I am trying to make a program that calculates the distance between several cities and prints out the shortest distance of them all, the input will come from a textfile e.g
3 3 A 2 1 B 1 2 C 2 2 where the first two numbers are row and columns of the array respectively, A is the name of the city and the two numbers after it are the x and y co-ordinates, I have read in the data I am having trouble looping through the data.
Here is what I have done so far:

#include <vector>

using namespace std;

int main(int argc,char* argv[])
 int ycord=0;
 int xcord=0;
 int rows=0;
 int cols=0; 
 int** array;

vector<string> cities;
 array = new int*[rows];
 string str="";
ifstream input(argv[1]);
ofstream output(argv[2]);
    int num=cols*2;
     array[0]=new int[num];

      for(int j=0; j<num; j++)

    /*while(input >> str >> xcord >> ycord)

      for(int i=0; i<num;i+=2)
         input >> ycord;
  for(int j=0; j<num; j++)
  for(int i=0; i<cities.size();i++)
   cout<<"Cities: "<<cities.at(i)<<endl;

return 0;   

I store the co-ordinates in a 2d array with 1 row and 6 columns

Trying to do that with multiple arrays is not a good idea because its difficult to keep the data together for any given city. A more convenient way to do it is to create a structure for the data

struct city
   std::string name;
   int x;
   int y;

Now just make a vector of the above structure. It completely eliminates the need to use the new operator to allocate memory for anything.

vector<city> cities;
city c;
while( input >> c.name >> c.x >> c.y )
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