Find two numbers of which the product is maximum in an array

Upasana | May 27, 2019 | 1 min read | 771 views | Java Coding Challenges

We can easily find two number in an array whose product is maximum using the below approach:

  1. Sort the input integer array in descending order

  2. multiply first and second element of the array, the product will be maximum.

Java 8 Implementation

Find product of max two elements of an integer array
import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.Comparator;

public class ArrayUtils {

    long productMinMax(Integer[] array) {
        Arrays.sort(array, Comparator.reverseOrder());
        int maxNumber = array[0];
        int secondMaxNumber = array[1];
        System.out.println("maxNumber = " + maxNumber);
        System.out.println("secondMaxNumber = " + secondMaxNumber);
        return secondMaxNumber * maxNumber;

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        long product = new ArrayUtils().productMinMax(new Integer[]{10, 11, 13, 9, 2, 4});
        System.out.println("Product of min and max element = " + product);
Program output
maxNumber = 13
secondMaxNumber = 11
Product of min and max element = 143

That’s all.

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