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Greatest element in list

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


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


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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