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The static SIMD.%type%.greaterThan() method returns a selection mask with values depending on a greater-than comparison (a > b) in each lane.


SIMD.Float32x4.greaterThan(a, b)
SIMD.Float64x2.greaterThan(a, b)

SIMD.Int8x16.greaterThan(a, b)
SIMD.Int16x8.greaterThan(a, b)
SIMD.Int32x4.greaterThan(a, b)

SIMD.Uint8x16.greaterThan(a, b)
SIMD.Uint16x8.greaterThan(a, b)
SIMD.Uint32x4.greaterThan(a, b) 


An instance of a SIMD type.
Another instance of a SIMD type.

Return value

A selection mask (of type Bool64x2, Bool32x4, Bool16x8 or Bool8x16 depending on the size). The lane values of the mask are either true or false depending on the result of a > b.


The SIMD.%type%.greaterThan method is one of the SIMD comparison operations and does not give you back the values of the greater-than comparison of two instances directly. Instead, a selection mask with Boolean values is returned.


Selecting the largest lane values from two vectors

In this example, two SIMD Float32x4 data types are compared to find the largest value for each lane and a selection mask gets created based on the result. This selection mask is then used to select the largest values of both vectors into a new Float32x4 vector.

var a = SIMD.Float32x4(1, 6, 3, 11);
var b = SIMD.Float32x4(1, 4, 7, 9);

var mask = SIMD.Float32x4.greaterThan(a,b);
// Bool32x4[false, true, false, true]

var result =, a, b);
// Float32x4[1, 6, 7, 11]


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'SIMDConstructor.greaterThan' in that specification.
Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support No support Nightly build No support No support No support
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support No support Nightly build No support No support No support

See also


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