Enter any two numbers or integers into the calculator to determine the absolute difference between them.

Absolute Difference Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the absolute difference between two numbers.

ABS D = | X – Y |

  • Where ABS D is the absolute difference
  • X is any number or integer
  • Y is any number or integer

What is an absolute difference?

An absolute difference is a measure of the difference between two numbers but expressed as a positive number.

In other words, it’s taking the difference between two values (x-y) and then calculating the absolute value of the result.

How to calculate absolute difference?

Example Problem:

The following example problem outlines the steps and information needed to calculate an absolute difference.

First, determine the first number you want to calculate the absolute difference of. The good thing about an absolute difference is that the end value will be the same no matter which order you do the subtraction in.

For this example, the first number is 6.

Next, determine the second number. In this case, the second number is 10.

Next, subtract the second number from the first number

6 – 10 = -4.

Finally, take the absolute value of the number above to calculate the absolute difference:

ABS = | -4 |

ABS = 4