
Caché MultiValue Basic Reference
EQS



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Performs an equality comparison on elements of two dynamic arrays.
Synopsis
The
EQS function compares each corresponding numeric element from two dynamic arrays for equality. It returns a dynamic array of boolean values, in which each element comparison is represented by a 1 (equal) or a 0 (not equal).
EQS converts numeric values to canonical form, removing signs and leading and trailing zeros, before making the comparison.
EQS does not convert numeric strings to canonical form before making the comparison. If an element is missing, or has a null string value or a nonnumeric value,
EQS assigns it a value of 0 for the purpose of this comparison.
For two elements to be compared, they must be on the same dynamic array level. For example, you cannot compare a value mark (@VM) dynamic array element to a subvalue mark (@SM) dynamic array element.
If the two dynamic arrays have different numbers of elements, the returned dynamic array has the number of elements of the longer dynamic array. By default, unmatched elements return 0 (not equal). That is, the
EQS comparison of each element in the longer dynamic array that has no corresponding element in the shorter dynamic array always returns 0 (not equal), even when the value of the longer array element is 0 or the null string, or is a missing element within the dynamic array. You can also use the
REUSE function to define behavior when specifying two dynamic arrays with different numbers of elements.
The
EQS function is the functional opposite of the
NES function.
The following example uses the
EQS function to return an equality comparison for each of the elements in dynamic arrays
a and
b:
a=11:@VM:22:@VM:33:@VM:44
b=11:@VM:24:@VM:0:@VM:44
PRINT EQS(a,b)
! returns 1ý0ý0ý1
The following example compares various element values to 0:
a=0:@VM:0:@VM:0:@VM:0
b="":@VM:0.00:@VM:@VM:"foo"
PRINT EQS(a,b)
! returns 1ý1ý1ý1