How to detect variable going below zero, without using PBPL ?


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    Default How to detect variable going below zero, without using PBPL ?

    Hello again

    is there any way to avoid getting 65xxx numbers instead of negative numbers, when X-Y and Y is > X ?
    I know, that PBPL can do it, but I don't want to use 18 series.

    So maybe there is a way, instead of 0-65535, to have range of -32768 +32767 ?
    or any other trick, that if resulting variable is going below zero, it to become equal to zero?
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    Default Re: How to detect variable going below zero, without using PBPL ?

    what have you tried ?
    in what way does it not provide a correct result?

    signed divides, multiplies and shifts need proper handling of the sign bit
    otherwise as long as the vars match in type signed integer math works as expected
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    Default Re: How to detect variable going below zero, without using PBPL ?

    It depends on what you're doing with the number(s).
    If your displaying them using LCDOUT/SEROUT/HSEROUT/ARRAYWRITE you can use the SDEC modifier to display the value 65535 as -1.

    If you're doing further math with the numbers you need check the highest bit, if it's set the value is negative and you can use the ABS operator to retrieve the actual value, do whatever needs done (like a division) and then restore the sign.
    Code:
    X VAR WORD
    Sign VAR BIT
    
    X = -5000
    HSEROUT["Raw: ", DEC X, "    Signed: ", SDEC X, 13]
    
    Sign = X.15    ' Preserve sign
    X = ABS(X) / 5   ' Divide absolute value
    X.15 = Sign   ' Restore sign
    
    HSEROUT[SDEC X, 13]
    If all you want to do is cap the value at 0 then
    Code:
    IF X.15 THEN X = 0

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    Default Re: How to detect variable going below zero, without using PBPL ?

    I'm helping some fellow students to build an extinction meter.
    There's ADC reading, and based on liquid passed in the system, light transmission, compared to reference, might increase or decrease.
    So idea is, that they flow thru the "reference" liquid, ADC is read and that value is used as offset, which is deducted form further ADC readings, to get the info, what's going on.

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    Default Re: How to detect variable going below zero, without using PBPL ?

    Code:
    ADCIN Baseline
    ADCIN Reference
    IF Reference < Baseline THEN
      'Sign = negative
      'Use subtraction in calculation
      'Denote a reduction
    ELSE
      'Sign = positive
      'Use addition in calculation
      'Denote an increase
    ENDIF
    Another possibility is use 128 = 0. If ADC Value < 128, treat as negative... I've created my own positive/negative methods that don't follow the standardized Signed Variable format. The math was easier my way for what I was doing. Just some thoughts that might spur ideas.

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    Default Re: How to detect variable going below zero, without using PBPL ?

    It's not ADC value reference that causes problems.
    Here's the explanation.

    Say ADC changes from 100 to 200 and "middle" point is being 150.
    So to have zero at my system variable output (which I later display both on screen and write to EEPROM), I'm deducting 150 from the input ADC value, to get zero. In case when ADC reading increases, than all is good, final variable value changes from 0 to 50, that's good. But if ADC value gets below 150, then things get bad.

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