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I can't find too much about this by myself when googling and I am confused overall. So I decided to ask here.

So I'm trying to convert a Signed Magnitude Binary number to Hexadecimal.

Lets take 111011. So being that it is signed, I know that the leftmost bit will signify a negative sign (-ve). And the "11011" part is 27. So that number would be -27 in base-10.

But how would you represent that in hex? How do negative signs work in hex?

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Negative signs work exactly the same way in hexadecimal as they do in decimal: simply put $-$ before the number. In your case, $-27_{10}=-\rm{1B}_{16}$.

Sign-and-magnitude notation is peculiar because there exists a representation of negative zero. Because of this, and the gate cost of implementing circuitry working with this format, we do not use it often, instead preferring twos-complement (which has no negative zero). A brief survey of digital representations of negative numbers can be found on Wikipedia.

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