# C Programming Code Examples

## C > Arrays and Matrices Code Examples

### Program to Find the two Elements such that their Sum is Closest to Zero

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/* Program to Find the two Elements such that their Sum is Closest to Zero - Initialize the array named array[] with the random values. - Call the function minabsvaluepair and pass array and its size as parameters. - In the function definition receive the parameters through variables array[] and array_size. - If the array_size is less than 2, then print the output as "Invalid Input" and exit. - Initialize the variables min_l and min_r with 0 and 1 respectively. - Initialize the variable min_sum with the sum of 1st two elements of the array. - Using two for loops, compare all the combinations with this default sum. - If the minimum one exits, then change the values of variables min_l and min_r with this new array positions and exit. - Print the array values with the positions min_l and min_r as output and exit. */ # include <stdio.h> # include <stdlib.h> # include <math.h> void minabsvaluepair(int array[], int array_size) { int count = 0; int l, r, min_sum, sum, min_l, min_r; /* Array should have at least two elements*/ if (array_size < 2) { printf("Invalid Input"); return; } /* Initialization of values */ min_l = 0; min_r = 1; min_sum = array[0] + array[1]; for (l = 0; l < array_size - 1; l++) { for (r = l + 1; r < array_size; r++) { sum = array[l] + array[r]; if (abs(min_sum) > abs(sum)) { min_sum = sum; min_l = l; min_r = r; } } } printf(" The two elements whose sum is minimum are %d and %d", array[min_l], array[min_r]); } int main() { int array[] = {13, 18, -29, 36, -16, 38}; minabsvaluepair(array, 6); getchar(); return 0; }
What is an Array in C Language
An array is defined as the collection of similar type of data items stored at contiguous memory locations. Arrays are the derived data type in C programming language which can store the primitive type of data such as int, char, double, float, etc. It also has the capability to store the collection of derived data types, such as pointers, structure, etc. The array is the simplest data structure where each data element can be randomly accessed by using its index number. C array is beneficial if you have to store similar elements. For example, if we want to store the marks of a student in 6 subjects, then we don't need to define different variables for the marks in the different subject. Instead of that, we can define an array which can store the marks in each subject at the contiguous memory locations. By using the array, we can access the elements easily. Only a few lines of code are required to access the elements of the array.
Properties of Array
The array contains the following properties. • Each element of an array is of same data type and carries the same size, i.e., int = 4 bytes. • Elements of the array are stored at contiguous memory locations where the first element is stored at the smallest memory location. • Elements of the array can be randomly accessed since we can calculate the address of each element of the array with the given base address and the size of the data element.
Advantage of C Array
• 1) Code Optimization: Less code to the access the data. • 2) Ease of traversing: By using the for loop, we can retrieve the elements of an array easily. • 3) Ease of sorting: To sort the elements of the array, we need a few lines of code only. • 4) Random Access: We can access any element randomly using the array.
Disadvantage of C Array
• 1) Allows a fixed number of elements to be entered which is decided at the time of declaration. Unlike a linked list, an array in C is not dynamic. • 2) Insertion and deletion of elements can be costly since the elements are needed to be managed in accordance with the new memory allocation.
Declaration of C Array
To declare an array in C, a programmer specifies the type of the elements and the number of elements required by an array as follows
type arrayName [ arraySize ];
This is called a single-dimensional array. The arraySize must be an integer constant greater than zero and type can be any valid C data type. For example, to declare a 10-element array called balance of type double, use this statement
double balance[10];
Here balance is a variable array which is sufficient to hold up to 10 double numbers.
Initializing Arrays
You can initialize an array in C either one by one or using a single statement as follows
double balance[5] = {850, 3.0, 7.4, 7.0, 88};
The number of values between braces { } cannot be larger than the number of elements that we declare for the array between square brackets [ ]. If you omit the size of the array, an array just big enough to hold the initialization is created. Therefore, if you write
double balance[] = {850, 3.0, 7.4, 7.0, 88};
Accessing Array Elements
An element is accessed by indexing the array name. This is done by placing the index of the element within square brackets after the name of the array.
double salary = balance[9];
The above statement will take the 10th element from the array and assign the value to salary variable.
