Morlock - 2 months ago 17

Python Question

I need to compute combinatorials (nCr) in Python but cannot find the function to do that in

`math`

`numpy`

`stat`

`comb = calculate_combinations(n, r)`

I need the number of possible combinations, not the actual combinations, so

`itertools.combinations`

Finally, I want to avoid using factorials, as the numbers I'll be calculating the combinations for can get too big and the factorials are going to be monstrous.

This seems like a REALLY easy to answer question, however I am being drowned in questions about generating all the actual combinations, which is not what I want. :)

Many thanks

Answer

See scipy.misc.comb. When `exact`

is False, it uses the gammaln function to obtain good precision without taking much time. In the exact case it returns an arbitrary-precision integer, which might take a long time to compute.