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Re: Find last NZ in list

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  • Subject: [mg46115] Re: Find last NZ in list
  • From: "Bo Le" <bole79 at>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2004 04:01:58 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <bvvnir$j5k$>
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Your words are not very clear on what you want, either the last nonzero element or its
index, but from the examples you provide I guess it is the index.

I came up with a nice solution for the element and somewhat the same (fancied up)
construct to yours for the index:




Borut Levart

"Carlos Felippa" <carlos at> wrote in message news:bvvnir$j5k$1 at
> This is kind of an "esthetics" question.  In a program I am writing
> I need to find the last nonzero entry of a  1D list millions of
> times.  For example FindLastNonzero[{1,2,3,4,0,a,b-b,0,0}] -> 6,
> and FindLastNonzero[{0,0,0,0,0,0,0}] -> 0.
> Here are two ugly C-style implementations:
> FindLastNonzero[a_]:=Module[{n=Length[a]},
>      For [i=n,i>0,i--, If [a[[i]]==0,Continue[],Return[i],Return[i]]];
>      Return[0]];
> FindLastNonzero[a_]:=Module[{n=Length[a]},
>      For [i=n,i>0,i--, If [a[[i]]!=0,Return[i],Continue[i],Return[i]]];
>      Return[0]];
> Is there a built-in function, or something more elegant,
> available to do this job?  Find only works for text streams.
> Note that the If case "cannot tell if  entry is NZ" is important for
> symbolic lists.  That case should be evaluated as NZ.

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