i am a beginner, i got linear search working quite fast.. but then total stuck.

i tried to write function test, that gives me some random numbers and sort them.

I watched all the videos and thought i understood how points work , but apparently not.

I dont even get the array pointer working right and fill it with the random numbers. (I get a core dumb )

Here is my code:

#include <cs50.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <time.h>

int main(void)
    int n = GetInt();
    int* array[n];

    int i;
    for (i=0; i<n;i++)
        *array[i]= rand();
        printf("Eingabe: %d : %d\n",i,*array[i]);    

void swap(int* a, int* b)
    int temp = *a;
    *a = *b;
    *b = temp;

void sort(int* array[], int x)
    int i;
    int counter;

        counter = 0;
        for (i=0;i<x; i++)
            if (array[i]>array[i+1])   
                swap(array[i], array[i+1]);
                counter = 1;
    while (counter==1);  

I hope someboby has mercy and gives me some advice or tip or hint... i sooooo wanna learn programming. so i would hate to have to give up so early :(


why do you use int* array[n]; and not int array[n];?

you aren't calling your sort() function.

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  • Hello, i was going off the example given in the lecture. I thought i have to create that *int array to later acess it via that pointer. Does that mean my sort function should also just take in the array and not the pointer ? Also it takes in x, which should be the number of elements in the array i guess.. but nowhere do i find how i get x beforehand :( Sorry but i just dont understand some things and dont find any explanation for it – Stephan Ketterer Feb 5 '15 at 15:47
  • x is the number of elements in the array. you ask for that number at the beginning of your code (n). then you create the array but putting in n random numbers. Next you need to call your sort function. You don't need to define the array this way, you can always pass the pointer to the function. Here's a related question on stackoverflow, that might help you: [link]stackoverflow.com/questions/1670821/… – gitterb Feb 5 '15 at 16:01
  • and perhaps it's easier if you would try to implement the sort without using a function. Same with swap. if you really want to use function, you will also need to declare prototypes before your main() – gitterb Feb 5 '15 at 16:03
  • I really appreciate your help i just cannot understand it :( – Stephan Ketterer Feb 5 '15 at 16:06
  • I really appreciate your help i just cannot understand it :( 1. If i start if the swap function it takes in 2 pointers, so i can only feed it 2 points and not some array values as far as i can understand. 2. Ok so i have to write the 2 functions with semicolons before the main function as a prototype so the program knows , something is coming. 3. I tried to adress my problems in 1 by creating 2 pointer variables that i feed into swap.. will post my code.. but i just errors – Stephan Ketterer Feb 5 '15 at 16:10

As far as I know, pset3 "find less comfortable" uses selection sort, while the more difficult version does not use bubble sort. Anyway, here is the pseudo code for it:

    begin BubbleSort(list)

    for all elements of list
      if list[i] > list[i+1]
        swap(list[i], list[i+1])
      end if
    end for

    return list

    end BubbleSort
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