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

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

1. ## 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?
Last edited by CuriousOne; - 10th May 2022 at 10:02.

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

Code:
```ADCIN Baseline
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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## 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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## Re: How to detect variable going below zero, without using PBPL ?

Code:
```Zero VAR BYTE
Variable VAR BYTE
OtherVar VAR BYTE

IF Variable < Zero THEN
Zero = [some newly calculated value]
ENDIF
OtherVar = Variable - Zero```
Make up your own rules!

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

But if ADC value gets below 150, then things get bad.
what does get bad mean ?

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

Variable value should go to negative, but since we have no negative, it goes into 65xxx range

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

Variable value should go to negative, but since we have no negative, it goes into 65xxx range
only if you interpret it incorrectly and ignore the sign bit

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

So by checking the last bit, I can know, whenever variable went into negative world, right?

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

That is what post #3 says. Henrik explained it well.

Ioannis

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

Whether signed or unsigned, 0 = 0.
With an Unsigned BYTE (let's start simple), the range is 0 to 255. From 255, add 1 and you get 0 again, as the BYTE rolls over.
With a Signed BYTE, the range is -128 to +127. Think in terms of binary: 127d = %0111 1111. Make sense so far?

Working with a Signed BYTE, if you calculate: "0 - 1 =", you get %1111 1111 which equals -1.
With an Unsigned BYTE, if you calculate: "0 - 1 =" you still get %1111 1111, but it equals 255.

0d = %0000 0000
1d = %0000 0001
-1d = %1111 1111
-2d = %1111 1110

Sometimes just looking at the representations enables the light bulb to turn on.

Now if we're working at the 16-bit WORD level:
0d = %0000 0000 0000 0000
1d = %0000 0000 0000 0001
-1d = %1111 1111 1111 1111
-2d = %1111 1111 1111 1110

See the trend?? I hope this helps you figure some things out.

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

its called two's compliment , no magic involved

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two%27s_complement

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