C++ how to sort the values in an array based on magnitude?

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For instance I have an array[3] = {-3, 4, 5, 1, -2} I'm trying to sort it as {1, -2, -3, 4, 5} I tried doing bubble sort with abs value but that didn't work out.

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BTW, why not use std::sort ?

Does that work with dynamic single arrays?

Can you put together a Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable example that demonstrates the issue you had with the bubble sort?

Why is array[3] having 5 values?

@ugandanwarlord It works with std::begin and std::end.

can you show your effort?

how do you think array[3] = {-3, 4, 5, 1, -2} this would work?

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There are plenty of ways to sort like that, and one of the most easiest, in fact, is to use, the std::sort() function from <algorithm>... (Just remember to set up your compiler for C++11 or above)

std::sort(std::begin(array), std::end(array), [](int const num1, int const num2) -> bool
    return abs(num1) <= abs(num2);

and #include <algorithm> of course...

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This will work fine. DEMO is here

int main()
    int numbers[5] = {-3, 4, 5, -2, 2};

    std::sort(std::begin(numbers),std::end(numbers),[](int l, int r) {
        return (std::abs(l) < std::abs(r))
                 ||((std::abs(l) == std::abs(r)) && (l<r));

    for(const auto i : numbers){
        std::cout << i << " ";

    return 0;

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