# Why the principal value of complex number argument is taken within $(-\pi,\pi]?$

Why the principal value of complex number argument is taken within $(-\pi,\pi]?$ What is the harm in considering similar other intervals like $[0,2\pi)$ for the purpose?

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@SugataAdhya If what you want to do is more to the left than to the right of the imaginary axis, then $[0, 2\pi)$ is better. It's all about context. –  Arthur Feb 18 '13 at 11:16