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Daily Challenge #117 - MinMinMax

Given an unsorted array of integers, find the smallest number in the array, the largest number in the array, and the smallest number between the two array bounds that are not in the array.

For instance, given the array [-1, 4, 5, -23, 24], the smallest number is -23, the largest number is 24, and the smallest number between the array bounds is -22. You may assume the input is well-formed.

Your solution should return an array [smallest, minimumAbsent, largest]

The smallest integer should be the integer from the array with the lowest value.

The largest integer should be the integer from the array with the highest value.

The minimumAbsent is the smallest number between the largest and the smallest number that is not in the array.

minMinMax([-1, 4, 5, -23, 24]); //[-23, -22, 24]
minMinMax([1, 3, -3, -2, 8, -1]); //[-3, 0, 8]
minMinMax([2, -4, 8, -5, 9, 7]); //[-5, -3,9]


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Top comments (18)

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Craig McIlwrath

Haskell solution:

import Data.List ((\\))

minminmax :: (Ord a, Enum a) => [a] -> (a, a, a)
minminmax xs = let min = minimum xs
                   max = maximum xs
                   range = [min..max] \\ xs
               in  (min, head range, max)

The \\ operator is the list difference, and the .. can be used on any enum type to build a list. This means this works for a large number of types, like:

minminmax "sonicthehedgehog" = ('c', 'f', 't')
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Steven Mercatante
function minMinMax(arr) {
  // Sorting `arr` lets us easily select the min and max values
  arr.sort((a, b) => a - b)
  const min = arr[0]
  const max = arr[arr.length - 1]

  // Starting at the `min` number, search between 
  // `min` and `max` until you find a value that's not in `arr`
  let minimumAbsent = null
  for (let i = min; i < max; i++) {
    if (!arr.includes(i)) {
      minimumAbsent = i
      break
    }
  }

  return [min, minimumAbsent, max]
}

minMinMax([-1, 4, 5, -23, 24]); //[-23, -22, 24]
// minMinMax([1, 3, -3, -2, 8, -1]); //[-3, 0, 8]
// minMinMax([2, -4, 8, -5, 9, 7]); //[-5, -3, 9]

Runnable example:

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peter279k

Here is the PHP code snippets:

function minMinMax($array) {
  print_r($array);
  $ans = [];
  $ans[0] = min($array);

  $number = $ans[0];
  while (true) {
    $number += 1;

    $ans[1] = $number;
    if (in_array($ans[1], $array) === false) {
      break;
    }
  }

  $ans[2] = max($array);

  return $ans;
}
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Kiliman • Edited on

TypeScript with tests

github.com/kiliman/dev-to-daily-ch...

export const minMinMax = (
  set: number[],
): [number, number | undefined, number] => {
  if (set.length < 1) {
    throw new Error('set must include at least one number')
  }
  const sorted = [...set].sort((a, b) => a - b)
  const smallest = sorted[0]
  const largest = sorted[set.length - 1]
  let minimumAbsent = smallest + 1
  for (let i = 1; i < sorted.length; i++) {
    if (minimumAbsent !== sorted[i]) break
    minimumAbsent++
  }

  return [
    smallest,
    minimumAbsent > largest ? undefined : minimumAbsent,
    largest,
  ]
}

Test

import { minMinMax } from '.'

it('should throw an error if less than one element', () => {
  expect(() => minMinMax([])).toThrow()
})

it('should return smallest, minimumAbsent, largest from array of numbers', () => {
  expect(minMinMax([-1, 4, 5, -23, 24])).toStrictEqual([-23, -22, 24])
  expect(minMinMax([1, 3, -3, -2, 8, -1])).toStrictEqual([-3, 0, 8])
  expect(minMinMax([2, -4, 8, -5, 9, 7])).toStrictEqual([-5, -3, 9])
})

it('should return undefined for minimumAbsent if not present between smallest and largest', () => {
  expect(minMinMax([-3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3])).toStrictEqual([-3, undefined, 3])
})

it('should support a single number', () => {
  expect(minMinMax([1])).toStrictEqual([1, undefined, 1])
})

it('should support two numbers', () => {
  expect(minMinMax([1, 2])).toStrictEqual([1, undefined, 2])
  expect(minMinMax([1, 3])).toStrictEqual([1, 2, 3])
})
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kesprit

My solution in Swift, I check if the array is not empty and bigger than two elements :

func minMinMax(array: [Int]) -> [Int] {
    guard !array.isEmpty, array.count > 2,
        let min = array.min(),
        let max = array.max(),
        let minimumAbsent = ((min...max).first{!array.contains($0)})
        else {
            return []
    }
    return [min, minimumAbsent, max]
}
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Amin

Elm

import List exposing (minimum, maximum, member)
import Maybe exposing (withDefault)


nextUnknownInteger : Int -> List Int -> Int
nextUnknownInteger integer integers =
    let
        nextInteger = integer + 1
    in
        if member nextInteger integers then
            nextUnknownInteger nextInteger integers
        else
            nextInteger


minMinMax : List Int -> List Int
minMinMax integers =
    let
        minimumInteger     = withDefault 0 <| minimum integers
        maximumInteger     = withDefault 0 <| maximum integers
        nextMinimumInteger = nextUnknownInteger minimumInteger integers

    in
        [minimumInteger, nextMinimumInteger, maximumInteger]

Playground

Here.

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Hao

I'm sure there's less time complexity one but this boi will get its job done

const minMinMax = arr => {
    const [min, max] = [...arr].sort().splice(1, arr.length - 3);
    for (let i = min + 1; i < max; i++) {
        if (!arr.includes(i)) {
            return [min, i, max];
        }
    }
    return [min, undefined, max];
}

minMinMax([-1, 4, 5, -23, 24]); // [ -23, -22, 24 ]
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John Medland

Here is a solution with LabVIEW. Not tried LabVIEW? The community edition beta is now open!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Coding Challange 117 - LabVIEW Snippet

 
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Donald Feury

Holy crap I had no idea you could do that in Ruby. Thank ya for the old post that explained it very clearly.

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Donald Feury
min, *middle, max = arr.sort

Can you explain this part? I haven't seen sort used like this before.

 
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Donald Feury

That is fascinating, I had no idea. I will keep that in mind.

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shinelee

Explanatory post. Thanks for sharing with US. I am lucky to read this content. Sure. But Array#sort is secondary here, it works with any array on the right hand side of an assignment thank you from walgreenslistens blog for walgreens survey

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colorman4

Lucky to read this article, this is amazing, thanks for sharing!
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