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Why is the Gamma function shifted from the factorial by 1?

I've asked this question in every math class where the teacher has introduced the Gamma function, and never gotten a satisfactory answer. Not only does it seem more natural to extend the factorial ...
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Are all zeros of $\Gamma(s) \pm \Gamma(1-s)$ on a line with real part = $\frac12$ ?

The function $\Gamma(s)$ does not have zeros, but $\Gamma(s)\pm \Gamma(1-s)$ does. Ignoring the real solutions for now and assuming $s \in \mathbb{C}$ then: $\Gamma(s)-\Gamma(1-s)$ yields zeros at: ...
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Sum of binomial coefficients weighted by a lower incomplete regularized gamma function

The following summation turned up in the course of my research: $$S_n=\sum_{k=0}^n {n \choose k}\lambda^k P(k,t)$$ where $P(k,t)=\frac{1}{\Gamma(k)}\int_{0}^t e^{-x}x^{k-1}dx$ is the lower ...
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Can any antidifference (indefinite sum) of a function be expressed in elementary functions and generalized polygamma function if its integral can be expressed in elementary functions?

If the integral or multiplicative integral of a function can be expressed with elementary functions, does it mean its indefinite sum (antidifference) or indefinite product respectively can be ...
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Simplifying the expression involving instances of Gamma function

Is it possible to simplify the following expression involving instances of Gamma function: $$E(p)=\frac{\frac{\Gamma(\frac{p+1}{2})}{\Gamma(\frac{p+2}{2})}} ...