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    A notorious postman delivered 4 letters to four houses in such a way that no house will get the correct letter.....in how many ways he delivered the letter??? please explain it please
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    Re: Permutation Question

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    A notorious postman delivered 4 letters to four houses in such a way that no house will get the correct letter.....in how many ways he delivered the letter??? please explain it please
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    Re: Permutation Question

    Hello, kashan123999!

    A notorious postman delivered 4 letters to four houses in such a way that no house got the correct letter.
    In how many ways could he have delivered the letter?

    The simplest way is to simply list the outcomes.

    Let the letters be A,B,C,D.


    There are 9 derangements of the four letters:

    . . \begin{array}{c}BADC \\ CADB \\ DABC \end{array}\qquad\begin{array}{c} BDAC \\ CDAB \\ DCAB \end{array} \qquad \begin{array}{c} BCDA \\ CDBA \\ DCBA \end{array}

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