# ABS

Returns the absolute value of a number.

## Syntax

ABS(<number>)


### Parameters

Term Definition
number The number for which you want the absolute value.

## Return value

A decimal number.

## Remarks

The absolute value of a number is a decimal number, whole or decimal, without its sign. You can use the ABS function to ensure that only non-negative numbers are returned from expressions when nested in functions that require a positive number.

## Example

The following example returns the absolute value of the difference between the list price and the dealer price, which you might use in a new calculated column, DealerMarkup.

= ABS([DealerPrice]-[ListPrice])