Finding Max value from an array


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Finding Max value from an array

Hi,

I need to find max and second max element from an array.
array contains 0338,0337,0339,0340,0401,0402,0403
# 2  
Post what you had tried so far.
# 3  
typeset currel_max=0

for i in `echo ${array[*]}`
do
if [ $currel_max -lt $i ]
then
currel_max=$i
fi
done

so was succesful in finding max value. but want to find second max value.

Also want to know if there is any other way to find.. instead of using for loop.
# 4  
Thanks for posting what you have tried Smilie

One more variable and keep flipping - but not efficient

Code:
awk 'BEGIN{ max = -1; second_max = -1 }{ if ( $0 > max ) { second_max = max; max = $0 } }END{ print second_max }' file

# 5  
As an alternative:

Code:
set -A MyArray 0338,0337,0339,0340,0401,0402,0403
echo ${MyArray[@]} | awk -v RS="," '1' | sort -r | head -2

0403
0402

# 6  
use sort -nr
'n' will take care to sort it numerically
# 7  
Leading 0's will take care of that...
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