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/* arrays in C Language */ #include<stdio.h> void main () { int i, j,temp; int a[10] = { 4, 8, 16, 120, 36, 44, 13, 88, 90, 23}; for(i = 0; i<10; i++) { for(j = i+1; j<10; j++) { if(a[j] > a[i]) { temp = a[i]; a[i] = a[j]; a[j] = temp; } } } printf("Printing Sorted Element List ...\n"); for(i = 0; i<10; i++) { printf("%d\n",a[i]); } }
abs() Function in C
Absolute value. The abs () function is a predefined function in the stdlib.h header file to return the absolute value of the given integers. So, if we want to return the absolute value of a given number, we need to implement the stdlib.h header file in the C program. The abs() function only returns the positive numbers.
Syntax for abs() Function in C
#include <stdlib.h> int abs (int n);
n
Integral value. Suppose we have an integer number -5, and we want to get the absolute number, we use the abs() function to return the positive number as 5. Furthermore, if we pass any positive number, it returns the same number. Function returns the absolute value of n. In C, only the int version exists.
Data races
Concurrently calling this function is safe, causing no data races.
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/* get the absolute value of parameter by abs() function example. */ #include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h> #include <math.h> int main() { int i, num, last; printf (" Enter the first number: \n "); scanf (" %d", &num); printf ("\n Enter the last number from which you want to get the absolute number: "); scanf (" %d", &last); // use for loop to print the absolute number for (i = num; i <= last; i++) { // abs() function convert a negative number to positive number printf( "\n The absolute value of %d is %d. ", i, abs( i)); } return 0; }
If Else Statement in C
The if-else statement is used to perform two operations for a single condition. The if-else statement is an extension to the if statement using which, we can perform two different operations, i.e., one is for the correctness of that condition, and the other is for the incorrectness of the condition. Here, we must notice that if and else block cannot be executed simiulteneously. Using if-else statement is always preferable since it always invokes an otherwise case with every if condition.
Syntax for if-else Statement in C
if (test expression) { // run code if test expression is true } else { // run code if test expression is false }
If the test expression is evaluated to true, • statements inside the body of if are executed. • statements inside the body of else are skipped from execution. If the test expression is evaluated to false, • statements inside the body of else are executed • statements inside the body of if are skipped from execution.
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/* if else statement in C language */ // Check whether an integer is odd or even #include <stdio.h> int main() { int number; printf("Enter an integer: "); scanf("%d", &number); // True if the remainder is 0 if (number%2 == 0) { printf("%d is an even integer.",number); } else { printf("%d is an odd integer.",number); } return 0; }
printf() Function in C
Writes the C string pointed by format to the standard output (stdout). If format includes format specifiers (subsequences beginning with %), the additional arguments following format are formatted and inserted in the resulting string replacing their respective specifiers. printf format string refers to a control parameter used by a class of functions in the input/output libraries of C programming language. The string is written in a simple template language: characters are usually copied literally into the function's output, but format specifiers, which start with a % character, indicate the location and method to translate a piece of data (such as a number) to characters. "printf" is the name of one of the main C output functions, and stands for "print formatted". printf format strings are complementary to scanf format strings, which provide formatted input (parsing). In both cases these provide simple functionality and fixed format compared to more sophisticated and flexible template engines or parsers, but are sufficient for many purposes.
Syntax for printf() function in C
#include <stdio.h> int printf ( const char * format, ... );
format
C string that contains the text to be written to stdout. It can optionally contain embedded format specifiers that are replaced by the values specified in subsequent additional arguments and formatted as requested. A format specifier follows this prototype: [see compatibility note below] %[flags][width][.precision][length]specifier Where the specifier character at the end is the most significant component, since it defines the type and the interpretation of its corresponding argument:
specifier
a conversion format specifier.
d or i
Signed decimal integer
u
Unsigned decimal integer
o
Unsigned octal
x
Unsigned hexadecimal integer
X
Unsigned hexadecimal integer (uppercase)
f
Decimal floating point, lowercase
F
Decimal floating point, uppercase
e
Scientific notation (mantissa/exponent), lowercase
E
Scientific notation (mantissa/exponent), uppercase
g
Use the shortest representation: %e or %f
G
Use the shortest representation: %E or %F
a
Hexadecimal floating point, lowercase
A
Hexadecimal floating point, uppercase
c
Character
s
String of characters
p
Pointer address
n
Nothing printed. The corresponding argument must be a pointer to a signed int. The number of characters written so far is stored in the pointed location.
