Re: Find index of maximal element in multi-dimensional array

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• Subject: [mg73522] Re: Find index of maximal element in multi-dimensional array
• From: "Norbert Marxer" <marxer at mec.li>
• Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 01:42:20 -0500 (EST)
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```On 20 Feb., 12:17, "Andrew Moylan" <andrew.j.moy... at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Here's a two-dimensional array of numbers:
>
> z = Table[Random[], {5}, {6}]
>
> What's an efficient way of finding the index of the maximal element of
> z? Here's one way:
>
> Last[Sort[Flatten[MapIndexed[{#2, #1} & , z, {2}], 1],
>    OrderedQ[{#1[[2]], #2[[2]]}] & ]]
>
> The output is like this:
>
> {{5, 4}, 0.921344}
>
> But it's so untidy. Any better ideas?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Andrew

Hi Andrew

You can use

Position[z, Max[z]]

if you just want the index. Or you can use

{Position[z, m = Max[z]], m}

if you want both the index and the value.

Best Regards
Norbert Marxer
www.mec.li

```

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