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template< class ForwardIt >

std::pair<ForwardIt,ForwardIt>

    minmax_element( ForwardIt first, ForwardIt last );
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template< class ForwardIt, class Compare >

std::pair<ForwardIt,ForwardIt>

    minmax_element( ForwardIt first, ForwardIt last, Compare comp );
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Finds the greatest and the smallest element in the range [first, last). The first version uses operator< to compare the values, the second version uses the given comparison function comp.

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Parameters

first, last - forward iterators defining the range to examine
cmp - comparison function object (i.e. an object that satisfies the requirements of Compare) which returns ​true if if *a is less than *b.

The signature of the comparison function should be equivalent to the following:

 bool cmp(const Type1 &a, const Type2 &b);

The signature does not need to have const &, but the function object must not modify the objects passed to it.
The types Type1 and Type2 must be such that an object of type ForwardIt can be dereferenced and then implicitly converted to both of them. ​

Type requirements
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ForwardIt must meet the requirements of ForwardIterator.

Return value

a pair consisting of an iterator to the smallest element as the first element and an iterator to the greatest element as the second. Returns std::make_pair(first, first) if the range is empty. If several elements are equivalent to the smallest element, the iterator to the first such element is returned. If several elements are equivalent to the largest element, the iterator to the last such element is returned.

Complexity

At most max(floor(3/2(N−1)), 0) applications of the predicate, where N = std::distance(first, last).

Possible implementation

First version
template<class ForwardIt>
std::pair<ForwardIt, ForwardIt> 
    minmax_element(ForwardIt first, ForwardIt last)
{
    typedef typename std::iterator_traits<ForwardIt>::value_type value_t;
    return std::minmax_element(first, last, std::less<value_t>());
}
Second version
template<class ForwardIt, class Compare>
std::pair<ForwardIt, ForwardIt> 
    minmax_element(ForwardIt first, ForwardIt last, Compare comp)
{
    std::pair<ForwardIt, ForwardIt> result(first, first);
 
    if (first == last) return result;
    if (++first == last) return result;
 
    if (comp(*first, *result.first)) {
        result.second = result.first;
        result.first = first;
    } else {
        result.second = first;
    }
    while (++first != last) {
        ForwardIt i = first;
        if (++first == last) {
            if (comp(*i, *result.first)) result.first = i;
            else if (!(comp(*i, *result.second))) result.second = i;
            break;
        } else {
            if (comp(*first, *i)) {
                if (comp(*first, *result.first)) result.first = first;
                if (!(comp(*i, *result.second))) result.second = i;
            } else {
                if (comp(*i, *result.first)) result.first = i;
                if (!(comp(*first, *result.second))) result.second = first;
            }
        }
    }
    return result;
}

Example

#include <algorithm>
#include <iostream>
#include <vector>
 
int main()
{
    std::vector<int> v = { 3, 9, 1, 4, 2, 5, 9 };
 
    auto result = std::minmax_element(v.begin(), v.end());
    std::cout << "min element at: " << (result.first - v.begin()) << '\n';
    std::cout << "max element at: " << (result.second - v.begin()) << '\n';
}

Output:

min element at: 2
max element at: 6

See also

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