n! means n x (n – 1) x … x 3 x 2 x 1
Find the sum of the digits in the number 100!
let rec factorial (n:bigint) = if n = 1I then 1I else n * factorial(n-1I) let number = factorial 100I let digits = number.ToString().ToCharArray() |> Seq.map (fun c -> int32(c.ToString())) let sum = digits |> Seq.sum
This solution is pretty straight forward, though you might be curious as to what the rec keyword in the factorial function is for. In F# you need to explicitly specify that a function can be recursive and you do so with the rec keyword.
Note that the last three lines can be merged into one:
let answer = (factorial 100I).ToString().ToCharArray() |> Seq.sumBy (fun c -> int32(c.ToString()))
The Seq.sumBy function is basically Seq.map and Seq.sum functions rolled into one.
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