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Mathematics of Computation

Published by the American Mathematical Society since 1960 (published as Mathematical Tables and other Aids to Computation 1943-1959), Mathematics of Computation is devoted to research articles of the highest quality in computational mathematics.

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Calculation of the gamma function by Stirling’s formula
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Math. Comp. 25 (1971), 317-322 Request permission


In this paper, we derive a simple error estimate for the Stirling formula and also give numerical coefficients.
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  • © Copyright 1971 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 25 (1971), 317-322
  • MSC: Primary 65D20
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  • MathSciNet review: 0295539