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Factorial (!) is a monadic scalar function which gives the factorial of a non-negative integer. Factorial takes its glyph ! from traditional mathematics but, like all monadic functions, takes its argument on the right !Y instead of traditional mathematics' . It shares the glyph with the dyadic arithmetic function Binomial.


The factorial of a positive integer n is defined as the product of 1 to n inclusive.

      !0 1 2 3 4
1 1 2 6 24

Extended definition

In multiple implementations, this function has an extended definition using the Gamma function  , so that it is defined for real and complex numbers. Because   equals  , !Y is defined as  .

      !¯1.2 0.5 2.7
¯5.821148569 0.8862269255 4.170651784
      !2J1 ¯2J¯1
0.962865153J1.339097176 ¯0.1715329199J¯0.3264827482
Works in: Dyalog APL

The Gamma function diverges at 0 or negative numbers, so !Y is undefined at negative integers.

Works in: Dyalog APL

In J, where literal infinity is supported, negative integer factorial evaluates to positive infinity _ (if the argument is odd) or negative infinity __ (if even). This corresponds to the positive-side limit of the Gamma function.

      !_1 _2 _3 _4
_ __ _ __
Works in: J

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