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    Absolute Value

    Does |x - |y-z|| = |x - y + z|?

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    Re: Absolute Value

    |x - |y-z|| \ne |x - y + z| in general. Example take x=3, y=1, z=2 then we have |3 - |1-2|| = |3-(2-1)|=|3-2+1| \ne |3-1+2|
    Can you say in general under what condition |x - |y-z|| = |x - y + z| true?
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    Re: Absolute Value

    Can it be simplified then? Basically, I trying to determine if |x - |y-z|| = ||x-y| -z|
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    Re: Absolute Value

    Quote Originally Posted by jzellt View Post
    Does |x - |y-z|| = |x - y + z|?

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    Remember that \displaystyle \begin{align*} |X| = X \end{align*} ONLY if \displaystyle \begin{align*} X \geq 0 \end{align*}.

    Here you are wanting \displaystyle \begin{align*} \left| x - |y - z| \right| = \left| x - \left( y - z \right) \right| = \left| x - y + z \right| \end{align*}. To do this, you require \displaystyle \begin{align*} y - z \geq 0 \implies y \geq z \end{align*}.
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    Re: Absolute Value

    Disregard this post. It's been a long day...
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