%
A % followed by another % character will write a single % to the stream. The format specifier can also contain sub-specifiers: flags, width, .precision and modifiers (in that order), which are optional and follow these specifications:
flags
one or more flags that modifies the conversion behavior (optional)
-
Left-justify within the given field width; Right justification is the default (see width sub-specifier).
+
Forces to preceed the result with a plus or minus sign (+ or -) even for positive numbers. By default, only negative numbers are preceded with a - sign.
(space)
If no sign is going to be written, a blank space is inserted before the value.
#
Used with o, x or X specifiers the value is preceeded with 0, 0x or 0X respectively for values different than zero. Used with a, A, e, E, f, F, g or G it forces the written output to contain a decimal point even if no more digits follow. By default, if no digits follow, no decimal point is written.
0
Left-pads the number with zeroes (0) instead of spaces when padding is specified (see width sub-specifier).
width
an optional * or integer value used to specify minimum width field.
(number)
Minimum number of characters to be printed. If the value to be printed is shorter than this number, the result is padded with blank spaces. The value is not truncated even if the result is larger.
*
The width is not specified in the format string, but as an additional integer value argument preceding the argument that has to be formatted.
.precision
an optional field consisting of a . followed by * or integer or nothing to specify the precision.
.number
For integer specifiers (d, i, o, u, x, X): precision specifies the minimum number of digits to be written. If the value to be written is shorter than this number, the result is padded with leading zeros. The value is not truncated even if the result is longer. A precision of 0 means that no character is written for the value 0. For a, A, e, E, f and F specifiers: this is the number of digits to be printed after the decimal point (by default, this is 6). For g and G specifiers: This is the maximum number of significant digits to be printed. For s: this is the maximum number of characters to be printed. By default all characters are printed until the ending null character is encountered. If the period is specified without an explicit value for precision, 0 is assumed.
.*
The precision is not specified in the format string, but as an additional integer value argument preceding the argument that has to be formatted.
length
an optional length modifier that specifies the size of the argument.
... (additional arguments)
Depending on the format string, the function may expect a sequence of additional arguments, each containing a value to be used to replace a format specifier in the format string (or a pointer to a storage location, for n). There should be at least as many of these arguments as the number of values specified in the format specifiers. Additional arguments are ignored by the function. If a writing error occurs, the error indicator (ferror) is set and a negative number is returned. If a multibyte character encoding error occurs while writing wide characters, errno is set to EILSEQ and a negative number is returned.
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/* print formatted data to stdout by printf() function example */ #include <stdio.h> int main() { char ch; char str[100]; int a; float b; printf("Enter any character \n"); scanf("%c", &ch); printf("Entered character is %c \n", ch); printf("Enter any string ( upto 100 character ) \n"); scanf("%s", &str); printf("Entered string is %s \n", str); printf("Enter integer and then a float: "); // Taking multiple inputs scanf("%d%f", &a, &b); printf("You entered %d and %f", a, b); return 0; }
What is an Multi-Dimensional Array
An array is a collection of data items, all of the same type, accessed using a common name. A one-dimensional array is like a list; A two dimensional array is like a table; The C language places no limits on the number of dimensions in an array, though specific implementations may. Some texts refer to one-dimensional arrays as vectors, two-dimensional arrays as matrices, and use the general term arrays when the number of dimensions is unspecified or unimportant.
