# Factorial of Large numbers using Logarithmic identity

Given a very large number **N**, the task is to find the factorial of the number using Log.

Factorial of a non-negative integer is the multiplication of all integers smaller than or equal to

N.

We have previously discussed a simple program to find the factorial in this article. Here, we will discuss an efficient way to find the factorial of large numbers.

**Examples:**

Input:N = 100Output:93326215443944152681699238856266700490715968264381621468592963895217599993229915608941463976156518286253697920827223758251185210916864000000000000000000000000

Input:N = 50Output:30414093201713378043612608166064768844377641568960512000000000000

**Approach:** The most common iterative version runs in expected O(N) time. But as numbers become big it will be wrong to assume that multiplication takes constant time. The naive approach takes O(K*M) time for multiplication where K is the length of the multiplier and M is the length of the multiplicand. Therefore, the idea is to use logarithmic properties:

As we know that and

Therefore:

Another property is

by substituting the value of ln(N!).

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

`// C++ program to compute the` `// factorial of big numbers` ` ` `#include <bits/stdc++.h>` `using` `namespace` `std;` ` ` `// Maximum number of digits` `// in output` `#define MAX 1000` ` ` `// Function to find the factorial` `// of large number and return` `// them in string format` `string factorial(` `long` `long` `n)` `{` ` ` `if` `(n > MAX) {` ` ` `cout << ` `" Integer Overflow"` ` ` `<< endl;` ` ` `return` `""` `;` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `long` `long` `counter;` ` ` `long` `double` `sum = 0;` ` ` ` ` `// Base case` ` ` `if` `(n == 0)` ` ` `return` `"1"` `;` ` ` ` ` `// Calculate the sum of` ` ` `// logarithmic values` ` ` ` ` `for` `(counter = 1; counter <= n;` ` ` `counter++) {` ` ` `sum = sum + ` `log` `(counter);` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `// Number becomes too big to hold in` ` ` `// unsigned long integers.` ` ` `// Hence converted to string` ` ` `// Answer is sometimes under` ` ` `// estimated due to floating point` ` ` `// operations so round() is used` ` ` `string result` ` ` `= to_string(round(` `exp` `(sum)));` ` ` ` ` `return` `result;` `}` ` ` `// Driver code` `int` `main()` `{` ` ` `clock_t` `tStart = ` `clock` `();` ` ` `string str;` ` ` `str = factorial(100);` ` ` `cout << ` `"The factorial is: "` ` ` `<< str << endl;` ` ` ` ` `// Calculates the time taken` ` ` `// by the algorithm to execute` ` ` `cout << ` `"Time taken: "` `<< setprecision(10)` ` ` `<< ((` `double` `)(` `clock` `() - tStart)` ` ` `/ CLOCKS_PER_SEC)` ` ` `<< ` `" s"` `<< endl;` `}` |

**Output:**

The factorial is: 93326215443944231979346762015249956831505959550546075483971433508015162170687116519232751238036777284091181469944786448222582618323317549251483571058789842944.000000

Time taken: 0.000114 s

**Time Complexity:** *O(N)*, where N is the given number.