The = Command Command Summary

Tests if two values are equal.

Command Syntax

value1=value 2

Press the [=] key to enter =.

This command works on all calculators.

1 byte

The = operator compares two values, returning true if they're equal, and false otherwise. It is a basic building block of the conditions used by commands such as If, when(), and While. The results of = and the other relational operators (, >, , <, and ) can be combined with the and, or, xor, and not operators to create more complicated conditions.

It returns a single value for most types of data, and returns false if the two sides are mismatched in type: comparing a single number to a list, for instance, or comparing two lists that are of a different size. The only exception is when comparing two lists or two matrices of the same size: in that case, it compares them element-by-element, and returns a list or matrix of true/false values.

``````:2+2=4
true
:2+2=5
false
:{1,2,3}={1,4,3}
{true  false  true}```
```

If either side or both contains undefined variables, = will wait to return a value unless it's something clearly true for any value of the variable (for instance, x=x). You can do math with the resulting equation (most operations will be applied to both sides), and extract the two halves of it with left() and right().

# Optimization

Testing "If x=true" is redundant in most cases; you can shorten that to "If x". Similarly, "If x=false" can be "If not x".

# Related Commands

• (not equal)
• > (greater than)
• (greater than or equal)
• < (less than)
• (less than or equal)