gamma function


Definition: The gamma function of n, written Γ(n), is ∫ 0 e-xxn-1dx. Recursively Γ(n+1) = nΓ(n). For non-negative integers Γ(n+1) = n!.

See also Stirling's formula.

Note: The gamma function is defined for all numbers whereas factorial is (strictly) only defined for non-negative integers.

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