Questions on the factorial function, $n!=n\times(n-1)\times\cdots\times1$. Consider using the tag (gamma-function) if dealing with noninteger arguments.

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Understanding Ramanujan's approach in his proof of Bertrand's Postulate

I've been reading through Ramanujan's proof of Betrand's Postulate and I'm not clear why he didn't state his proof in terms of $\varphi(2x) - \varphi(x)$ What would be wrong with this approach for ...
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Primality of $n! +1$

I came across with a problem where I was required to examine primality of $n! +1$ (17! + 1 was the actual number). Although Wilson's Theorem could be manipulated for determining primality of $n! + ...
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Could this approximation be made simpler ? Solve $n!=a^n 10^k$

I need to find the smallest value of $n$ such that $$\frac{a^n}{n!}\leq 10^{-k}$$ in which $a$ and $k$ are given (these can be large numbers). I set the problem as : solve for $n$ the equation ...
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Partial sums of falling factorials

I want to know if there exists some way, approximate or exact, to do a partial sum of falling factorials of the kind: $$\sum_{k=i}^{n}(a+k)_{h}$$ where all are constants. And I'm interested too in ...
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What steps have been taken so far to solve Brocard's Problem?

The equation is $$n!+1=m^2$$ where $n$ and $m$ are natural numbers. Brocard's Problem asks whether there are solutions for n other than $4, 5, 7$. The only improvement I have found that people have ...
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Proving $11! + 1$ is prime

Prove that: $$11! + 1$$ is a prime number. Without computing the number (or factorial). Obviously, from Wilson's theorem, a number $n$ is prime if, $$(n-1)! + 1 \equiv 0 \pmod{n}$$ Since $n = ...
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Growth of $n!!\dots !$

The asymptotic growth of the factorial function $n!$ is famously given by Stirling's formula as $$n! \sim \sqrt{2 \pi n}\left(\frac{n}{e}\right)^n$$ Is there a similar formula for the iterated ...
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If $x$ and $y$ are positive integers then $\frac{(2x)!(2y)!}{x!y!(x+y)!}$ is an integer

If $x$ and $y$ are positive integers then $\frac{(2x)!(2y)!}{x!y!(x+y)!}$ is an integer I have to show that the proposition above is true for any $x,y\in\mathbb{Z^+}$ by means of Legendre's ...
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Trying to show that $\ln(x!) - \ln(\lfloor\frac{x}{2}\rfloor!) - \ln(\lfloor\frac{x}{3}\rfloor!) - \ln(\lfloor\frac{x}{6}\rfloor!) \ge \psi(x)$

I've been told that the approach below will not work. I would be interested if someone could help me to understand what will go wrong. Let: $$\psi(x) = \sum\limits_{p^k \le x} \ln p$$ So that (see ...
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Generalizing Jitsuro Nagura's result: my resulting upper bound for the second chebyshev function is too low. What am I doing wrong?

I've been reading through Jitsuro Nagura's classic proof that there is a prime between $x$ and $\frac{6x}{5}$ and it seems to me that it should be possible to improve on his upper bound for the second ...
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Inequality problem with factorials

I am not sure if this kind of "question" is welcome on MSE. Here is an olympiad-like problem that I would like to share with you: Let $a,b,c$ be nonnegative integers. Prove that $$ ...
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The inverse of x!

what is the inverse of a factorial function? Its is not continuous but is modeled by the gamma function which is continuous so must have a inverse any research leads to the inverse gamma function that ...
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Sum problem involving Factorials

got the following problem to prove for $n \in \mathbb{N}$ and $1 \leq i \leq n$: \begin{equation} \sum_{k=1}^{n-i} \frac{(2n-1-i-2k)! 2^{2k}}{(n-i-k)! (n-k)! 2}=\sum_{k=1}^{n-i} \frac{(2n-1-i-k)! ...
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Factorial of Complex Values

Since the gamma function is an analytic continuation of the factorial function, we can find the factorial of complex values. How does one go about doing so? I've looked far and wide on the internet ...
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Find k such that, $\displaystyle\frac{n^{\underline k}}{n^k}<a$

How to find k here $\displaystyle\frac{n^{\underline k}}{n^k}<a$ ? With, $n^{\underline k}=n\cdot(n-1)\cdot...(n-k+1)$ and $(n>k,\ a>0)$ Of course if $k\approx n/2$ the inequality ...
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Which series of numbers effectively translates the factorial to the exponential function?

We have the relation of the Bernoulli numbers $$B_{2n} = (-1)^{n+1}\frac {2(2n)!} {(2\pi)^{2n}} \left(1+\frac{1}{2^{2n}}+\frac{1}{3^{2n}}+\cdots\;\right).$$ For $n>1$, the right hand sum ...
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Prove (*) by induction on k.

