# Interpreting 'Weight By' Operator Results

Hi - Simple question. When interpreting 'Weight By' operator results, e.g Weight by SVM - is it the absolute value of the weight (i.e. ignoring the minus in negative weights) that should be considered or does, say, and attribute with a weight of -0.47 really have less value than one with a value of 0.31. In short, should I be ignoring the minus sign?

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666UnicornCan you take a look at below thread where there is a similar discussion about negative weights. I see that they both (+ and -) has their own significance based on the .

https://community.rapidminer.com/discussion/44650/negative-weights

@lionelderkrikor can pitch in for this question I guess

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11Contributor II1,213UnicornI will defer to @mschmitz regarding the effect of the normalization option. I agree that I would not expect it to change the order of the weights, unless it is doing the normalizing on the underlying attributes first and then the weighting, in which case this is feasible.

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