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abs

(PHP 4, PHP 5)

absAbsolute value

Description

number abs ( mixed $number )

Returns the absolute value of number.

Parameters

number

The numeric value to process

Return Values

The absolute value of number. If the argument number is of type float, the return type is also float, otherwise it is integer (as float usually has a bigger value range than integer).

Examples

Example #1 abs() example

<?php
echo abs(-4.2); // 4.2 (double/float)
echo abs(5);    // 5 (integer)
echo abs(-5);   // 5 (integer)
?>

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User Contributed Notes 3 notes

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alex.khimich.org
10 months ago
Few ways to convert values to negative
<?php

// Multiplying by "-1"
$v = -1 * abs($v);

// Using ternary operator
$v = $v <= 0 ? $v : -$v;

?>
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Ister
6 years ago
[*EDIT* by danbrown AT php DOT net: Merged user's corrected code with previous post content.]


jeremys indicated one thing - there is no sgn function wich actually seems a bit strange for me. Of course it is as simple as possible, but it is usefull and it is a standard math function needed occasionally.

Well, I have solved this function in a bit different matter:

<?php

function sgn($liczba)
{
    if(
$liczba>0)
       
$liczba=1;
    else if(
$liczba<0)
       
$liczba=-1;
    else if(!
is_numeric($liczba))
       
$liczba=null;
    else
       
$liczba=0;
    return
$liczba;
}

?>

The difference is that it returns null when the argument isn't a number at all.
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svein dot tjonndal at gmail dot com
3 years ago
If you don't have/want GMP and are working with large numbers/currencies:

<?php
function mb_abs($number)
{
  return
str_replace('-','',$number);
}
?>

No need to worry about encoding, as your numbers should all be basic (ANSI) strings.
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