# Source code for simplestatistics.statistics.choose

from .factorial import factorial
[docs]def choose(n, k):
"""
The choose function calculates the `binomial coefficient`_
as used in combinatorics and other counting problems.
.. _`binomial coefficient`: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binomial_coefficient
The binomical coefficient, written as :math:`n \\choose k`
and often read aloud as ':math:`n` choose :math:`k`'
is the answer to the question "how many ways are there to choose
:math:`k` elements, regardless of their order, from a set of :math:`n`
elements?".
Equation:
.. math::
\\frac{n!}{k! (n - k)!}
Args:
n: An integer.
k: An integer.
Returns:
An integer.
Examples:
>>> choose(5, 3)
10
>>> choose(2.1, 5)
Traceback (most recent call last):
...
TypeError: choose() expects both n and k to be integers
"""
# choose works with integers
if type(n) is float or type(k) is float:
raise TypeError('choose() expects both n and k to be integers')
numerator = factorial(n)
denomerator = factorial(k) * factorial(n - k)
return(int(numerator / denomerator))