Several approximations for n! have recently appeared in the literature. We show here how these approximations can be derived by expansion of certain polynomials in inverse powers of n and comparison with Stirling’s asymptotic series. Some new approximations are also given. The same procedure is applied to generate approximations for the ratio of two gamma functions.

abstract = "Several approximations for n! have recently appeared in the literature. We show here how these approximations can be derived by expansion of certain polynomials in inverse powers of n and comparison with Stirling’s asymptotic series. Some new approximations are also given. The same procedure is applied to generate approximations for the ratio of two gamma functions.",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Asymptotic approximations for n!

AU - Paris, Richard B.

PY - 2011

Y1 - 2011

N2 - Several approximations for n! have recently appeared in the literature. We show here how these approximations can be derived by expansion of certain polynomials in inverse powers of n and comparison with Stirling’s asymptotic series. Some new approximations are also given. The same procedure is applied to generate approximations for the ratio of two gamma functions.

AB - Several approximations for n! have recently appeared in the literature. We show here how these approximations can be derived by expansion of certain polynomials in inverse powers of n and comparison with Stirling’s asymptotic series. Some new approximations are also given. The same procedure is applied to generate approximations for the ratio of two gamma functions.