Factoring Factorials

January 24, 2014

Today’s exercise sounds, from the title, like another exercise involving prime numbers and integer factorization, and it is, but it’s really a puzzle from the realm of recreational mathematics: Given a positive integer n, compute the prime factorization, including multiplicities, of n! = 1 · 2 · … · n. You should be able to handle very large n, which means that you should not compute the factorial before computing the factors, as the intermediate result will be extremely large.

Your task is to write the function described above. When you are finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or to post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.

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