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Two's complement significance

Sridevi Shrikanth
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What is the significance of representing number in two's complement?
Steve Fahlbusch

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It allows for all bits to be represented while eliminating the embarrassing problem of having a positive and negative zero.
for example: an 8 bit number allows values of -128 to 127.

[This message has been edited by Steve Fahlbusch (edited January 23, 2001).]
Madhav Lakkapragada
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Steve is correct.
For more discussion on this please refer to a past
and also a discussion on Signed and Unsigned numbers - which elaborates the discussion.
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