The Difference Between Not-Equivalent and Not-Equal

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The Difference Between Not-Equivalent and Not-Equal


There's a difference between not-equivalent and not-equal. You might have thought both were equivalent, but this is not the case. I'll explain why. I've used not-equivalent as a comparison term for years. It's a good comparison term because it has more than one definition.


The viral math problem that went viral recently was incorrect due to the use of equals. In mathematics, equals are numbers that have the same end value and are of the same data type. Strings, however, are completely different than numbers and cannot be considered equivalent. There are several different reasons that make equal numbers different from strings. Let's take a look at some of them.