I would like to make a substitution like the following

(-3 + n)!/.(-x_Integer + n)!:>a

where I expect a to be the output. Unfortunately, Mathematica 10 just returns

(-3 + n)!

I even tried

(-3 + n)!/.Factorial[Plus[-x_Integer,n]]:>a

And the result is still

(-3 + n)!

What am I doing wrong? How to make this substitution work?

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    $\begingroup$ What does MatchQ[-3, -x_Integer] tell you? $\endgroup$ – Marius Ladegård Meyer Oct 19 '16 at 15:11
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    $\begingroup$ It works if you leave out the minus, i.e. (-3 + n)!/.Factorial[Plus[x_Integer,n]]:>a because Mathematica recognizes the negative integer as integer too. If you only want negative values to match, you could do x_?(IntegerQ[#]&&Negative[#]&) $\endgroup$ – AndreasP Oct 19 '16 at 15:11
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, good to know! Guess I'll just do /. (x_Integer + n)! /; x < 0:>a. $\endgroup$ – Kagaratsch Oct 19 '16 at 15:18

When having problems with a replacement rule, use FullForm to understand the patterns involved


(*  Factorial[Plus[-3,n]]  *)


(*  Factorial[Plus[n,Times[-1,Pattern[x,Blank[Integer]]]]]  *)

You can use


(*  {a,a}  *)

Or, if the rule is only to apply for negative integers then use


(*  {a,(3+n)!}  *)

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