# Count occurances in array

• 11-08-2012, 12:34 AM
rachem
Count occurances in array
Hello, I am new to java and am trying to count the highest occruance that appears in an array but I'm not entirely sure how to do this

so far I've got

public class counter {
public static void main(String[] args) {
final int N = (args.length);
int count= 1;
int[] a;
a = new int[N];
for (int i = 0; i < N; i++)
a[i] = Integer.parseInt(args[i]);
for (int i = 0; i < N; i++)
for(int j = i+1; j<N; j++)
if (a[i] == a[j]) {
count++;
}

System.out.println(duplicate);
}
}

But this just increments the count by one everytime ANY duplicate is found, I have no idea how to pick the highest occurance of a number out

Any help would be appreciated

Rachel
• 11-08-2012, 08:23 AM
Junky
Re: Count occurances in array
You will need three variables:
a: the current count
b: the highest count so far
c: the value that has the highest count so far.

Then use 2 nested loops. Count how many times the first number occurs using a. Store the count in b and the number in c. Reset a to 0 and go around again counting the second number. If the count for the second number is higher than b then reassign b and c. etc.

Note: use better variable names than a b and c.
• 11-08-2012, 06:16 PM
rachem
Re: Count occurances in array
Can someone just confirm that this is right to count and store the number?

Code:

```if (a[i] == a[j]) {         value = a[i];         if (value == a[j]) {         count++;                duplicate = count;           }         }         count = 1;```
Thank you, I think I'm just not getting something here :(

EDIT: Ok for some reason it's counting everything past the second occurance as that number
eg. if I type in 3 4 3 5 6 it'll give me a count of 4 instead of 2 =/