The IS>( Command

Command Summary

Increments a variable by 1 and skips the next command if the variable is greater than the value.

Command Syntax


Menu Location

While editing a program, press:

  1. PRGM to enter the PRGM menu
  2. A to choose IS>(, or use arrows

Calculator Compatibility


Token Size

1 byte

The increment and skip if greater than command — IS>( — is a specialized conditional command. It is equivalent to an If conditional, except the next command will be skipped when the condition is true and it has a variable update built-in. However, it is not used very often (if anything, it is often misused as a looping command) because of its obscure name and somewhat limited application.

The IS>( command takes two arguments:

  • A variable, which is limited only to one of the real variables (A-Z or θ).
  • A value, which can be any expression which evaluates to a real number.

When IS>( is executed it adds one to the variable (increments it by one), and compares it to the value. The next command will be skipped if the variable is greater than the value, while the next command will be executed if the variable is less than or equal to the value.

The command IS>(A,B is equivalent to the following code:

:If A≤B

Here are the two main cases where the IS>( command is used:

:Disp "Skipped
  • Initializes A to 7 and then compares to the value
  • 7>6 is true so the display message won't be displayed
:Disp "Not Skipped
  • Initializes B to 1 and then compares to the value
  • 1>2 is false so the display message will be displayed

Note: In addition to both of these cases, there is also the case where the variable and the value are equal to each other. This case is shown below under the 'Advanced Uses' section because it has some added background that goes with it.

Advanced Uses

When you want the skipping feature of the IS>( command to always occur, you just have to use the same variable for both the variable and value arguments of the command:


An undefined error will occur if the variable and/or value doesn't exist before the IS>( command is used, which happens when the DelVar command is used. Consequently, you should not use DelVar with IS>(.

Similar code can be used as a substitute for B+1→B if you don't want to change Ans:


Note that due to the colon after the line, there will be no statement skipped, so you don't have to worry about that.


Because the IS>( command has the variable update built-in, it is smaller than manually incrementing a variable by one along with using an If conditional.

can be

The one caution about this is that if the variable is greater than the value (in this case, '0'), the next command will be skipped. If you don't want the skipping functionality, then you need to make sure that the value is never less than the variable. This is not always possible to do. Also, IS>( is slightly slower than its more normal counterpart.

Related to the example code given, IS>( should always have a command following after it (i.e., it's not the last command in a program) because it will return an error otherwise. If you have no particular code choice, just put an empty line or something meaningless.

Command Timings

Using IS>( to increment a variable is approximately 25% slower than using code like X+1→X. However, it is faster to use IS>( than to construct an If statement to do the same thing.

Note, however, that a quirk in the For( command (see its Optimizations section) will slow down the IS>( command significantly if a closing parenthesis is not used for the For( statement.

Error Conditions

  • ERR:INVALID occurs if this statement is used outside a program.
  • ERR:UNDEFINED is thrown if the variable to be incremented is not defined.
  • ERR:SYNTAX is thrown if there is no next line to skip, or if there is only one next line and it is empty.

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