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March 20th, 2017, 10:35 AM   #1
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Largest and Smallest Decimal Number Computer program.

Can we write a computer program which will find the largest and Smallest Decimal Number in a List?

Example: 3.2,4.3,-2.1,7.3,5.4,-6.3,8.2,1.1,0.8

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March 20th, 2017, 10:49 AM   #2
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Yes, that's a pretty straightforward beginning programming exercise.
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You need to define what you mean by largest and smallest. If smallest is most negative then:

In Excel:
Max( 3.2,4.3,-2.1,7.3,5.4,-6.3,8.2,1.1,0.8 )

and

Min( 3.2,4.3,-2.1,7.3,5.4,-6.3,8.2,1.1,0.8 )

If smallest means closest to zero, then it becomes marginally more complicated.
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Output of the Computer program should be :

Largest Decimal Number : 8.2
Smallest Decimal Number : -6.3

Can this be achieved?

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In what computer language? As Yooklid said, excel has built in functions that do that automatically. If you are asking for a program that uses only the most simple commands then start by setting "max" and "min" equal to a number in the list. Then loop through the list, comparing each number to "max" and "min". If the number is larger than "max", set "max" equal to it. If the number is less than "min", set min equal to it.

Suppose your list of numbers is the array "numbers[]" with n members. Then

float max, min;
max= min= numbers[0];
for (i=0;i< n;i++)
{
if (numbers[i]> max) then max= numbers[i];
if (numbers[i]< min) then min= numbers[i];
}
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March 31st, 2017, 07:46 AM   #6
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Output of the Computer program should be :

Largest Decimal Number : 8.2
Smallest Decimal Number : -6.3

Can this be achieved?

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar
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