I have a = {1, 2, 3}, and want to obtain Multinomial[1, 2, 3], which is 60.

But when I input Multinomial[a], the input a is the entire list so I got {1, 1, 1}. That is, I need to separate a from a single list into separated elements so that I can input them correctly.

Multinomial[Flatten[a]] also doesn't work, since the last bracket can't be removed by Flatten. What can I do?


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    $\begingroup$ Multinomial @@ a, which in full form would be Apply[Multinomial][a] or Apply[Multinomial, a]: look up Apply. Think of Apply as changing the head of an expression, in this case from List to Multinomial. Tangentially, the arguments to Multinomial should be a Sequence. $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Apr 30, 2018 at 2:03
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    $\begingroup$ For completeness, since you are changing the head, you could also use a /. List -> Multinomial However, solution provided by @MarcoB is preferrable. $\endgroup$
    – Bob Hanlon
    Apr 30, 2018 at 2:41
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. Tried all these methods and solved the problem. $\endgroup$
    – H42
    Apr 30, 2018 at 4:20

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