Roughly speaking, this means that most numbers have about this number of distinct prime factors.
A more precise version states that for any real-valued function ψ(n) that tends to infinity as n tends to infinity
or more traditionally
for almost all (all but an infinitesimal proportion of) integers. That is, let g(x) be the number of positive integers n less than x for which the above inequality fails: then g(x)/x converges to zero as x goes to infinity.
The same results are true of Ω(n), the number of prime factors of n counted with multiplicity. This theorem is generalized by the Erdős–Kac theorem, which shows that ω(n) is essentially normally distributed.
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