# SIGN Function (DAX)

Determines the sign of a number, the result of a calculation, or a value in a column. The function returns 1 if the number is positive, 0 (zero) if the number is zero, or -1 if the number is negative.

## Syntax

```
SIGN(<number>)
```

## Parameters

Term |
Definition |
---|---|

number |
Any real number, a column that contains numbers, or an expression that evaluates to a number. |

## Return Value

A whole number. The possible return values are 1, 0, and -1.

Return Value |
Description |
---|---|

1 |
The number is positive |

0 |
The number is zero |

-1 |
The number is negative |

## Example

The following formula returns the sign of the result of the expression that calculates sale price minus cost.

```
=SIGN( ([Sale Price] - [Cost]) )
```