The problem is actually related to other data, but the best example I can provide is as follows:

I have two bins with six different types of veggies. They could be carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, cauliflower, and broccoli.

Bin01 has 10 carrots, 12 potatoes, 4 turnips, 8 beets, 16 cauliflowers, and 9 broccoli.

Bin02 has 12 carrots, 8 potatoes, 5 turnips, 9 beets, 12 cauliflower, and 7 broccoli.

-Is there a means that I can determine if Bin01 is similar to Bin02?

-What happens if Bin02 has 0 turnips? I assume the order of items must remain the same.

-Can the degree of certainty (and I don’t know if that’s the correct term) that they are similar or different be determined?

-Is there any other information that is required? or, can be determined?

-Can the degree of certainty include a component that reflects the small number of each veggie in the bin?

-If I have 10 bins can the same method be used to compare all 10 bins?

Can someone outline a methodology to undertake this analysis, if it is possible? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Dik