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# abs(+Number, -Result)

Unifies the absolute value of Number with Result.
*Number*
- A number.
*Result*
- A variable or a number.

## Description

This predicate is used by the ECLiPSe compiler to expand evaluable
arithmetic expressions. So the call to abs(Number, Result) is
equivalent to
Result is abs(Number)

which should be preferred for portability.
Number and Result have to be of the same type.

In coroutining mode, if Number is uninstantiated, the call to abs/2 is
delayed until this variable is instantiated.

### Modes and Determinism

### Exceptions

*(4) instantiation fault *
- Number is not instantiated (non-coroutining mode only).
*(5) type error *
- Result and Number are numbers of different types.
*(24) number expected *
- Number is not of a numeric type.
*(24) number expected *
- Result is neither a number nor a variable.

## Examples

Success:
abs(1, 1).
abs(-5, Result). (gives Result = 5)
abs(-6.2, Result). (gives Result = 6.2)
Fail:
abs(1, 0).
Error:
abs(A, 6). (Error 4).
abs(1, 1.0). (Error 5).
abs(-1.0, 1). (Error 5).
abs(4 + 2, 6). (Error 24).
abs(1, r). (Error 24).

## See Also

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