# Python abs() Function

14 Dec 2018 9:15 am || 0

## What is Python Absolute Value abs() Function?

The abs() function in Python is used for obtaining the absolute value or the positive value of a number.

The syntax is abs(x) where x can be an integer, complex number or a floating number. If the argument x (integral value) is a float or integer, then the resultant absolute value will be an integer or float respectively.

If the argument x (integral value) is a complex number, the return value will only be the magnitude part that can be a float point. For floating number arguments, a floating value is returned.

### Syntax of Python abs() function

``````abs(x)

//where x can be an integer, complex number or a floating number``````

### Parameter of Python abs()

x: integral value for which absolute value will be returned

With the help of a single argument, Python abs() method enables you to find the absolute value of integers, floating numbers as well as the magnitude of complex numbers.

### Return Value of Python abs()

Abs() function returns the absolute value of an integer or a floating number in Python. In case the number you enter is a complex number, abs() will return the magnitude of the number.

Therefore, Return Value For:

• Integer = Abs absolute value of Integer
• Floating Number = Abs absolute value of a floating number
• Complex Number = Magnitude of a complex number

An example of a program to return the absolute value of an integer is as follows-

1) #random integer

``````i = -36
print('The absolute value of -36 is:', abs(i))``````

Output

``The absolute value of -36 is: 36        ``

2) #random floating number

If you wish to find out the absolute value of a floating number, the program remains the same. An example of that is-

``````fn = -3.144
print('The absolute value of -3.144 is:', abs(fn))``````

Output

``The absolute value of -3.144 is: 3.144``

3) #random complex number

If you want to find the magnitude of a complex number, you can follow this example

``````cn = (3 - 5j)
print('The magnitude of 3 - 5j is:', abs(cn))``````

Output

``The magnitude of 3 - 5j is: 5.830951894845301``

### Python Abs() Example

``````print("Absolute Function Program");

#float
float = -119.34
print('Absolute value of integer is:', abs(float))

#integer
int = -199
print('Absolute value of float is:', abs(int))

#complex number
complex = (4 - 4j)
print('Absolute value or Magnitude of complex is:', abs(complex))``````

Output

``````Absolute Function Program
Absolute value of integer is: 119.34
Absolute value of float is: 199
Absolute value or Magnitude of complex is: 5.656854249492381​​​​​​​``````

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