# Learn Basic Algorithmic Thinking by Building a Number Sorter - Step 27

### Tell us what’s happening:i am trying to declare a tem variable after the for loop which i thought i already did but my code still wont pass

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``````const selectionSort = (array) => {
for (let i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
let minIndex = i;
for (let j = i + 1; j < array.length; j++) {
console.log(array, array[j], array[minIndex]);
if (array[j] < array[minIndex]) {
minIndex = j;
}let temp = array[i];
array[i] = array[minIndex];
array[minIndex] = temp;

}

}
}
``````

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### Challenge Information:

Learn Basic Algorithmic Thinking by Building a Number Sorter - Step 27

the hint says

After your nested `for` loop, you should declare a `temp` variable.

individuate the end of the loop and write after it

like this:

``````const selectionSort = (array) => {
for (let i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
let minIndex = i;

for (let j = i + 1; j < array.length; j++) {
console.log(array, array[j], array[minIndex]);
if (array[j] < array[minIndex]) {
minIndex = j;
}
};

let temp = array[i];
array[i] = array[minIndex];
array[minIndex] = temp;

}
``````

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it says “nested for loop”, there are two loops in the code, make sure you write after the correct one

that is what i thought i did here.

``````  for (let i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
let minIndex = i;

for (let j = i + 1; j < array.length; j++) {
console.log(array, array[j], array[minIndex]);
if (array[j] < array[minIndex]) {
minIndex = j;
}
}
let temp = array[i];
array[i] = array[minIndex];
array[minIndex] = temp;
}
} `````````

I can’t follow your parenthesis, from what you posted it looks like there is an extra one, make sure you have exactly one closing for each opening

``````  for (let i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
let minIndex = i;}

for (let j = i + 1; j < array.length; j++) {
console.log(array, array[j], array[minIndex]);}
if (array[j] < array[minIndex]) {
minIndex = j;
}let temp = array[i];
array[i] = array[minIndex];
array[minIndex] = temp;
}`````````

this loop should have a lot of stuff inside, shouldn’t it?

why don’t you share all the code in the editor? it’s difficult to look for syntax error with only a portion

but remember, you need to write your code inside the outer loop, so I suggest you reset the code and try again

here is all the code:

``````  for (let i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
let minIndex = i;

for (let j = i + 1; j < array.length; j++) {
console.log(array, array[j], array[minIndex]);
if (array[j] < array[minIndex]) {
minIndex = j;
}
}

}`````````

All of it, you can select it all with Ctrl+A

okay

``````
const sortInputArray = (event) => {
event.preventDefault();

const inputValues = [
...document.getElementsByClassName("values-dropdown")
].map((dropdown) => Number(dropdown.value));

const sortedValues = selectionSort(inputValues);

updateUI(sortedValues);
}

const updateUI = (array = []) => {
array.forEach((num, i) => {
const outputValueNode = document.getElementById(`output-value-\${i}`);
outputValueNode.innerText = num;
})
}

const bubbleSort = (array) => {
for (let i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
for (let j = 0; j < array.length - 1; j++) {
if (array[j] > array[j + 1]) {
const temp = array[j];
array[j] = array[j + 1];
array[j + 1] = temp;
}
}
}

return array;
}

const selectionSort = (array) => {
for (let i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
let minIndex = i;

for (let j = i + 1; j < array.length; j++) {
console.log(array, array[j], array[minIndex]);
if (array[j] < array[minIndex]) {
minIndex = j;
}
}

}
}

you are missing the code to add this step

this is the code:

``````
Like you did in your bubble sort, use a temp variable to extract the value at i, then swap the values at i and minIndex.
const selectionSort = (array) => {
for (let i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
let minIndex = i;

for (let j = i + 1; j < array.length; j++) {
console.log(array, array[j], array[minIndex]);
if (array[j] < array[minIndex]) {
minIndex = j;
}
}

}
}`````````

I don’t see any temp variable here

i tried to individuate each loop before adding the temp variable and it says same thing.

here:

``````const selectionSort = (array) => {
for (let i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
let minIndex = i;}

for (let j = i + 1; j < array.length; j++) {
console.log(array, array[j], array[minIndex]);}
if (array[j] < array[minIndex]) {
minIndex = j;
}let temp = array[i];
array[i] = array[minIndex];
array[minIndex] = temp;
}
``````

please format your code approrpiately… you can let the editor do that by right clicking and selecting “Format Document”

Also I still can’t see the whole code, please post the whole code

there was an IF statement inside this loop, you removed it, please do not change any of the code

you mean like this:

``````
const sortInputArray = (event) => {
event.preventDefault();

const inputValues = [
...document.getElementsByClassName("values-dropdown")
].map((dropdown) => Number(dropdown.value));

const sortedValues = selectionSort(inputValues);

updateUI(sortedValues);
}

const updateUI = (array = []) => {
array.forEach((num, i) => {
const outputValueNode = document.getElementById(`output-value-\${i}`);
outputValueNode.innerText = num;
})
}

const bubbleSort = (array) => {
for (let i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
for (let j = 0; j < array.length - 1; j++) {
if (array[j] > array[j + 1]) {
const temp = array[j];
array[j] = array[j + 1];
array[j + 1] = temp;
}
}
}

return array;
}

const selectionSort = (array) => {
for (let i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
let minIndex = i;
}

for (let j = i + 1; j < array.length; j++) {
console.log(array, array[j], array[minIndex]);
}
if (array[j] < array[minIndex]) {
minIndex = j;
} let temp = array[i];
array[i] = array[minIndex];
array[minIndex] = temp;
}

please reset the step, you have changed stuff you should not change, the `if` should be inside the `for` loop