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# BigDecimal signum() Method in Java

• Last Updated : 04 Dec, 2018

The java.math.BigDecimal.signum() is an inbuilt method in Java that returns the signum function of this BigDecimal. The sign function or signum function is an odd mathematical function that extracts the sign of a real number. In mathematical expressions, the sign function is often represented as sgn.

Syntax:

```public int signum()
```

Parameters: This method does not accepts any parameter.

Return value: This method can return three types of values:

• -1 if this BigDecimal < 0
• 0 if this BigDecimal = 0
• 1 if this BigDecimal is > 0

Below program illustrates the working of the above mentioned method:

Program 1:

 `// Program to demonstrate signum() method of BigDecimal `` ` `import` `java.math.*;`` ` `public` `class` `Gfg {`` ` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``    ``{`` ` `        ``BigDecimal b1 = ``new` `BigDecimal(``"12743"``);``        ``BigDecimal b2 = ``new` `BigDecimal(``"0"``);``        ``BigDecimal b3 = ``new` `BigDecimal(``"-4512"``);`` ` `        ``// Assigning the signum values of  BigDecimal objects b1, b2, b3``        ``// to  int objects i1, i2, i3 respectively``        ``int` `i1 = b1.signum();``        ``int` `i2 = b2.signum();``        ``int` `i3 = b3.signum();`` ` `        ``// Printing i1, i2, i3 values``        ``System.out.println(``"Signum function on "` `+ b1 + ``" is "` `+ i1);``        ``System.out.println(``"Signum function on "` `+ b2 + ``" is "` `+ i2);``        ``System.out.println(``"Signum function on "` `+ b3 + ``" is "` `+ i3);``    ``}``}`
Output:
```Signum function on 12743 is 1
Signum function on 0 is 0
Signum function on -4512 is -1
```

Program 2:

 `// Program to demonstrate signum() method of BigDecimal `` ` `import` `java.math.*;`` ` `public` `class` `Gfg {`` ` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``    ``{`` ` `        ``BigDecimal b1 = ``new` `BigDecimal(``"17845452743"``);``        ``BigDecimal b2 = ``new` `BigDecimal(``"000"``);``        ``BigDecimal b3 = ``new` `BigDecimal(``"-444512"``);`` ` `        ``// Assigning the signum values of  BigDecimal objects b1, b2, b3``        ``// to  int objects i1, i2, i3 respectively``        ``int` `i1 = b1.signum();``        ``int` `i2 = b2.signum();``        ``int` `i3 = b3.signum();`` ` `        ``// Printing i1, i2, i3 values``        ``System.out.println(``"Signum function on "` `+ b1 + ``" is "` `+ i1);``        ``System.out.println(``"Signum function on "` `+ b2 + ``" is "` `+ i2);``        ``System.out.println(``"Signum function on "` `+ b3 + ``" is "` `+ i3);``    ``}``}`
Output:
```Signum function on 17845452743 is 1
Signum function on 0 is 0
Signum function on -444512 is -1
```

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