(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Give a big-O estimate of the product of the first n odd

positive integers.

2. Relevant equations

Big-O notation:

f(x) is O(g(x)) if there are constants C and k such that

|f(x)| ≤ C|g(x)| whenever x > k.

3. The attempt at a solution

The product of the first n odd integers can be given by:

[tex]P(n)=1\times 3\times 5\times 7\times...\times (2n-1)[/tex]

For n > 0, no element in the above sequence will be greater than (2n-1). Thus:

[tex]1\times 3\times 5\times 7\times...\times (2n-1)\leq (2n-1)\times (2n-1)...\times (2n-1)=(2n-1)^n[/tex]

So:

P(n) ≤ (2n-1)^{n}whenever n > 0

I could stop here and say that

P(n) is O((2n-1)^{n})

But to simplify I think I could consider that:

P(n) ≤ (2n-1)^{n}≤ (2n)^{n}

Thus,

P(n) is O((2n)^{n})

Is this reasoning correct?

Thank you in advance.

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