# Is -0 a number?

Reproducing an old answer of mine from Quora.

Is -0 a number? Yes it is, and it is equal to 0.

Interestingly though, signed zeros are a necessary representation in computing because of rounding off errors and limitations with floating point precision. In certain classes of computations, the sign of a number before it was rounded off to zero is of practical importance.

Here’s an example from the Wikipedia article on signed zeros:

Informally, one may use the notation “−0” for a negative value that was rounded to zero. This notation may be useful when a negative sign is significant; for example, when tabulating Celsiu temperatures, where a negative sign means below freezing.

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