# Mod()

## Description

FUNCTION: **mod**(*integer1*, *integer2)*

Returns the integer remainder from dividing *integer1* by *integer2*.

However, integer division for the case where either *integer1* or *integer2* is negative is defined in a specific way -- by choosing the largest integer that is less than or equal to the algebraic quotient. If *integer1* and *integer2* are the same sign, then mod() and remainder() are equivalent.

For example, division of -9 by 5 would give -2 by this definition instead of -1. idiv() would return -1. floordiv() would return -2, and so, the mod() function properly goes with the floordiv() function:

- floordiv(
*x*,*y*)**y*+ mod(*x*,*y*) ==>*x*

For positive *y*, mod(*x*,*y*) always returns a positive number less than *y*. For negative *y*, mod(*x*,*y*) always returns a negative number greater than *y*.

mod() is the more 'mathy' definition of a modulus as defined by the following:

*x* mod *y* is defined as *x* - *y**floor(*x*/*y*) where *x*,*y*, every operation is over real numbers.

Related Topics: floordiv(), fmod(), iadd(), idiv(), imul(), isub(), remainder().

## Examples

- > say mod(-9,5)
- You say "1"
- > say mod(-9,-5)
- You say "-4"
- > say mod(17,3)
- You say "2"
- > say mod(18,3)
- You say "0"

## Server Differences

Modulo() is almost the same across TinyMUX, PennMUSH, and TinyMUSH except that TinyMUX supports 64-bits integers on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms while the other two support the native integer size (32-bit or 64-bit depending on the platform).

Another potential confusion is that on TinyMUX, the built-in function is named mod(), and modulo() is an alias. On PennMUSH, the built-in function is modulo(), and mod() is the alias. While, on TinyMUSH, the built-in function is modulo() but mod() is an alias for a different-but-related function, remainder().

Therefore, use modulo() to obtain the same behavior across all three servers.