# Least common multiple

JavaScript, Math, Algorithm, Recursion · Dec 28, 2020

Calculates the least common multiple of two or more numbers.

- Use the greatest common divisor (GCD) formula and the fact that
`lcm(x, y) = x * y / gcd(x, y)`

to determine the least common multiple. - The GCD formula uses recursion.

```
const lcm = (...arr) => {
const gcd = (x, y) => (!y ? x : gcd(y, x % y));
const _lcm = (x, y) => (x * y) / gcd(x, y);
return [...arr].reduce((a, b) => _lcm(a, b));
};
```

```
lcm(12, 7); // 84
lcm(...[1, 3, 4, 5]); // 60
```