# Larger and Smaller Operators

**Supported platforms:**

**Available since:** Gideros 2017.10

### Description

Operators to return the larger or smaller of two values.

a**<>**b compares 'a' and 'b', returns the larger of them.

a**><**b compares 'a' and 'b', returns the smaller of them.

### Examples

**Simple larger examples**

```
x=a<>b -- faster than x=math.max(a,b)
x=(x-1)<>5 -- decrement x, but don't go below 5
```

**Simple smaller examples**

```
x=a><b -- faster than x=math.min(a,b)
x=(x+1)><15 -- increment x, but don't go above 15
```

**Make sure x is within bounds example**

```
x=(x<>min)><max
```

**Always return the negative of a number**

```
x=-x><x -- faster than -math.abs
```

**Always return the positive of a number**

```
x=-x<>x -- faster than math.abs
```