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Thread: High / low integer computation algorithm????

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    Default High / low integer computation algorithm????

    Okay, you guys were awesome , last time, here I am again, stuck. I am writing an exam averager, using a do-while loop with an if/else thrown in there. Its functional, but I also need it to display the highest and the lowest integer entered by the user. I have laid out a double highScore and double lowScore for the values to be assigned to, but I can't figure out how to make the program identify the highest and lowest values entered.

    I think it will be something like an "if / else-if" type of loop inside the already established if / else loop, but I don't know what to tell it to look for. any guidance??? Code attached...


    import java.util.Scanner;
    /**computes the average of a user entered list of non-negative integers.  
     *Will repeat until user idcated to stop. Will indicate largest / smallest integer.
     */
     public class ExamAverager
     {
     	public static void main (String [] args)
     	{
     		System.out.println ("This program will compute the average of a list of");
     		System.out.println ("non-negative test scores.");
     		double sum;
     		int numberOfStudents;
     		double next;
     		double highScore;
     		double lowScore;
     		String answer;
     		Scanner keyboard = new Scanner (System.in);
     		do
     		{	
     			System.out.println ();
     			System.out.println ("Enter all of the scores to be averaged.");
     			System.out.println ("Enter a negative number when complete, to see results.");
     			sum = 0;
     			numberOfStudents = 0;
     			next = keyboard.nextDouble ();
     			while (next >= 0)
     			{
     				sum = sum + next;
     				numberOfStudents++;
     				next = keyboard.nextDouble ();	
     			}
     			if (numberOfStudents >= 0)
     				System.out.println ("The average is " + (sum / numberOfStudents));
     			else 
     				System.out.println ("No scores to average.");
     			System.out.println ("Do you want to enter another test score?");
     			System.out.println ("Enter yes or no.");
     			answer = keyboard.next ();
     		}	
     		while (answer.equalsIgnoreCase ("yes"));
     	}
     }


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    Default Re: High / low integer computation algorithm????

    Well, you could start by creating two more methods,
    private double getHighestValue(ArrayList<Double> arr)
    {
      //Code eluded
    }
    private double getLowestValue(ArrayList<Double> arr)
    {
      //Code eluded
    }
    and try working on those. However, you are going to need to hold an array of the values given rather then just the some. Because you are not sure how many students there are going to be, may I recommend an ArrayList.

    sum = 0;
    numberOfStudents = 0;
    next = keyboard.nextDouble ();
    ArrayList<Double> studentScores = new ArrayList<Double>();
    while (next >= 0)
    {
      studentScores.add(next);
      sum = sum + next;
      numberOfStudents++;
      next = keyboard.nextDouble (); 
    }
    Then work on the methods earlier described
    Last edited by Tjstretch; October 22nd, 2011 at 12:48 PM.

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