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29.4.2.Use min_element to get the minimum element in a container
/* The following code example is taken from the book
 * "The C++ Standard Library - A Tutorial and Reference"
 * by Nicolai M. Josuttis, Addison-Wesley, 1999
 *
 * (C) Copyright Nicolai M. Josuttis 1999.
 * Permission to copy, use, modify, sell and distribute this software
 * is granted provided this copyright notice appears in all copies.
 * This software is provided "as is" without express or implied
 * warranty, and with no claim as to its suitability for any purpose.
 */
#include <cstdlib>

#include <iostream>
#include <vector>
#include <deque>
#include <list>
#include <set>
#include <map>
#include <string>
#include <algorithm>
#include <iterator>
#include <functional>
#include <numeric>

/* PRINT_ELEMENTS()
 * - prints optional C-string optcstr followed by
 * - all elements of the collection coll
 * - separated by spaces
 */
template <class T>
inline void PRINT_ELEMENTS (const T& coll, const char* optcstr="")
{
    typename T::const_iterator pos;

    std::cout << optcstr;
    for (pos=coll.begin(); pos!=coll.end(); ++pos) {
        std::cout << *pos << ' ';
    }
    std::cout << std::endl;
}

/* INSERT_ELEMENTS (collection, first, last)
 * - fill values from first to last into the collection
 * - NOTE: NO half-open range
 */
template <class T>
inline void INSERT_ELEMENTS (T& coll, int first, int last)
{
    for (int i=first; i<=last; ++i) {
        coll.insert(coll.end(),i);
    }
}

using namespace std;

int main()
{
    deque<int> coll;

    INSERT_ELEMENTS(coll,2,8);
    INSERT_ELEMENTS(coll,-3,5);

    PRINT_ELEMENTS(coll);

    // process and print minimum 
    cout << "minimum: "
         << *min_element(coll.begin(),coll.end())
         << endl;

}
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 3 4 5
minimum: -3
29.4.min_element
29.4.1.Find and print minimum elements in a vector
29.4.2.Use min_element to get the minimum element in a container
29.4.3.Use min_element to get the minimum value
29.4.4.Use min_element with criteria function
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