what does 16! mean when working with statistics?

taking a statistics class, and i'm just wondering what it means. I know it means 1x2x3x4 etc up to 16, but WHY?

Update:

What I mean by why is why would anyone ever want to use 1x2x3 etc? in statistics, does it actually count anything or is just something we use for formulas with no explanation?

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  • 9 years ago

    16! means factorial of 16. The symbol "!" known as factorial. The word factorial is a noun. It is come from a word "factor" which means to break in the parts. We also do it in mathematics, the process known as factorization.

    Hence 16! means we are making factor of 16.

    Hope it helps you.

    Source(s): Student of Electronic Engineering.
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