# Difference between revisions of "Elementary symmetric sum"

## Definition

The $k$-th symmetric sum of a set of $n$ numbers is the sum of all products of $k$ of those numbers ($1 \leq k \leq n$). For example, if $n = 4$, and our set of numbers is $\{a, b, c, d\}$, then:

1st Symmetric Sum = $a+b+c+d$

2nd Symmetric Sum = $ab+ac+ad+bc+bd+cd$

3rd Symmetric Sum = $abc+abd+acd+bcd$

4th Symmetric Sum = $abcd$

## Uses

Symmetric sums show up in Vieta's formulas