# Glossary

## Partial permutation

A partial permutation is an ordering of only $k$ objects selected from a collection of $n$ objects ($k \leq n$). For example, a partial permutation of 3 of the first 8 positive integers is given by $(5, 7, 2)$.

The statistic $P(n, k)$ counts the total number of possible partial permutations of $k$ objects chosen from a collection of $n$ objects.