Challenge: For linear systems with constant coefficients, in some sense we "never need more" than the so-called exponential polynomials, meaning expressions in the form $$\sum_{i=1}^m ...
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Prove: $\frac{(2px)!}{((px)!)^2}\equiv\frac{(2x)!}{((x)!)^2}\pmod{p^2}$

How can I prove the following, where $p$ is a prime and $x$ a positive integer? $$\dfrac{(2px)!}{((px)!)^2}\equiv\dfrac{(2x)!}{((x)!)^2}\pmod{p^2}$$ I'm not sure if it is actually true, but I tested ...
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How to find $\beta$ and $\alpha$?

$\mathbb{P}$ is the prime numbers set. $p \in \mathbb{P}$ $a,b,c \in \mathbb{N}$ $n=a p^b+c$ where $c= n\bmod p$ $b$ is the highest power of $p$ who divides $n-c$ How to find $\beta$ where ...
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How to find the next higher combination out of a fixed group of digits?

I have a group of contiguous digits ordered from smallest to highest: 1234. I want a formula (in case it exists) to find the next closer higher combination of the same digits. In this example the next ...
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Evaluating $\int e^{\Gamma(x)} dx $ and $\int \pi^{\Gamma(x)} dx $

I don't know how to solve these integrals: $$I_1 =\int e^{\Gamma(x)} dx $$ $$I_2 =\int \pi^{\Gamma(x)} dx $$ As a tenth grader I have no idea what the solutions could be. How would one go about ...
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How many zeroes would be there at the end of $11^{(5!)!}-1$?

$$11-1=10 \\ 121-1=120 \\ 1331-1=1330$$ Now it can be seen that the tens digit increases by 1 at each increment of exponent. So, only in case of $11^{10}$ the tens digit is zero and the units digit ...
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Find $\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^\infty\dfrac{1}{\left(\binom{2014+k}{2014}\right)}$

Find $\displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^\infty\dfrac{1}{\left(\binom{2014+k}{2014}\right)}$, where $\left(\binom{a}{b}\right)=\dfrac{a!!}{b!!(a-b)!!}$ EDIT : Someone pointed out in the Mathematics chat that my ...
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Checking whether it is integer or not.

I'm trying to prove following term is integer for all $m,n \in \mathbb{N} :$ $$\frac{2^{m+n-1}\prod\limits_{k=1}^m(4k-3)\prod\limits_{l=1}^n(4l-1)}{(m+n)!}$$ I checked that if $m=n$ then this term ...
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Knuth shuffle : Is there a reciprocal to the factorial?

I have looked into the Knuth collection shuffle algorithm with pseudorandom number generators. They say that a PRNG with a seed state of $19937$ bits (like one of the Mersenne Twisters) can shuffle a ...
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Transforming a Riemann-Stieltjes integral related to the factorial

I have been able to show that $$\log n! = \int_{1 + \epsilon}^n \log x \, d\lfloor x \rfloor$$ but I have not been successful trying to transform this Riemann-Stieltjes integral to an ordinary ...
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Find all possible solutions!

Find solutions for $$^nP_r=s!$$ For $(n,r,s)\in \mathbb{N}$ I could find some trivial solutions $(6,3,5)~,~(1,1,1)$ etc.
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Trying to generalize an inequality from Jitsuro Nagura: Does this work?

I am investigating the generality of Lemma 1 in Nagura's proof that there is always a prime between $x$ and $\frac{6x}{5}$. In Lemma 1, Nagura establishes when $n > 1$, $x \ge 1$: ...
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Can we simplify the sum $\sum_{i=0}^k \frac{((i-k)a)^i b^{k-i}}{i!}$?

The problome is rewriten here: $\sum_{i=0}^k \frac{((i-k)a)^i b^{k-i}}{i!}$ where $0<a<1$, k is an integer larger than 1. I came to this equation when i try to find some probability. I ...
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Generating all positive integers from three operations

This question arose on sci.math, but since almost all the competent mathematicians there have migrated here, I thought I'd give the question a wider audience. Starting with an integer $t>2$, ...
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Product of complex numbers $m+in$ with $0 < m,n \leq N$

I am trying to look for a generalization of Stirling's formula to complex numbers. In the integer case: $$ \log n! = \sum_{k = 1}^n \log k \approx \int_1^n \log x \, dx = n \log n - n$$ For the ...
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Is there a function of, say, x and y that would take the first x factors in a factorial and return a xCy amounts of terms with y factors in each term?

What I'm basically looking for is described in the title. Here are some examples of what the function I'm looking for should do. Is there an existing function that does this? Even if not, are there ...
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Elementary proof about nth differences of nth powers of integer

In a post on Math.SE., a proof sketch was proposed for the proposition below: The sequence of $n$th differences of the sequence of $n$th powers of positive integers, is the constat sequence $n!$. ...
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How to differentiate $(x!)\uparrow\uparrow(!x)$?

