The double factorial is an extension onto the normal factorial function. It is denoted with two exclamation points: .
|Definition: Double factorial|
| The double factorial of an integer is defined recursively as:
Do not confuse the double factorial for a factorial computed twice.
The double in double factorial represents the increment between the values of the terms when the factorial is expanded into a product. In the case of a regular factorial, each factor is decremented by one, from the number 'a' to 1. In the case of a double factorial, each factor is decremented by two.
The double factorial terminates with the sequence of evens, for example: or the sequence of odds: eg
The following properties hold:
- for any integer
There also exists the triple factorial, which is not as commonly known or used as the double, and with it a set of of analogous properties.
- A006882 - Double factorials in OEIS