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# Check if a number is positive, negative or zero using bit operators

• Difficulty Level : Medium
• Last Updated : 23 Feb, 2021

Given a number N, check if it is positive, negative or zero without using conditional statements.
Examples:

```Input : 30
Output : 30 is positive

Input : -20
Output : -20 is negative

Input: 0
Output: 0 is zero```

The signed shift n>>31 converts every negative number into -1 and every other into 0.
When we do a -n>>31, if it is a positive number then it will return -1 as we are doing -n>>31 and the vice versa when we do for a negative number.
But when we do for 0 then n>>31 and -n>>31 both returns 0, so we get a formula:

1 + (n>>31) – (-n>>31)

..1) when n is negative
1 +(-1)-0=0
..2) when n is positive:
1+0-(-1)=2
..3) when n is 0:
1+0-0=1
So we know it returns 0 when it is a negative number, it returns 1 when it is zero, returns 2 when it is a positive number.
So to not use if statements we store at 0th index “negative”, 1st index “zero” and at 2nd index “positive”, and print according to it.

## CPP

 `// CPP program to find if a number is``// positive, negative or zero using``// bit wise operators.``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `// function to return 1 if it is zero``// returns 0 if it is negative``// returns 2 if it is positive``int` `index(``int` `i)``{``    ``return` `1 + (i >> 31) - (-i >> 31);``}` `void` `check(``int` `n)``{``    ``// string array to store all kinds of number``    ``string s[] = { ``"negative"``, ``"zero"``, ``"positive"` `};` `    ``// function call to check the sign of number``    ``int` `val = index(n);` `    ``cout << n << ``" is "` `<< s[val] << endl;``}` `// driver program to test the above function``int` `main()``{``    ``check(30);``    ``check(-20);``    ``check(0);``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java program to find if a number is``// positive, negative or zero using``// bit wise operators.``class` `GFG {``    ` `    ``// function to return 1 if it is zero``    ``// returns 0 if it is negative``    ``// returns 2 if it is positive``    ``static` `int` `index(``int` `i)``    ``{``        ``return` `1` `+ (i >> ``31``) - (-i >> ``31``);``    ``}` `    ``static` `void` `check(``int` `n)``    ``{``        ` `        ``// string array to store all kinds``        ``// of number``        ``String s[] = { ``"negative"``, ``"zero"``,``                              ``"positive"` `};` `        ``// function call to check the sign``        ``// of number``        ``int` `val = index(n);` `        ``System.out.println(n + ``" is "` `+ s[val]);``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``    ``{``        ``check(``30``);``        ``check(-``20``);``        ``check(``0``);``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Anant Agarwal.`

## Python3

 `# Python 3 program to``# find if a number is``# positive, negative``# or zero using``# bit wise operators.` `# function to return 1 if it is zero``# returns 0 if it is negative``# returns 2 if it is positive``def` `index(i):` `    ``return` `1` `+` `(i >> ``31``) ``-` `(``-``i >> ``31``)`  `def` `check(n):` `    ``# string array to store all kinds of number``    ``s ``=` `"negative"``, ``"zero"``, ``"positive"` `    ``# function call to check the sign of number``    ``val ``=` `index(n)` `    ``print``(n,``"is"``,s[val])`  `# driver program to``# test the above function``check(``30``)``check(``-``20``)``check(``0``)``    ` `# This code is contributed by``# Smitha Dinesh Semwal`

## C#

 `// C# program to find if a number is``// positive, negative or zero using``// bit wise operators.``using` `System;` `class` `GFG {``    ` `    ``// function to return 1 if it is zero``    ``// returns 0 if it is negative``    ``// returns 2 if it is positive``    ``static` `int` `index(``int` `i)``    ``{``        ``return` `1 + (i >> 31) - (-i >> 31);``    ``}``     ` `    ``static` `void` `check(``int` `n)``    ``{``        ` `        ``// string array to store all kinds of number``        ``String []s = { ``"negative"``, ``"zero"``, ``"positive"` `};``     ` `        ``// function call to check the sign of number``        ``int` `val = index(n);``     ` `        ``Console.WriteLine(n + ``" is "` `+ s[val]);``    ``}``    ` `    ``//Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()``    ``{``        ``check(30);``        ``check(-20);``        ``check(0);``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Anant Agarwal.`

## PHP

 `> 31) -``               ``(-``\$i` `>> 31);``}` `function` `check(``\$n``)``{``    ` `    ``// string array to store``    ``// all kinds of number``    ``\$s` `= ``array``(``"negative"``, ``"zero"``, ``"positive"` `);` `    ``// function call to check``    ``// the sign of number``    ``\$val` `= index(``\$n``);` `    ``echo` `\$n``, ``" is "``, ``\$s``[``\$val``], ``"\n"``;``}` `    ``// Driver Code``    ``check(30);``    ``check(-20);``    ``check(0);` `// This code is contributed by Ajit``?>`

## Javascript

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Output:

```30 is positive
-20 is negative
0 is zero```

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