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Java signum() method with Examples

  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 09 Apr, 2018

The java.lang.Math.signum() returns the Sign function of a value passed to it as argument. The signum() function returns the following values depending on the argument passed to it:

  • If the argument passed is greater than zero, then the signum() function will return 1.0.
  • If the argument passed is equal to zero, then the signum() function will return 0.
  • If the argument passed is less than zero, then the signum() function will return -1.0.

Note: If the argument passed is NaN, then the result is NaN. If the argument passed is positive zero or negative zero then the result will be same as that of the argument.

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Syntax:

public static double signum(double d)
Parameter :
a : the value whose signum function is to be returned.
Return :
This method returns the signum function value of 
the argument passed to it.

Example 1 : To show working of java.lang.Math.signum() method.






// Java program to demonstrate working
// of java.lang.Math.signum() method
import java.lang.Math;
  
class Gfg {
  
    // driver code
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
        // when the argument is greater than zero
        double a = 30;
        System.out.println(Math.signum(a));
  
        // when the argument is equals to zero
        a = 0;
        System.out.println(Math.signum(a));
  
        // when the argument is less than zero
        a = -30;
        System.out.println(Math.signum(a));
    }
}

Output:

1.0
0
-1.0

Example 2 : To show working of java.lang.Math.signum() method when argument is NaN.




// Java program to demonstrate working
// of java.lang.Math.signum() method
import java.lang.Math; // importing java.lang package
  
public class GFG {
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
  
        double nan = Double.NaN;
        double result;
  
        // Here argument is NaN, output will be NaN
        result = Math.signum(nan);
        System.out.println(result);
  
        // Here argument is positive zero
        result = Math.signum(0);
        System.out.println(result);
  
        // Here argument is negative zero
        result = Math.signum(-0);
        System.out.println(result);
    }
}

Output:

NaN
0.0
0.0



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