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Greatest element in list

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg30474] Greatest element in list
  • From: "Oliver Friedrich" <oliver.friedrich at tz-mikroelektronik.de>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 02:15:38 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hi,

what's the best way to get the position of the greatest number in list of
reals? I've tried

Position[#,Max[#]]&list

but surprisingly, it doesn't work all the time, sometimes it returns an
empty list. How is that, because a theorem says that a non empty set of real
numbers must have at least one biggest element. So Max[#] can't be empty.

Any solutions ?

Oliver Friedrich



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