I need help in differentiating the following expression with respect to x, which I recently came up with when trying to differentiate expressions involving subfactorials... ...
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Integral representation of simplified factorial division

I know that $\int_0^\infty{t^ne^{-t}}dt=n!$ from the gamma function, but I'm looking for a single integral which can represent $\frac{n!}{(n-m)!}=n(n-1)(n-2)\cdots(n-m+1)$ so that I don't need to ...
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Limit of $\frac{1}{n}\log({n\choose np})$ without using Stirling's formula

I am trying to evaluate the following limit: $$ \forall p\in(0,1) ,\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty} \frac{1}{n}\log{n\choose \lfloor np \rfloor} =H(p),$$ where $\lfloor x\rfloor$ means the greatest integer ...
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What condition does a recursive function have to fulfill to be well defined?

What condition does a recursive function have to fulfill to be well defined? Provide a well-defined recursive definition of the factorial of a number. Modify the definition so that is no longer ...
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Sum concerning Catalan triangle and binomials

I am trying to prove the following relation. For $k \in \mathbb{N},k \geq 2$ and $i=1,\ldots,k-1$ \begin{equation} {2k-2-i \choose k-1-i}=\sum \limits_{l=0}^{k-1-i} 2^{2l} T(k-2-l,k-1-i-l)-2 \sum ...
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Permutations and combinations - divisibility of a factorial

Question: Find the largest value of $n$ for which $125!$ is divisible by $6^n$ Approach: I tried to find all the numbers which were a multiple of 6. The number of times such divisors occurred ...
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is there anyone able to develop this series in order to get the following equality?

$\sum_{i=1}^\infty (1-\alpha)_{(i-1)}*\frac{\varepsilon^i}{i!}$ = $\frac{1-(1-\varepsilon)^{\alpha}}{\alpha}$ where $(1-\alpha)_{(i-1)}$ is the Pochammer symbol or rising\ascending factorial. Can ...
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Determine the formula for hexagon arrangements.

The puzzle to be solved is similar to a jigsaw but using n regular hexagons of equal size for pieces. The pieces are to be placed within a defined perimeter to create a picture. Q: If we let the ...
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Calculate $\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}\frac{\log{\binom{n}{n_1}}}{n}$

We know that $\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}\frac{n_1}{n}=p$ and $0\leq p\leq 1$. Based on this information I want to calculate $\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}\frac{\log{\binom{n}{n_1}}}{n}$. Any help? Note: ...
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Simple finite series with reciprocal factorials

I'm trying to find the following sum: $$ \sum_{k=0}^n{1\over(n-k)!}{x^{k+2}\over k+2}. $$ The most obvious way is to differentiate wrt to $x$ leading to $$ ...
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How are the Stirling-based bounds for the factorial function proven?

According to (26) on wolfram mathworld, one has $$\sqrt{2\hspace{-0.04 in}\cdot \hspace{-0.04 in}\pi} \cdot n^{n+(1/2)} \cdot \operatorname{exp}((-n)\hspace{-0.02 in}+\hspace{-0.02 ...
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Counting zeros in a factorial(terminal + zeros in between digits)

The usual counting zeros in a factorial asks to count only the terminal zeros.This question, which also asks to count the zeros that are in between digits,for example, 8! (40320, has a zero between 4 ...
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The closed form of $\sum_{n=1}^{x}n!$

Let $$y=\sum_{n=1}^{x}n!$$ be the sum of consecutive factorials. What is closed form for $y$ in terms of $x$? Wolfram Alpha says that $$y=-(-1)^x\Gamma(x+2)(!(-x-2))-!(-1)-1$$ where $!x$ is ...
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Simplifcation of the Function Required

I want to simplify the following expression $$ \sum_{x=0}^{D+m} \frac {x!} {(n+1)_x} (\frac {\theta_{eff}} {\mu})^x {D+m \choose x} $$ The parameters $D, m, n, \theta_{eff}, \mu, $ are constants. ...
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The Number of The 0's in a Factorial

I need to find that the number of the 0's at the end of the number is odd or even in a factorial. For example: $0! = 1$ (Even) $5! = 120 $ (Odd) $18! = 6402373705728000 $ (Odd) Dou you have any ...
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Digits of $n$ factorial

With the notable exception of $0$, for large enough $n$, the digits in base $10$ for $n!$ seem pretty much uniformly distributed (I have also checked for other few bases $> 2$). Have anyone ...
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Approximating the probability that a range bounds a given number, with very large numbers

Let $m$ numbers be chosen uniformly from $0,\dots,n-1$ without replacement and then sorted in ascending order as $\ell_0,\dots,\ell_{m-1}$. Let there be $b,e,x$ such that $0 \le b \le e \le m$ and $0 ...