# Negative binary numbers list

In other words, we can represent one more non-zero negative number than positive, and the magnitude of the largest negative number is one greater than the magnitude of the largest positive number. The disadvantage to 2's compliment encoding is that negative numbers are not easily interpreted by humans e.

A simple algorithm exists for converting a positive number to a 2's compliment-encoded negative number of the same magnitude, and for converting a 2's compliment- encoded negative number to a positive number of the same magnitude.

The algorithm, illustrated in Fig. Back to the list Share: Bit-Slice Design Approach Digital systems have a fixed number of signals that can be used to represent binary numbers. Number wheels illustrating signed magnitude and 2's complement encoding of signed numbers. Examples for converting a positive number to 2's compliment negative number. Important Ideas Digital circuits that perform arithmetic functions often must deal with negative numbers, so a method of representing negative numbers must be defined.

Note that the ones' complement representation of a negative number can be obtained from the sign-magnitude representation merely by bitwise complementing the magnitude. The problems of multiple representations of 0 and the need for the end-around carry are circumvented by a system called two's complement. In two's complement, negative numbers are represented by the bit pattern which is one greater in an unsigned sense than the ones' complement of the positive value.

In two's-complement, there is only one zero, represented as Negating a number whether negative or positive is done by inverting all the bits and then adding one to that result.

Addition of a pair of two's-complement integers is the same as addition of a pair of unsigned numbers except for detection of overflow , if that is done ; the same is true for subtraction and even for N lowest significant bits of a product value of multiplication.

Offset binary , also called excess- K or biased representation , uses a pre-specified number K as a biasing value. A value is represented by the unsigned number which is K greater than the intended value. Biased representations are now primarily used for the exponent of floating-point numbers. The IEEE floating-point standard defines the exponent field of a single-precision bit number as an 8-bit excess field.

The double-precision bit exponent field is an bit excess field; see exponent bias. It also had use for binary-coded decimal numbers as excess In conventional binary number systems, the base, or radix , is 2; thus the rightmost bit represents 2 0 , the next bit represents 2 1 , the next bit 2 2 , and so on. The numbers that can be represented with four bits are shown in the comparison table below. The range of numbers that can be represented is asymmetric. If the word has an even number of bits, the magnitude of the largest negative number that can be represented is twice as large as the largest positive number that can be represented, and vice versa if the word has an odd number of bits.

The following table shows the positive and negative integers that can be represented using four bits. Same table, as viewed from "given these binary bits, what is the number as interpreted by the representation system":. Google's Protocol Buffers "zig-zag encoding" is a system similar to sign-and-magnitude, but uses the least significant bit to represent the sign and has a single representation of zero. This allows a variable-length quantity encoding intended for nonnegative unsigned integers to be used efficiently for signed integers.

Another approach is to give each digit a sign, yielding the signed-digit representation. For instance, in , John Colson advocated reducing expressions to "small numbers", numerals 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. In , Augustin Cauchy also expressed preference for such modified decimal numbers to reduce errors in computation.

The most significant bit determines the sign of the number and is sometimes called the sign bit. The following Python code shows a simple function which will convert an unsigned input integer to a two's complement signed integer using the above logic with bitwise operators:. In two's complement notation, a non-negative number is represented by its ordinary binary representation ; in this case, the most significant bit is 0. Though, the range of numbers represented is not the same as with unsigned binary numbers.

For example, an 8-bit unsigned number can represent the values 0 to The two's complement operation is the additive inverse operation, so negative numbers are represented by the two's complement of the absolute value.

To get the two's complement of a binary number, the bits are inverted, or "flipped", by using the bitwise NOT operation; the value of 1 is then added to the resulting value, ignoring the overflow which occurs when taking the two's complement of 0. The most significant bit is 0, so the pattern represents a non-negative value.

To obtain the two's complement, 1 is added to the result, giving:. The most significant bit is 1, so the value represented is negative. The two's complement of a negative number is the corresponding positive value. The two's complement of zero is zero: Furthermore, the two's complement of the most negative number representable e.

Hence, there appears to be an 'extra' negative number. Then adding a number to its two's complement results in the N lowest bits set to 0 and the carry bit 1, where the latter has the weight reading it as an unsigned binary number of 2 N.

This shortcut allows a person to convert a number to its two's complement without first forming its ones' complement. In computer circuitry, this method is no faster than the "complement and add one" method; both methods require working sequentially from right to left, propagating logic changes. The method of complementing and adding one can be sped up by a standard carry look-ahead adder circuit; the LSB towards MSB method can be sped up by a similar logic transformation. When turning a two's-complement number with a certain number of bits into one with more bits e.

Some processors do this in a single instruction; on other processors, a conditional must be used followed by code to set the relevant bits or bytes. Similarly, when a two's-complement number is shifted to the right, the most-significant bit, which contains magnitude and the sign information, must be maintained. However, when shifted to the left, a 0 is shifted in. These rules preserve the common semantics that left shifts multiply the number by two and right shifts divide the number by two.

Both shifting and doubling the precision are important for some multiplication algorithms. Note that unlike addition and subtraction, width extension and right shifting are done differently for signed and unsigned numbers. With only one exception, starting with any number in two's-complement representation, if all the bits are flipped and 1 added, the two's-complement representation of the negative of that number is obtained.

The two's complement of the minimum number in the range will not have the desired effect of negating the number. This is because a positive value of cannot be represented with an 8-bit signed binary numeral. This phenomenon is fundamentally about the mathematics of binary numbers, not the details of the representation as two's complement.

Mathematically, this is complementary to the fact that the negative of 0 is again 0. For a given number of bits k there is an even number of binary numbers 2 k , taking negatives is a group action of the group of order 2 on binary numbers, and since the orbit of zero has order 1, at least one other number must have an orbit of order 1 for the orders of the orbits to add up to the order of the set.

Thus some other number must be invariant under taking negatives formally, by the orbit-stabilizer theorem. Note that this negative being the same number is detected as an overflow condition since there was a carry into but not out of the most-significant bit.

This can lead to unexpected bugs in that an unchecked implementation of absolute value could return a negative number in the case of the minimum negative. The abs family of integer functions in C typically has this behaviour.

This is also true for Java. The most negative number in two's complement is sometimes called "the weird number," because it is the only exception. Although the number is an exception, it is a valid number in regular two's complement systems. All arithmetic operations work with it both as an operand and unless there was an overflow a result. For example, with eight bits, the unsigned bytes are 0 to Fundamentally, the system represents negative integers by counting backward and wrapping around.