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Thread: My if statement seems to be getting skipped over

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    Default My if statement seems to be getting skipped over

    public class SimpsonsParadox{
      public static boolean isSimpsonExample(int p1y1S, int p1y1T, int p2y1S, int p2y1T, int p1y2S, int p1y2T, int p2y2S, int p2y2T){
      if (((p1y1S + p1y2S)/(p1y1T + p1y2T) > ((p2y1S + p2y2S)/(p2y1T + p2y2T))) && ((p1y1S/p1y1T) < (p2y1S/p2y1T)) && ((p1y2S/p1y2T) < (p2y2S/p2y2T)))){
      return true;
      } else if ((((p1y1S + p1y2S)/(p1y1T + p1y2T) < ((p2y1S + p2y2S)/(p2y1T+p2y2T)))) && ((p1y1S/p1y1T) > (p2y1S/p2y1T)) && ((p1y2S/p1y2T) > (p2y2S/p2y2T))){
      return true;
      } else
        return false;
    public static void main(String[] args)

    when i run this code with a test code it seems to automatically skip both my if statements and go straight to my else and return false. I tested this also by simply making one if statement be if (p1y1S>1) return true and this is the case for several different tests within my test code so i can't figure out why it is skipping my if statements. any help appreciated

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    Default Re: My if statement seems to be getting skipped over

    So do a sysout on every parameter being passed in and see what does not have the value you expected.
    If that does not work, break up that multiple boolean conditional into multiple conditionals and see the value on an individual basis so you can see what is not working the way you expected. If the body gets skipped, then something evaluated to false somewhere and you have to find it. There are only 3 choices in the first conditional

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