Declaring Two-Dimensional Arrays
An array of arrays is known as 2D array. The two dimensional (2D) array in C programming is also known as matrix. A matrix can be represented as a table of rows and columns. In C/C++, we can define multi dimensional arrays in simple words as array of arrays. Data in multi dimensional arrays are stored in tabular form (in row major order). General form of declaring N-dimensional arrays is:
datatype arrayname[size1][size2]....[sizeN]; example: int 2d-array[8][16]; char letters[4][9]; float numbers[10][25];
Initializing Two-Dimensional Arrays
In the 1D array, we don't need to specify the size of the array if the declaration and initialization are being done simultaneously. However, this will not work with 2D arrays. We will have to define at least the second dimension of the array. The two-dimensional array can be declared and defined in the following way. Multidimensional arrays may be initialized by specifying bracketed values for each row. Following is an array with 3 rows and each row has 4 columns.
int numbers[3][4] = {{0, 1, 2, 3}, {4, 5, 6, 7}, {8, 9, 10, 11}};
Accessing Two-Dimensional Array Elements
Just like one-dimensional arrays, two-dimensional arrays also require indices to access the required elements. A row and a column index are needed to access a particular element; for nested loops, two indices (one to traverse the rows and the other to traverse the columns in each row) are required to print a two-dimensional array.
printf("%d ", numbers[4][8]); printf("'%s' has length %d\n", array[8][4], strlen(array[8][4]));
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/* find the sum of two matrices of order 2*2 in C */ #include <stdio.h> int main() { float a[2][2], b[2][2], result[2][2]; // Taking input using nested for loop printf("Enter elements of 1st matrix\n"); for (int i = 0; i < 2; ++i) for (int j = 0; j < 2; ++j) { printf("Enter a%d%d: ", i + 1, j + 1); scanf("%f", &a[i][j]); } // Taking input using nested for loop printf("Enter elements of 2nd matrix\n"); for (int i = 0; i < 2; ++i) for (int j = 0; j < 2; ++j) { printf("Enter b%d%d: ", i + 1, j + 1); scanf("%f", &b[i][j]); } // adding corresponding elements of two arrays for (int i = 0; i < 2; ++i) for (int j = 0; j < 2; ++j) { result[i][j] = a[i][j] + b[i][j]; } // Displaying the sum printf("\nSum Of Matrix:"); for (int i = 0; i < 2; ++i) for (int j = 0; j < 2; ++j) { printf("%.1f\t", result[i][j]); if (j == 1) printf("\n"); } return 0; }
Nested Loop Statement in C
C supports nesting of loops in C. Nesting of loops is the feature in C that allows the looping of statements inside another loop. Any number of loops can be defined inside another loop, i.e., there is no restriction for defining any number of loops. The nesting level can be defined at n times. You can define any type of loop inside another loop; for example, you can define 'while' loop inside a 'for' loop. A loop inside another loop is called a nested loop. The depth of nested loop depends on the complexity of a problem. We can have any number of nested loops as required. Consider a nested loop where the outer loop runs n times and consists of another loop inside it. The inner loop runs m times. Then, the total number of times the inner loop runs during the program execution is n*m.
Syntax for Nested Loop Statement in C
Outer_loop { Inner_loop { // inner loop statements. } // outer loop statements. }
Outer_loop and Inner_loop are the valid loops that can be a 'for' loop, 'while' loop or 'do-while' loop.
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/* nested loop statement in C language */ // C Program to print all prime factors // of a number using nested loop #include <math.h> #include <stdio.h> // A function to print all prime factors of a given number n void primeFactors(int n) { // Print the number of 2s that divide n while (n % 2 == 0) { printf("%d ", 2); n = n / 2; } // n must be odd at this point. So we can skip // one element (Note i = i +2) for (int i = 3; i <= sqrt(n); i = i + 2) { // While i divides n, print i and divide n while (n % i == 0) { printf("%d ", i); n = n / i; } } // This condition is to handle the case when n // is a prime number greater than 2 if (n > 2) printf("%d ", n); } /* Driver program to test above function */ int main() { int n = 315; primeFactors(n); return 0; }
main() Function in C
In C, the "main" function is treated the same as every function, it has a return type (and in some cases accepts inputs via parameters). The only difference is that the main function is "called" by the operating system when the user runs the program. Thus the main function is always the first code executed when a program starts. main() function is a user defined, body of the function is defined by the programmer or we can say main() is programmer/user implemented function, whose prototype is predefined in the compiler. Hence we can say that main() in c programming is user defined as well as predefined because it's prototype is predefined. main() is a system (compiler) declared function whose defined by the user, which is invoked automatically by the operating system when program is being executed. Its first function or entry point of the program from where program start executed, program's execution starts from the main. So main is an important function in c , c++ programming language.
