Project Euler: Problem 20

March 22, 2012

(This article was first published on We think therefore we R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

n! means n x (n – 1) x … x 3 x 2 x 1
For example, 10! = 10 x 9 x … x 3 x 2 x 1 = 3628800,
and the sum of the digits in the number 10! is 3 + 6 + 2 + 8 + 8 + 0 + 0 = 27.
Find the sum of the digits in the number 100!

The approach to this problem is quite similar to problem 16 which we can see here. We just need to deal with a really large number here. So, GMP again to the rescue.


x <- factorialZ(100)

sum(as.numeric(unlist(strsplit(as.character(x), split=””))))
# as.character(x) coverts the big number into a string
# strsplit() extracts individual elements of the string. This can be ensured by using the split = “” argument, which splits the string one element at a time
# strsplit() returns a list. To access the elements of this list, use unlist()
# convert the individual characters to numeric using as.numeric()
# sum the elements

Ans: 648

To leave a comment for the author, please follow the link and comment on their blog: We think therefore we R. offers daily e-mail updates about R news and tutorials on topics such as: Data science, Big Data, R jobs, visualization (ggplot2, Boxplots, maps, animation), programming (RStudio, Sweave, LaTeX, SQL, Eclipse, git, hadoop, Web Scraping) statistics (regression, PCA, time series, trading) and more...

If you got this far, why not subscribe for updates from the site? Choose your flavor: e-mail, twitter, RSS, or facebook...

Comments are closed.


Never miss an update!
Subscribe to R-bloggers to receive
e-mails with the latest R posts.
(You will not see this message again.)

Click here to close (This popup will not appear again)