# Python | Decimal compare_total() method

• Last Updated : 05 Sep, 2019

Decimal#compare_total() : compare_total() is a Decimal class method which compares the two Decimal values using their abstract representation rather than their numerical value.

```Syntax:
Decimal.compare_total()

Parameter:
Decimal values

Return:
1  - if a > b
-1 - if a < b
0  - if a = b

```

Code #1 : Example for compare_total() method

 `# Python Program explaining ``# compare_total() method`` ` `# loading decimal library``from` `decimal ``import` `*`` ` ` ` `# Initializing a decimal value``a ``=` `Decimal(``-``1``)`` ` `b ``=` `Decimal(``'0.142857'``)`` ` `# printing Decimal values``print` `(``"Decimal value a : "``, a)``print` `(``"Decimal value b : "``, b)`` ` ` ` `# Using Decimal.compare_total() method``print` `(``"\n\nDecimal a with compare_total() method : "``, a.compare_total(a))`` ` `print` `(``"Decimal a with compare_total() method : "``, a.compare_total(b))`` ` `print` `(``"Decimal b with compare_total() method : "``, b.compare_total(a))`

Output :

```Decimal value a :  -1
Decimal value b :  0.142857

Decimal a with compare_total() method :  0
Decimal a with compare_total() method :  -1
Decimal b with compare_total() method :  1

```

Code #2 : Example for compare_total() method

 `# Python Program explaining ``# compare_total() method`` ` `# loading decimal library``from` `decimal ``import` `*`` ` ` ` `# Initializing a decimal value``a ``=` `Decimal(``'-3.14'``)`` ` `b ``=` `Decimal(``'321e + 5'``)`` ` `# printing Decimal values``print` `(``"Decimal value a : "``, a)``print` `(``"Decimal value b : "``, b)`` ` ` ` `# Using Decimal.compare_total() method``print` `(``"\n\nDecimal a with compare_total() method : "``, a.compare_total(a))`` ` `print` `(``"Decimal a with compare_total() method : "``, a.compare_total(b))`` ` `print` `(``"Decimal b with compare_total() method : "``, b.compare_total(a))`

Output :

```Decimal value a :  -3.14
Decimal value b :  3.21E+7

Decimal a with compare_total() method :  0
Decimal a with compare_total() method :  -1
Decimal b with compare_total() method :  1
```

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