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Let X i denote the set of all permutations in S n which fix the integer i, (1 ≤ i ≤ n). Then the number of derangements in S n is d n = n! − |X1 ∪ ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ ∪ X n |. , (i < j < k), etc. Therefore by the Inclusion–Exclusion Principle n n n d n = n! − {( )(n − 1)! − ( )(n − 2)! + ( )(n − 3)! }. n Here the reason is that there are (nr) intersections X i1 ∩X i2 ∩⋅ ⋅ ⋅∩X i r with i1 < i2 < ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ < i r . The required formula appears after a minor simplification of the terms in the sum. 36787 . . 8 % of the permutations in S n are derangements.

Indeed 1S = 1S ∗???? 1S = 1S ∗ 1S , so 1S ∗ 1S = 1S ∗ 1G . 2) it follows that 1S = 1G . Next let −1 −1 x ∈ S and denote the inverse of x in (S, ∗) by x−1 S . We want to be sure that x S = x . −1 −1 −1 −1 ???? −1 −1 Now 1G = 1S = x ∗ x S = x ∗ x S . Hence x ∗ x = x ∗ x S and so x S = x . Thus inverses are the same in (S, ∗???? ) and in (G, ∗). On the basis of these observations we are able to formulate a convenient test for a subset of a group to be a subgroup. 4) Let S be a subset of a group G. Then S is a subgroup of G if and only if the following hold: (i) 1G ∈ S; (ii) xy ∈ S whenever x ∈ S and y ∈ S, (closure under products); (iii) x−1 ∈ S whenever x ∈ S, (closure under inverses).

This group is called the general linear group of degree n over ℝ. (vi) For an example of a semigroup that is not a monoid we need look no further than the set of all even integers with multiplication as the group operation. Clearly there is no identity element here. (vii) The monoid of functions on a set. Let A be any non-empty set, and write Fun(A) for the set of all mappings or functions α on A. Then (Fun(A), ∘) is a monoid where ∘ is functional composition. 3) and the identity function on A is an identity element.