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In ancient time, the Jaina School of Indian mathematics took great interest in the subject of permutations and combinations as is clear from their canonical and other literature. The Bhagavatī-sūtra (dated about 300 bc) is said to have mentioned combinations of n objects taken one at a time (eka-saṃyoga), two at a time (dvika-saṃyoga), three at a time (trika-saṃyoga), or more at a time.
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