Robert Eisele
Engineer, Systems Architect and DBA

Codingame: Temperatures

Original Problem

The Goal

In this exercise, you have to analyze records of temperature to find the closest to zero.

Sample temperatures
Here, -1 is the closest to 0.


Write a program that prints the temperature closest to 0 among input data. If two numbers are equally close to zero, positive integer has to be considered closest to zero (for instance, if the temperatures are -5 and 5, then display 5).

Game Input

Your program must read the data from the standard input and write the result on the standard output.

Line 1: N, the number of temperatures to analyze

Line 2: A string with the N temperatures expressed as integers ranging from -273 to 5526

Display 0 (zero) if no temperatures are provided. Otherwise, display the temperature closest to 0.
0 ≤ N < 10000

C++ Solution

#include <iostream>
#include <string>
#include <vector>
#include <algorithm>
#include <sstream>
#include <iterator>

using namespace std;

int main() {
    int N;
    cin >> N;
    string TEMPS;
    getline(cin, TEMPS);

    istringstream buf(TEMPS);

    int tmp, min = 0;
    for (int i = 0; i < N; ++i) {

        buf >> tmp;

        if (i == 0 || abs(tmp) < abs(min) || tmp == -min && tmp > 0) {
            min = tmp;
    cout << min << endl;
    return 0;

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