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While many numerical computations can’t be carried out in integers,
Octave does support basic operations like addition and multiplication
on integers. The operators `+`

, `-`

, `.*`

, and `./`

work on integers of the same type. So, it is possible to add two 32 bit
integers, but not to add a 32 bit integer and a 16 bit integer.

When doing integer arithmetic one should consider the possibility of
underflow and overflow. This happens when the result of the computation
can’t be represented using the chosen integer type. As an example it is
not possible to represent the result of *10 - 20* when using
unsigned integers. Octave makes sure that the result of integer
computations is the integer that is closest to the true result. So, the
result of *10 - 20* when using unsigned integers is zero.

When doing integer division Octave will round the result to the nearest
integer. This is different from most programming languages, where the
result is often floored to the nearest integer. So, the result of
`int32 (5) ./ int32 (8)`

is `1`

.

- Function File:
**idivide***(*`x`,`y`,`op`) Integer division with different rounding rules.

The standard behavior of integer division such as

is to round the result to the nearest integer. This is not always the desired behavior and`a`./`b``idivide`

permits integer element-by-element division to be performed with different treatment for the fractional part of the division as determined by the`op`flag.`op`is a string with one of the values:`"fix"`

Calculate

with the fractional part rounded towards zero.`a`./`b``"round"`

Calculate

with the fractional part rounded towards the nearest integer.`a`./`b``"floor"`

Calculate

with the fractional part rounded towards negative infinity.`a`./`b``"ceil"`

Calculate

with the fractional part rounded towards positive infinity.`a`./`b`

If

`op`is not given it defaults to`"fix"`

. An example demonstrating these rounding rules isidivide (int8 ([-3, 3]), int8 (4), "fix") ⇒ int8 ([0, 0]) idivide (int8 ([-3, 3]), int8 (4), "round") ⇒ int8 ([-1, 1]) idivide (int8 ([-3, 3]), int8 (4), "floor") ⇒ int8 ([-1, 0]) idivide (int8 ([-3, 3]), int8 (4), "ceil") ⇒ int8 ([0, 1])

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