I've just started using ruby for a programming/math class I'm doing at school. Was asked to write a program that finds sum min max and avge of a random set of numbers. Have managed to write that program but it is overly complicated. What I was wondering is if I can store this if max < num1 max = num1 end if num1 < min min = num1 end (repeated 8 times) code into something that's run once but read the variables from an array so I don't have to keep typing it and adding it in if I feel like adding more numbers. If I haven't explained myself that well I'll clarify if you need it. Thanks Here's the full code num1 = rand(10000) num2 = rand(10000) num3 = rand(10000) num4 = rand(10000) num5 = rand(10000) num6 = rand(10000) num7 = rand(10000) num8 = rand(10000) max = 0 min = 10001 puts num1 puts num2 puts num3 puts num4 puts num5 puts num6 puts num7 puts num8 if max < num1 max = num1 end if max < num2 max = num2 end if max < num3 max = num3 end if max < num4 max = num4 end if max < num5 max = num5 end if max < num6 max = num6 end if max < num7 max = num7 end if max < num8 max = num8 end if num1 < min min = num1 end if num2 < min min = num2 end if num3 < min min = num3 end if num4 < min min = num4 end if num5 < min min = num5 end if num6 < min min = num6 end if num7 < min min = num7 end if num8 < min min = num8 end sum = num1 + num2 + num3 + num4 + num5 + num6 + num7 + num8 avge = sum / 8s puts puts 'sum = ' + sum.to_s + '.' puts puts 'max = ' + max.to_s + '.' puts puts 'min = ' + min.to_s + '.' puts puts 'Average = ' + avge.to_s + '.' puts $end

on 2009-05-05 13:24

on 2009-05-05 13:27

languages = ['English', 'German', 'Ruby'] languages.each do |lang| puts 'I love ' + lang + '!' puts 'Don\'t you?' end puts 'And let\'s hear it for C++!' puts '...' I have the feeling it has something to do with that? But I wouldn't know how to write it out.

on 2009-05-05 13:42

Hello, # Ruby has built in methods for max and min # Not sure if you are allowed to use it # Assuming you are not numbers = [] total = 0 min, max = nil total = 0.0 8.times do new_num = rand(10000) numbers.push(new_num) # ideally you can check for min and max here itself min = new_num if min == nil or new_num < min max = new_num if max == nil or new_num > max total = total+new_num end average = total/numbers.size() puts numbers.join(',') puts max puts min puts average Jayanth

on 2009-05-05 13:52

# define average class Array def avg return self.inject{|num, sum| sum + num} / self.size end # random numbers - 8 here array = (1..8).map{|num| rand(10000)} # print min max and average puts "Min:" + array.min.to_s + " Max:" + array.max.to_s + " Avg:" + array.avg.to_s Blog: http://random8.zenunit.com/ Learn: http://sensei.zenunit.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/random8r

on 2009-05-05 14:18

Taylor L. wrote: > I've just started using ruby for a programming/math class I'm doing at > school. Was asked to write a program that finds sum min max and avge of > a random set of numbers. Have managed to write that program but it is > overly complicated. What I was wondering is if I can store this > > if > max < num1 > max = num1 > end > > if > num1 < min > min = num1 > end > (repeated 8 times) > > code into something that's run once but read the variables from an array > so I don't have to keep typing it and adding it in if I feel like adding > more numbers. Use this as a starting point: nums = Array.new(8) { rand(10000) } Or perhaps you would prefer this: nums = [] 8.times { nums << rand(10000) } Then you can iterate using nums.each do |num| .. do something with num end You can fold your existing code into that loop, e.g. sum += num if num < min min = num end if num > max max = num end HTH, Brian.

on 2009-05-05 23:37

```
Ok after trying to write it this is what I got. I get a
28: syntax error, unexpected $end, expecting kEND
>Exit code: 1 error though and I can't fix it any help
thanks
nums = Array.new(8) { rand(10000) }
max = 0
min = 10001
nums.each do |num|
if num > max
num = max
end
nums.each do |num|
if min < num
num = min
end
nums.each do |num|
sum += num
end
puts
puts 'sum = ' + sum.to_s + '.'
puts
puts 'max = ' + max.to_s + '.'
puts
puts 'min = ' + min.to_s + '.'
puts
puts 'Average = ' + avge.to_s + '.'
puts
$end
```

on 2009-05-05 23:46

nums = Array.new(8) { rand(10000) } max = 0 min = 10001 nums.each do |num| if num < min min = num end if num > max max = num end end sum = puts nums puts puts 'sum = ' + sum.to_s + '.' puts puts 'max = ' + max.to_s + '.' puts puts 'min = ' + min.to_s + '.' puts puts 'Average = ' + avge.to_s + '.' puts After more fiddling i fixed the error (needed another end for the if statement DUH) and it works but I can't figure out sum if you do sum += nums it gives an error. nums = Array.new(8) { rand(10000) } max = 0 min = 10001 nums.each do |num| if num < min min = num end if num > max max = num end end /*sum += nums*/ sum = 0 puts nums puts puts 'sum = ' + sum.to_s + '.' puts puts 'max = ' + max.to_s + '.' puts puts 'min = ' + min.to_s + '.' puts puts 'Average = ' + avge.to_s + '.' puts

on 2009-05-06 00:08

On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 13:46, Taylor L. <removed_email_address@domain.invalid> wrote: > After more fiddling i fixed the error (needed another end for the if > statement DUH) and it works but I can't figure out sum if you do sum += > nums it gives an error. It's easier for people to help you if you show the error you are seeing. In this particular case, since you are not initializing sum, the first time the program encounters: sum += num you are effectively doing: sum = nil + num Something like this: > nums = Array.new(8) { rand(10000) } > max = 0 > min = 10001 sum = 0 Also, in this case it's irrelevant, but you might wish to initialize min and max like this instead: min = max = nums[0] Marcelo