Tip The value returned from Math.Abs is of the same type as the value you pass to it.
So If you pass a Double as the argument to Math.Abs, it also returns a Double.
' Absolute values of integers.
Dim value1 As Integer = -1000
Dim value2 As Integer = 20
Dim abs1 As Integer = Math.Abs(value1)
Dim abs2 As Integer = Math.Abs(value2)
' Absolute values of doubles.
Dim value3 As Double = -100.123
Dim value4 As Double = 20.2
Dim abs3 As Double = Math.Abs(value3)
Dim abs4 As Double = Math.Abs(value4)
Internals. The internal code of Math.Abs depends on the value type. On some types, such as Integer, the function simply tests for a negative number and then negates it.
Also For types such as Decimal and Double, other methods are internally called.
Summary. Computing absolute values of a number is useful in many programs. It is useful even in functions that compute hashes. The .NET Math.Abs function is convenient and well-tested.
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