Syntax for main() Function in C
void main() { ......... // codes start from here ......... }
void
is a keyword in C language, void means nothing, whenever we use void as a function return type then that function nothing return. here main() function no return any value. In place of void we can also use int return type of main() function, at that time main() return integer type value.
main
is a name of function which is predefined function in C library. • An operating system always calls the main() function when a programmers or users execute their programming code. • It is responsible for starting and ends of the program. • It is a universally accepted keyword in programming language and cannot change its meaning and name. • A main() function is a user-defined function in C that means we can pass parameters to the main() function according to the requirement of a program. • A main() function is used to invoke the programming code at the run time, not at the compile time of a program. • A main() function is followed by opening and closing parenthesis brackets.
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/* basic c program by main() function example */ #include <stdio.h> #include <conio.h> main() { printf (" It is a main() function "); int fun2(); // jump to void fun1() function printf ("\n Finally exit from the main() function. "); } void fun1() { printf (" It is a second function. "); printf (" Exit from the void fun1() function. "); } int fun2() { void fun1(); // jump to the int fun1() function printf (" It is a third function. "); printf (" Exit from the int fun2() function. "); return 0; }
getchar() Function in C
Get character from stdin. Returns the next character from the standard input (stdin). It is equivalent to calling getc with stdin as argument. A getchar() function is a non-standard function whose meaning is already defined in the stdin.h header file to accept a single input from the user. In other words, it is the C library function that gets a single character (unsigned char) from the stdin. However, the getchar() function is similar to the getc() function, but there is a small difference between the getchar() and getc() function of the C programming language. A getchar() reads a single character from standard input, while a getc() reads a single character from any input stream.
Syntax for getchar() Function in C
#include <stdio.h> int getchar ( void );
On success, the character read is returned (promoted to an int value). The return type is int to accommodate for the special value EOF, which indicates failure: If the standard input was at the end-of-file, the function returns EOF and sets the eof indicator (feof) of stdin. If some other reading error happens, the function also returns EOF, but sets its error indicator (ferror) instead.
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/* gets a single character (unsigned char) from the stdin by getchar() function example */ #include <stdio.h> #include <ctype.h> int main() { int ch, i = 0; char str[150]; printf (" Enter the characters from the keyboard (Press Enter button to stop).\n"); // use do while loop to define the condition do { ch = getchar(); // takes character, number, etc from the user str[i] = ch; // store the ch into str[i] i++; // increment loop by 1 } while (ch != '\n'); // ch is not equal to '\n' printf("Entered characters are %s ", str); return 0; }
For Loop Statement in C
The for loop is used in the case where we need to execute some part of the code until the given condition is satisfied. The for loop is also called as a per-tested loop. It is better to use for loop if the number of iteration is known in advance. The for-loop statement is a very specialized while loop, which increases the readability of a program. It is frequently used to traverse the data structures like the array and linked list.
Syntax of For Loop Statement in C
for (initialization; condition test; increment or decrement) { //Statements to be executed repeatedly }
Step 1
First initialization happens and the counter variable gets initialized.
Step 2
In the second step the condition is checked, where the counter variable is tested for the given condition, if the condition returns true then the C statements inside the body of for loop gets executed, if the condition returns false then the for loop gets terminated and the control comes out of the loop.
Step 3
After successful execution of statements inside the body of loop, the counter variable is incremented or decremented, depending on the operation (++ or --).
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/* for loop statement in C language */ // Program to calculate the sum of first n natural numbers // Positive integers 1,2,3...n are known as natural numbers #include <stdio.h> int main() { int num, count, sum = 0; printf("Enter a positive integer: "); scanf("%d", &num); // for loop terminates when num is less than count for(count = 1; count <= num; ++count) { sum += count; } printf("Sum = %d", sum); return 0; }

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