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Determining Rho with a mixed system

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I received a call from a local engineer who was struggling with trying to 
determin the redundancy factor on a residence he designed that used 
cantilevered columns in portions of the home, but relied upon conventional 
shearwalls in the majority of the residence.
My thought was to disregard the columns and determine Rho from the formulas 
given choosing the highest load plywood shearwall calculated from the 

Can anyone offer an explanation as to the intent of the code when using a 
mixed system?

Dennis Wish PE