# Get the biggest chronological drop, min and max from an array with O(n)

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I have written a javascript function for analyzing the biggest drop in an array. But one little issue is still there. As the max value, I always get max value from my hole array and not from my drop.

Example: Array: [100,90,80,120]

The biggest drop would be between 100 and 80. So max must be 100, and min 80. My function always returns the highest value from the whole array. in my case 120

``function checkData(data) {   let max = 0   let min = 0   let drop = 0    for (let i = 0; i < data.length; i++) {       if (max < data[i]) {           max = data[i] //?       } else {           let tempDrop = max - data[i]           drop = Math.max(tempDrop, drop)           min = max - drop       }   }   return [max, min, drop] } ``

I want to get the chronological correct biggest delta from left to right Your loop should keep track of the current drop and compare it to the previous largest drop. You can do this by tracking indexes:

``function checkData(data) {   let bestDropStart = 0   let bestDropEnd = 0   let bestDrop = 0   let currentDropStart = 0   let currentDropEnd = 0   let currentDrop = 0   for (let i = 1; i < data.length; i++) {     if (data[i] < data[i - 1]) {       // we are dropping       currentDropEnd = i       currentDrop = data[currentDropStart] - data[i]     } else {       // the current drop ended; check if it's better       if (currentDrop > bestDrop) {         bestDrop = currentDrop         bestDropStart = currentDropStart         bestDropEnd = currentDropEnd       }       // start a new drop       currentDropStart = currentDropEnd = i       currentDrop = 0     }   }   // check for a best drop at end of data   if (currentDrop > bestDrop) {     bestDrop = currentDrop     bestDropStart = currentDropStart     bestDropEnd = currentDropEnd   }   // return the best drop data   return [data[bestDropStart], data[bestDropEnd], bestDrop] }  console.log(checkData([100, 90, 80, 120])) console.log(checkData([100, 90, 80, 120, 30])) console.log(checkData([70, 100, 90, 80])) console.log(checkData([100, 90, 80, 120, 30, 50]))``

You can also do it by just keeping the start and end values for the current and best drops, but my preference would be to explicitly track the indexes. It just seems clearer (easier to debug and maintain) to me that way.