# Re: Sorting of Data Lists

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• Subject: [mg11036] Re: Sorting of Data Lists
• From: bawolk@ucdavis.edu (Bruce Wolk)
• Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 20:31:35 -0500
• Organization: University of California, Davis
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```On 16 Feb 1998 19:51:03 -0500, CFreitas@swri.edu wrote:

>I have two equal length vector sets of data.  I wish to form a third vector
>whose elements are the minimum values from each component of the other two
>vectors; i.e., if a(i) < b(i), then c(i) = a(i), else c(i) = b(i).  I have
>tried many different methods within Mathematica 3.0 and have not been
>successful.  I would appreciate any suggestions as to how to accomplish this
>Thank you.
>
>Dr. Christopher J. Freitas
>Principal Engineer - Computational Mechanics
>Southwest Research Institute
>Voice: 210-522-2137, Fax: 210-522-3042
>
The following should work.

In[3]:=
a={1,2,3,4,5}
Out[3]=
{1,2,3,4,5}
In[4]:=
b={0,3,3,5,1}
Out[4]=
{0,3,3,5,1}
In[5]:=
Map[Apply[Min,#]&,Transpose[{a,b}]]
Out[5]=
{0,2,3,4,1}

Bruce

```

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