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abs

(PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7, PHP 8)

absAbsolute value

Description

abs ( mixed $number ) : int|float

Returns the absolute value of number.

Parameters

number

The numeric value to process

Return Values

The absolute value of number. If the argument number is of type float, the return type is also float, otherwise it is int (as float usually has a bigger value range than int).

Examples

Example #1 abs() example

<?php
echo abs(-4.2); // 4.2 (double/float)
echo abs(5);    // 5 (integer)
echo abs(-5);   // 5 (integer)
?>

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eep2004 at ukr dot net
2 days ago
<?php
echo 'PHP '.PHP_VERSION.'<br>';

$qty = 1000;
$arr = array();
for (
$i = 0; $i < $qty; $i++){
   
$arr[] = rand(-100, 100);
}

$start = microtime(true);
for (
$i = 0; $i < $qty; $i++){
    foreach (
$arr as $v){
       
$v = abs($v);
    }
}
echo
number_format(microtime(true) - $start, 4).'<br>';

$start = microtime(true);
for (
$i = 0; $i < $qty; $i++){
    foreach (
$arr as $v){
        if (
$v < 0) $v = abs($v);
    }
}
echo
number_format(microtime(true) - $start, 4).'<br>';

$start = microtime(true);
for (
$i = 0; $i < $qty; $i++){
    foreach (
$arr as $v){
        if (
$v < 0) $v *= -1;
    }
}
echo
number_format(microtime(true) - $start, 4).'<br>';
?>
Result:
PHP 7.1.33
0.0910
0.0710
0.0550

Conclusion: better to check before using the feature that the number is less than zero. Even better use multiplication by -1 than this function.
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