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The sign of zero

Mafalda Alabort

Joined: Mar 02, 2001
Posts: 24
I compiled and run this code. It seems that 100.0/-0 s positive and 100.0/-0.0 is negative. So there is a negative zero for doubles but not for ints?. Is there any explanation for this?
public class A1{
public static void main(String [] buff){
//double d = 100.0/-0.0; // outputs negative infinity
double d = 100.0/-0; // outputs positive infinity
if(d == Double.NEGATIVE_INFINITY){
Thank you very much
Bala Arul

Joined: Feb 09, 2001
Posts: 29
As an integer -0's binary representation is as same as 0, by taking 2's compliment.
B Arul.
huiying li
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 12, 2001
Posts: 68
You are correct and here is a quote from Java language specification.
"Positive zero and negative zero compare equal; thus the result of the expression 0.0==-0.0 is true and the result of 0.0>-0.0 is false. But other operations can distinguish positive and negative zero; for example, 1.0/0.0 has the value positive infinity, while the value of 1.0/-0.0 is negative infinity."
You should also read the API documentation for Double class method equal().
Hope this helps.

Mafalda Alabort

Joined: Mar 02, 2001
Posts: 24
Thank you Bala and Huiying
I agree. Here's the link:
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