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Hung Chang

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posted 15 years ago

The word unsigned says it all. This means that the sign bit which is the left-most bit (also called high-order bit) is not included in the shift.

**Unsigned Right Shift**

The word unsigned says it all. This means that the sign bit which is the left-most bit (also called high-order bit) is not included in the shift.

Michael Bruesch

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posted 15 years ago

If you mean Shift-Right-With-Zero-Fill, the >>> operator, then that's probably a trick question. If you shift an integer 0 or any multiple of 32 bits to the right, you will get the same number again. Take this example:

int x = -1;

x = x >>> 0; // x is still -1

x = x >>> 32 // x is still -1

And so on. Now honestly I'm not sure why you get back to the same number after 32, unless it somehow subtracts the highest multiple of 32 from the bit shift number, then shifts??? Dangit, now I have a question...

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int x = -1;

x = x >>> 0; // x is still -1

x = x >>> 32 // x is still -1

And so on. Now honestly I'm not sure why you get back to the same number after 32, unless it somehow subtracts the highest multiple of 32 from the bit shift number, then shifts??? Dangit, now I have a question...

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Michael Bruesch

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posted 15 years ago

Alright, found it.

That's why a 32 shift distance is the same as a 0 shift distance.

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The number of bits shifted is always in the range modulus 32 for an int value, and in the range modulus 64 for a long value.

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That's why a 32 shift distance is the same as a 0 shift distance.

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posted 15 years ago

The key is "always"

Unsigned Right Shift on a Negative Integer

a Positive Integer.

The answer is false.

Try this:

output = -64

According to RHE, "shifts of ints use only the low-order 5 bits". This can produce an anomalous result.

Basically you do modulo on the right operand, in this case 32 % 32 = 0, so no shift takes place and the result is still negative.

Unsigned Right Shift on a Negative Integer

**always**returnsa Positive Integer.

The answer is false.

Try this:

output = -64

According to RHE, "shifts of ints use only the low-order 5 bits". This can produce an anomalous result.

Basically you do modulo on the right operand, in this case 32 % 32 = 0, so no shift takes place and the result is still negative.

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