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# C++ Program to find the second smallest element in an array

## Second smallest element in an array

An array is a group of similar type of data that are addressed by an common name (Arr[]). Array of any type can be created and may have one or more dimensions, i.e. 1-D Array, 2-D Array etc. Here we will learn how to code a C++ program for finding second smallest element in an array. ## Algorithm :

• Take the size of the array from the user and store it in variable say n.
• Declare an array of n size and take n input elements for the array from the user.
• Now , Declare two variable say min1 and  min2.
• Initialize them min1 as INT_MAX and min2 as INT_MAX-1
• Iterate from i=0 to i=n-1 and check if the min1 >a[i] then update min2=min1 and min1 = a[i].
• Else If min2 > a[i], then update min2 as min2 = a[i].

## C++ code based on above algorithm

`#include <iostream>using namespace std;int main(){    int n;    cin>>n;    int a[n];    for ( int i = 0 ; i < n; i++)      cin>>a[i];    int min1 = INT_MAX, min2 = INT_MAX-1;    for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {      if (a[i] < min1) {        min2 = min1;        min1 = a[i];      }      else if (a[i] < min2) {        min2 = a[i];      }    }    cout<<max2;    }`
`Input :57 8 1 9 2Output :2`