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Two's complement

It's used to represent signed integers. The formula is

$$ w = - a_{N - 1}\, 2^{N - 1} + \sum_{i = 0}^{N - 2} a_i\,2^i $$

in practice the MSB has much more weight with respect to the others; This system can represent the range $[-2^{N - 1}, 2^{N - 1} - 1]$

Below a simple python function to calculate the value

def twos_complement(input_value, num_bits):
    '''Calculates a two's complement integer from the given input value's bits'''
    mask = 2**(num_bits - 1)
    return -(input_value & mask) + (input_value & ~mask)