# Bucket Sort To Sort an Array with Negative Numbers

We have discussed bucket sort in the main post on Bucket Sort .
Bucket sort is mainly useful when input is uniformly distributed over a range. For example, consider the problem of sorting a large set of floating point numbers which are in range from 0.0 to 1.0 and are uniformly distributed across the range. In the above post, we have discussed Bucket Sort to sort numbers which are greater than zero.

How to modify Bucket Sort to sort both positive and negative numbers?

Example:

```Input : arr[] = { -0.897, 0.565, 0.656, -0.1234, 0, 0.3434 }
Output : -0.897 -0.1234  0 0.3434 0.565 0.656
```

## Recommended: Please try your approach on {IDE} first, before moving on to the solution.

Here we considering number is in range -1.0 to 1.0 (floating point number)
Algorithm :

```sortMixed(arr[], n)
1) Split array into two parts
create two Empty vector Neg[], Pos[]
(for negative and positive element respectively)
Store all negative element in Neg[] by converting
into positive (Neg[i] = -1 * Arr[i] )
Store all +ve in pos[]  (pos[i] =  Arr[i])
2) Call function bucketSortPositive(Pos, pos.size())
Call function bucketSortPositive(Neg, Neg.size())

bucketSortPositive(arr[], n)
3) Create n empty buckets (Or lists).
4) Do following for every array element arr[i].
a) Insert arr[i] into bucket[n*array[i]]
5) Sort individual buckets using insertion sort.
6) Concatenate all sorted buckets.
```

Below is c++ implementation of above idea (for floating point number )

 `// C++ program to sort an array of positive ` `// and negative numbers using bucket sort ` `#include ` `using` `namespace` `std; ` ` `  `// Function to sort arr[] of size n using ` `// bucket sort ` `void` `bucketSort(vector<``float``> &arr, ``int` `n) ` `{ ` `    ``// 1) Create n empty buckets ` `    ``vector<``float``> b[n]; ` ` `  `    ``// 2) Put array elements in different ` `    ``//    buckets ` `    ``for` `(``int` `i=0; iNeg ; ` `    ``vector<``float``>Pos; ` ` `  `    ``// traverse array elements ` `    ``for` `(``int` `i=0; i

Output:

```Sorted array is
-0.897  -0.1234 0 0.3434 0.565 0.656
```

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