Print Only First Three Highest Values

Posted on 2007-11-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-25
Hi All

I have 8 variables with numeric values:

$Variable1 = 80;
$Variable2 = 50;
$Variable3 = 30;
$Variable4 = 70;
$Variable5 = 20;
$Variable6 = 50;
$Variable7 = 40;
$variable8 = 10;

How can I print only the first three with the highest value.


print "$Variable1\n $Variable4\n $Variable2\n";
Question by:blnukem
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Expert Comment

ID: 20297591
It is better to store them in an array I think

@array = (80, 50, 30, 70, 20, 50, 40, 10);
@sorted = sort { $b <=> $a } @array;

the highest number is now stored at index 0
print "highest: ", $sorted[0], "\n";
print "second highest: ", $sorted[1], "\n";

remarkt that if you do {$a <=> $b}, you sort in an ascending way.
with the current {$b <=> $a}, you sort in a descending way
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ID: 20297592
print "$_\n" for (sort $Variable1,$Variable2,$Variable3,$Variable4,$Variable5,$Variable6,$Variable7,$Variable8)[-3..-1]

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31409535

Thanks ozo!!

Expert Comment

ID: 20297632

the sort function - as far as I know, sorts alphabetically, and your solution will run into problems.
But if you change e.g. $variable8=10 into $variable8=150, your code will still return 50, 70, 80 because it sorts them alphabetically
same problem if you change variable8 from 10 to 9: your solution will then return 9 as the highest number (higher than 80).
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Expert Comment

ID: 20297646
> sorts alphabetically
(sort {$b<=>$a} $Variable1,$Variable2,$Variable3,$Variable4,$Variable5,$Variable6,$Variable7,$Variable8)[0..2]
would have been better

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