Emilia Clarke Emilia Clarke - 11 months ago 59
Java Question

Math.abs(Integer) not working, can't convert Integer to int

I'm implementing a Comparator that sorts based on absolute value. All I (think) I need is this single line of code:

public int compare(Integer int1, Integer int2) {
return Math.abs(int1).compareTo(Math.abs(int2));

The error:
'no suitable method found for abs(Integer)

I thought that Java unboxes the Integer object to int?

I tried pulling the int value from the two Integer objects using .intValue(), but that didn't work either. What am I doing wrong?

Answer Source

Math#abs(int) will indeed unbox Integer to int if you pass it as argument, but then it will return result as int which is primitive type, so it doesn't have any methods.

You are probably looking for something like

Integer.compare(Math.abs(int1), int2);


Integer.compare(Math.abs(int1), Math.abs(int2));