Google Sheets COMBIN Function

This post will guide you how to use Google Sheets COMBIN function with syntax and examples.

Description


The Google Sheets COMBIN function returns the number of combinations for a given number of items. And you can use the COMBIN function to determine the total possible number of groups for a given number of items.

For example, assuming that you have 6 objects(a,b,c,d,e,f) and you can get 15 different combinations of 2 objects , the combinations are as follows:

ab ac ad ae af bc bd be bf cd ce cf de df ef

The purpose of this function is used to get number of combinations without repetitions in google sheet and it’s returned value is a number of combinations as an integer.

The COMBIN function is a build-in function in Google Sheets and it is categorized as a MATH function.

Syntax


The syntax of the COMBIN function is as below:

=COMBIN (number, number_chosen)

Where the COMBIN function arguments are:

  • number – This is a required argument. . The number of items. It must be greater than 0, and it also must be greater than number_chosen argument.
  • number_chosen – This is a required argument. The number of combinations that you want to.

Note:

  • If either the number argument or the number_chosen argument is less than 0, then the COMBINA function will return the #NUM! Error.
  • If any arguments are non-numeric, this function will return #VALUE! Error.
  • If any arguments are integer values and will be truncated.
  • if you want to calculate the number of combinations for a given number of items (with repetitions), you can use the COMBINA function.

Google Sheets COMBIN Function Examples


The below examples will show you how to use google sheets COMBIN Function to get the number of combinations for a given number objects from a set (in any order).

1# to get the number of combinations for 6 and 2(in any order), enter the following formula in Cell B1.

=COMBIN(6,2)

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2# to get the number of combinations for 20 and 4(in any order), enter the following formula in Cell B2.

=COMBIN(20,4)

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