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# centeredAverage challenge

Posted on 2016-08-01
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Hi,

I am working on below challenge
http://codingbat.com/prob/p136585
I wrote my code as below

``````public int centeredAverage(int[] nums) {
int large=0;
int small=0;
for(int n:nums){

large=  Math.max(large, n);
//large=n;
}

for(int n:nums){

small= Math.min(large, n);
// small=n;
}
return (large-small);
}
``````

I am failing few tests.

I am not clear on below

Return the "centered" average of an array of ints, which we'll say is the mean average of the values, except ignoring the largest and smallest values in the array. If there are multiple copies of the smallest value, ignore just one copy, and likewise for the largest value. Use int division to produce the final average. You may assume that the array is length 3 or more.

centeredAverage([1, 2, 3, 4, 100]) → 3
centeredAverage([1, 1, 5, 5, 10, 8, 7]) → 5//how it is 5 sum of 1 plus 5 plus 5 plus 8 plus 7 is 26 devided by 5 right?
centeredAverage([-10, -4, -2, -4, -2, 0]) → -3//how it is -3

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Question by:gudii9
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zzynx earned 250 total points
ID: 41738738
You shouldn't use two loops to determine large and small. You can do that in one.

Returning large - small is not what is asked for.

You should make the sum of all values, then subtract large from it, then subtract small from it, then divide by the length of the array minus 2.
That's the value to return.
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Rgonzo1971 earned 250 total points
ID: 41738740
HI,

to find the result I would sum the nums subtract the min and the max of it then divide (int) by the number of items of the array -2 (array length)

[-10, -4, -2, -4, -2, 0] becomes (-4 - 2 - 4 - 2)/4 = -12/4 = -3
and
[1, 1, 5, 5, 10, 8, 7] becomes (1+5+5+7+8)/5 but as integers 26(int)/5(int) = 5(int)

Regards
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Expert Comment

ID: 41738741
@Rgonzo1971
That's exactly what I said in the comment before yours.

@guidii9,

here's the code:

``````public int centeredAverage(int[] nums) {
int large=Integer.MIN_VALUE;
int small=Integer.MAX_VALUE;
int sum=0;
for(int n:nums){
large = Math.max(large, n);
small = Math.min(small, n);
sum += n;
}

return (sum-large-small)/(nums.length-2);
}
``````
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Expert Comment

ID: 41739037
gudii9  posts code that suggests he hasn't even read the problem and doesn't attempt to describe his algorithm or approach.

zzynx posts a hint, then waits six minutes and posts the complete solution with no interaction from the author.

This is not how ExEx is supposed to work.
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Expert Comment

ID: 41739078
The questions of gudii9 are no so called "home work" questions. (after *all* those questions we know already)

Previous week I refrained from posting full code. Another "expert" did. (based on the hints I gave)
I filed a request for attention.
That was rejected since the author answered "No" to the question if it was home work.
The poster of the full code got the majority of the points.
Is that how EE is supposed to work?

This time I posted the full code (knowing this is not home work) and I got a attention for request filed against me.
Is that how EE is supposed to work?

I look forward to the decision that will be taken...
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Expert Comment

ID: 41739159
The behavior gudii9 is the problem, but homework and self-study should be treated the same way.
None of these questions are worth much, and the points we get are not worth the aggravation.
I got a bundle of points from gudii9 last month, and I would give them all back if he would just grow up.

I'm looking forward to some resolution as well.

And the list of aggravated experts is growing:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28960861/sum28-challenge.html#a41738792
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Author Comment

ID: 41739843
my approach is kind of similar but i missed to subtract large and small from sum

``````public int centeredAverage(int[] nums) {
int large=Integer.MIN_VALUE;
int small=Integer.MAX_VALUE;
int sum=0;
for(int n:nums){
large = Math.max(large, n);
small = Math.min(small, n);
sum += n;
}

return (sum-large-small)/(nums.length-2);
}
``````
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Expert Comment

ID: 41740181
>> my approach is kind of similar
``````public int centeredAverage(int[] nums) {
int large=0;
int small=0;
for(int n:nums){

large=  Math.max(large, n);
//large=n;
}

for(int n:nums){

small= Math.min(large, n);
// small=n;
}
return (large-small);
}
``````
Which is absolutely not similar.

Why do you just repeat my code in your last comment?
Why did Rgonzo1971 got points for just repeating me?

@gudii9, I guess this was my last post on one of your questions...
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