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Re: Mathematica's FactorialSimplify command

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  • Subject: [mg8553] Re: Mathematica's FactorialSimplify command
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 23:16:19 -0400
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Amy Calhoun wrote:

> I am trying to figure out how to use a Mathematica package that contains the
> command FactorialSimplify.  

I assume then that this a version 2.2 package.  The functionality of
FactorialSimplify has been absorbed into FullSimplify (or you can use

	In[1]:= FunctionExpand[(n + 1)!/(n - 3)!]
	Out[1]= (n - 2) (n - 1) n (n + 1)

	In[2]:= FullSimplify[(n + 1)!/(n - 3)!]
	Out[2]= (n - 2) (n - 1) n (n + 1)

	In[3]:= FunctionExpand[Gamma[n + 2]/(n - 3)!]
	Out[3]= (n - 2) (n - 1) n (n + 1)

	In[4]:= FullSimplify[Gamma[n + 2]/(n - 3)!]
	Out[4]= (n - 2) (n - 1) n (n + 1)

In 3.0, if you replace all occurences of FactorialSimplify by
FunctionExpand it should work.

> In the book "A=B" there are several  references to
> a Mathematica command called FactorialSimplify.  The book says that the command
> can be found in the package DiscreteMath`RSolve`.  I've loaded this package and
> I've not found the command, and the help command just returns that
> FactorialSimplify is a global variable.  

You have probably already "referred" to FactorialSimplify (by entering
it before loading the package DiscreteMath`RSolve`).  If you 

To stick with the 2.2 you should load


before you call FactorialSimplify.


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