Re: Using Select with arrays? (Relative newbie)

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• Subject: [mg54249] Re: Using Select with arrays? (Relative newbie)
• From: Bob Hanlon <hanlonr at cox.net>
• Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 21:50:43 -0500 (EST)
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```data={
{1,1,string1,c,d} ,
{1,2,string2,c,d} ,
{1,3,string3,c,d} ,
{1,4,string4,c,d},
{2,1,string1,c,d},
{2,2,string2,c,d} ,
{3,1,string3,c,d} ,
{4,1,string2,c,d},
{4,2,string4,c,d}};

To select by value of first position

Select[data,First[#]==1&]

{{1, 1, string1, c, d}, {1, 2, string2, c, d},
{1, 3, string3, c, d}, {1, 4, string4, c, d}}

To select ALL members of subset with with specified value in first position
and maximum value in second position

pickMax2[data_, firstVal_] := Module[{t},
Select[
t=Select[data,First[#]==firstVal&],
#[[2]]==Max[t[[All,2]]]&]];

The result is a list of lists since there presumably could be more than one

pickMax2[data,1]

{{1, 4, string4, c, d}}

pickMax2[data,#]& /@ Range[Max[data[[All,1]]]]

{{{1, 4, string4, c, d}}, {{2, 2, string2, c, d}},
{{3, 1, string3, c, d}}, {{4, 2, string4, c, d}}}

Bob Hanlon

>
> From: Hugo Mallinson <hfm21 at cam.ac.uk>
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
> Date: 2005/02/13 Sun PM 10:17:04 EST
> To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
> Subject: [mg54249]  Using Select with arrays? (Relative newbie)
>
> The subject might not be entirely correct, but here is my problem:
>
> I have a list of 5-variable data points like
>
> data = {
> {1, 1, string1, c, d}
> {1, 2, string2, c, d}
> {1, 3, string3, c, d}
> {1, 4, string4, c, d}
> {2, 1, string1, c, d}
> {2, 2, string2, c, d}
> {3, 1, string3, c, d}
> {4, 1, string2, c, d}
> {4, 2, string4, c, d}
> }
>
>
> and I want to extract just the points that have 1 (or 2, etc) as their
> first value. I think I should do something like
>
> Select[data, {1, _Integer, _String, _Integer, _Integer}]
>
> but that doesn't work.
>
> Having done that I need to find the maximum value of #2 for each
> string, which I presumably do by the same method as above to extract
> all string1 (or ...2) and then use Map[] and Max[]. I would do this all
> with For loops (revealing my lack of Mathematica chops :-) ) but I'd
> really like to learn how to do this sort of extraction in a
> Mathematica-y way. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
>
> Hugo
>
>

```

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