# Integer (computer science)

## Datum of integral data type / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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In computer science, an **integer** is a datum of **integral data type**, a data type that represents some range of mathematical integers. Integral data types may be of different sizes and may or may not be allowed to contain negative values. Integers are commonly represented in a computer as a group of binary digits (bits). The size of the grouping varies so the set of integer sizes available varies between different types of computers. Computer hardware nearly always provides a way to represent a processor register or memory address as an integer.