# Divide

Divide behaves differently according to the type of the LHS:

- strings: split by the divider
- number: arithmetic division

Given a sample.yml file of:

a: cat_meow

b: _

then

yq '.c = .a / .b' sample.yml

will output

a: cat_meow

b: _

c:

- cat

- meow

The result during division is calculated as a float

Given a sample.yml file of:

a: 12

b: 2.5

then

yq '.a = .a / .b' sample.yml

will output

a: 4.8

b: 2.5

Dividing by zero results in +Inf or -Inf

Given a sample.yml file of:

a: 1

b: -1

then

yq '.a = .a / 0 | .b = .b / 0' sample.yml

will output

a: !!float +Inf

b: !!float -Inf

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