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Re: Greatest element in list

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  • Subject: [mg30499] Re: Greatest element in list
  • From: "Allan Hayes" <hay at>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 04:05:58 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <9m27in$gqd$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


There some brackets missing.
Please try


Will give the first position of the maximum.

If this doesn't work please post examples.

Allan Hayes
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"Oliver Friedrich" <oliver.friedrich at> wrote in message
news:9m27in$gqd$1 at
> 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
> numbers must have at least one biggest element. So Max[#] can't be empty.
> Any solutions ?
> Oliver Friedrich

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