
Well, considering the largest negative integer tends to infinity…






Undefined, tending to infinity???





So which is bigger: 1 or 2?
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This was the first question that crossed my mind. According to the interweb, it's the size of the absolute value.
Maybe it really depends on what the numbers are representing. On a graph, (2,2) is a greater distance from the origin than (1,1).
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Arithmetic Overflow.





Smallest positive integer = 1
Largest negative integer = 1
Difference is 2.





That was my first shot as well, but the answers above cast a big doubt. I am too naive.





Dat's de bunny!
Surprising how many people think 2 is bigger than 1.
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Also what I got, mostly as I've had to solve this puzzle in multiple math classes, and was usually the only person to get it right (sadly).
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I agree with you.
Here's what chatGPT 3.5 says:
ChatGPT: There isn't a smallest positive integer or largest negative integer in the mathematical sense, as integers extend infinitely in both positive and negative directions. The set of integers includes all whole numbers, both positive and negative, and extends infinitely in both directions.
If you're asking about the difference between the smallest positive integer (1) and the largest negative integer (which doesn't exist), it's not a welldefined mathematical operation. The concept of the "largest negative integer" doesn't have a meaningful value in standard arithmetic.
If you have a specific range or context in mind, please provide more details so I can assist you better.





Largest negative. I had not noticed that. Reading correctly is half the battle.
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This person is absolutely correct. In the field of mathematics, the largest negative integer is 1. Therefore 1  (1) would indeed be 2.





My brain went to 2s complement, and also considers largest negative int to be 128 for 8 bits, 32768 for 16 bits. As someone else said, my creditors consider think I owe them a larger amount if it's $32,768 instead of $1.
But then my brain fried.... I know it would over or underflow, but exactly how? Hmm.... I've spent so many years programming to avoid such overflows that I no longer remember. Does it depend on the compiler?
C# example:
Int16 a = 1;
Int16 b = 32768;
Int16 c = (Int16)(a  b);
C winds up being 32767, which means it wound up doing the 16 bit equivalent of (0001  1000) = 1001 in binary. The LSB being one makes sense to me. The MSB being one is not so obvious.





It seems a lot read it wrongly... The art of understanding a question...
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From a comp sci and data representation perspective, yes. Not sure about the math perspective.
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From a math perspective, zero is neither positive nor negative: Negative number  Wikipedia[^]
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It can be positive, negative or unsigned depending on the representation and how it is used. Fnu





As a particular representation, perhaps. But what about as a pure concept?





I can see one possible definition mathematically.
In Number Theory a Number Line starts with the sequence 0,1,2...
That allows one to define addition.
At this point there is no 'positive' because there is nothing but that. So no categorization is possible.
To define subtraction one must then add to the above Number Line with the following sequence 1, 2, ...
So in terms of categorization I can certainly see positive including zero where negative does not.
That said however in googling certainly there are many answers addressing Number Theory that state that zero is neither positive nor negative.





1  (1) = 1+1 = 2
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Yours is the answer I liked best.
Look at what chatGPT 3.5 says:
ChatGPT: There isn't a smallest positive integer or largest negative integer in the mathematical sense, as integers extend infinitely in both positive and negative directions. The set of integers includes all whole numbers, both positive and negative, and extends infinitely in both directions.
If you're asking about the difference between the smallest positive integer (1) and the largest negative integer (which doesn't exist), it's not a welldefined mathematical operation. The concept of the "largest negative integer" doesn't have a meaningful value in standard arithmetic.
If you have a specific range or context in mind, please provide more details so I can assist you better.



