  ABCE  BCDE  ACDE  ABDE Therefore, there are \(C_4^{5} = 5\)(Option A) possible combinations for the semifinalists.
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21 Sep 2019, 04:14
gmatt1476 wrote: Ben and Ann are among 7 contestants from which 4 semifinalists are to be selected. Of the different possible selections, how many contain neither Ben nor Ann?
A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 14 E. 21
PS07602.01 total = 7 contestants and not having Ben & Ann ; we have 5 left out of which 4 semifinalists can be choosen in 5c4 ways ; 5 IMO A



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30 Sep 2019, 07:50
I find the wording of the problem statement to be confusing.
The way I interpreted it, the question asks for the total number of combinations of 4 out of 7 (7C4=35), and of those combinations, asks how many cannot contain Ben and Ann.
I went about solving it as 7C4  4C2 = 35  12 = 23.
Please help me understand why my solution is wrong. Thanks.



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03 Oct 2019, 12:17
Bunuel, could you please explain? Thanks.



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03 Oct 2019, 18:20
gmatt1476 wrote: Ben and Ann are among 7 contestants from which 4 semifinalists are to be selected. Of the different possible selections, how many contain neither Ben nor Ann?
A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 14 E. 21
PS07602.01 Given:Ben and Ann are among 7 contestants from which 4 semifinalists are to be selected. Asked: Of the different possible selections, how many contain neither Ben nor Ann? There are 5 other participants out of which 4 are to be selected Number of ways = 5C4 = 5 IMO A Posted from my mobile device



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22 Oct 2019, 08:17
icanhazmba wrote: I find the wording of the problem statement to be confusing.
The way I interpreted it, the question asks for the total number of combinations of 4 out of 7 (7C4=35), and of those combinations, asks how many cannot contain Ben and Ann.
I went about solving it as 7C4  4C2 = 35  12 = 23.
Please help me understand why my solution is wrong. Thanks. You got the correct total number of combinations. But, you need to exclude 3 other types of outcomes. 1) Choose Ben and 3 other contestants not including Ann: C1*5C3 = 10 2) Choose Ann and 3 other contestants not including Ben: C1*5C3 = 10 3) Choose Ann and Ben and 2 other contestants: 2C2*5C2 = 10 So the answer would be 7C4  C1*5C3  C1*5C3  2C2*5C2 = 35  10  10  10 = 5 Hope it's clear.



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11 Dec 2019, 21:44
Hi All, We're told that Ben and Ann are among 7 contestants from which 4 semifinalists are to be selected. We're asked of the different possible selections, how many contain NEITHER Ben nor Ann. Since we're selecting 'groups' of people, this is ultimately a Combination Formula question. IF we had NO restrictions, then with 7 contestants, the number of 'groups of four' would be 7c4 = 7!/4!3! = (7)(6)(5)/(3)(2)(1) = 35 possible groups of four However, we're interested in groups that contain NEITHER Ben nor Ann, which means that we have just 5 people to choose from. 5c4 = 5!/4!/1! = (5)/(1) = 5 groups of four. Final Answer: GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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gmatt1476 wrote: Ben and Ann are among 7 contestants from which 4 semifinalists are to be selected. Of the different possible selections, how many contain neither Ben nor Ann?
A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 14 E. 21
PS07602.01 Let Ann, Bob, C, D, E, F, G be the 7 contestants. To ensure that neither Ben nor Ann are among the four semifinalists, let's remove them from the list of contestants. So, we can select the four semifinalists from {C, D, E, F, G}
Since the order in which we select the 4 semifinalists does not matter, we can use COMBINATIONS. We can select 4 semifinalists from 5 contestants in 5C4 ways. 5C4 = 5 Answer: A Cheers, Brent
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gmatt1476 wrote: Ben and Ann are among 7 contestants from which 4 semifinalists are to be selected. Of the different possible selections, how many contain neither Ben nor Ann?
A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 14 E. 21
PS07602.01 If neither Ben nor Ann is among the semifinalists, then there are only 5 contestants vying for the four slots. Thus, the number of ways to select the semifinalists when neither Ben nor Ann is selected is 5C4 = 5. Answer: A
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06 Jan 2020, 13:04
MBA HOUSE KEY CONCEPT: Combinatorics (Combination) 7 contestants and 4 semifinalists If we don’t want Benn and Ann actually we have 5 contestants and 4 semifinalists n = 5 ; k = 4; no repetition; order doesn’t matter Combination of 5 elements taken 4 by 4 = 5! / (5  4)! (4!) = 5 A



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06 Jan 2020, 22:43
Here, the required: how many contain neither Ben nor Ann?
Remove Ben and Ann from total contestants. Now total contestants stand 5.
As order of the contestants is not necessary, we can use combination.
From 5 , 4 can be selected in 5C4 = 5(A)




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