# Find Two Array Elements Having Maximum Sum in Java?

Two elements giving the maximum sum in an array means, we have to find two largest array elements which will eventually give the maximum sum possible.

In this article we will see how we can find the maximum sum of two elements in Java.

## To show you some instances

### Instance-1

Suppose we have the below array

[10, 2, 3, -5, 99, 12, 0, -1]

In this array the largest element is 99 and second largest is 12.

Max sum = 99 + 12

Hence the maximum sum of two elements in this array is 111.

### Instance-2

Suppose we have the below array

[556, 10, 259, 874, 123, 453, -96, -54, -2369]

In this array the largest element is 874 and the second largest is 556.

Max sum = 874+556

Hence the maximum sum of two elements in this array is 1430.

### Instance-3

Suppose we have the below array

[55, 10, 29, 74, 12, 45, 6, 5, 269]

In this array the largest element is 269 and the second largest is 74.

Max sum= 269+74

Hence the maximum sum of two elements in this array is 343.

### Algorithm-1

Step 1 − Use a for loop to find the largest and second largest element in the array.

Step 2 − Find their sum.

Step 3 − Print the sum.

### Algorithm-2

Step 1 − Sort the array elements.

Step 2 −Take the last and second last element of the array.

Step 3 − Find their sum.

Step 4 − Print the sum.

### Syntax

To sort the array we need to use the sort( ) method of the Arrays class of java.util package.

Following is the syntax to sort any array in ascending order using the method

Arrays.sort(array_name);

Where, ‘array_name’ refers to the array that you want to sort.

### Multiple Approaches

We have provided the solution in different approaches.

• Find The Largest Sum Using for Loop

• Find The Largest Sum Using Arrays.sort

Let’s see the program along with its output one by one.

## Approach-1: By Using for Loop

In this approach, we use a for loop to iterate through the array elements to find out the largest and second largest element. These two elements will give the maximum sum.

### Example

public class Main {
public static void main(String[] args) {
// The array elements
int arr[] = { 10, 2, 3, -5, 99, 12, 0, -1 };

// Storing the first element in both variables
int first = arr, second = arr;

// For loop to iterate the elements from 1 to n
// to find the first largest element
for (int i = 0; i < arr.length; i++) {

// If array element is larger than current largest element, then swap
if (arr[i] > first)
first = arr[i];
}

// For loop to iterate the elements from 1 to n
// to find the second largest element
for (int i = 0; i < arr.length; i++) {

// If array element is larger than current largest element and not equals to
// largest element, then swap
if (arr[i] > second && arr[i] != first)
second = arr[i];
}

// Print the sum
System.out.println("Largest sum = " + (first + second));
System.out.println("The elements are " + first + " and " + second);
}
}


### Output

Largest sum = 111
The elements are 99 and 12


## Approach-2: By Using Arrays.sort

In this approach, we sort the array using the Arrays.sort( ) method. Then we take the elements at last and second last index. As the array was sorted already, these two elements will give the maximum sum.

### Example

import java.util.Arrays;
public class Main {
public static void main(String[] args) {
// The array elements
int arr[] = { 10, 2, 3, -5, 99, 12, 0, -1 };

// Sort the array using the sort method from array class
Arrays.sort(arr);

// Storing the last element as largest and second last element as second largest
int first = arr[arr.length - 1], second = arr[arr.length - 2];

// Print the maximum sum
System.out.println("Maximum sum = " + (first + second));
System.out.println("The elements are " + first + " and " + second);
}
}


### Output

Maximum sum = 104
The elements are 99 and 12


In this article, we explored different approaches to find two elements in an array with maximum sum in Java.