Tutorial by Topics: intrinsic

Intrinsic Functions are included in the COBOL standard as a set of functions that return values from a specific algorithm, given zero or more arguments. These intrinsic functions are provided as a facility of the compiler and runtime system. The return items are temporary COBOL fields, and can be character data, bit fields, or numeric values.

Examples include trigonometric functions, date time routines, data type conversions, standard deviation, and other support algorithms.

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