Mathematica 9 is now available
Services & Resources / Wolfram Forums / MathGroup Archive
-----

MathGroup Archive 2009

[Date Index] [Thread Index] [Author Index]

Search the Archive

Re: Maximum in a list

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg97240] Re: [mg97209] Maximum in a list
  • From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at austin.rr.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 01:03:31 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <200903081050.FAA21521@smc.vnet.net>
  • Reply-to: drmajorbob at bigfoot.com

Here's a simple method:

mylist = {{1, 2}, {3, 4}, {8, 3}};
select[s_List] := s[[Ordering[s[[All, 2]], -1]]]

mylist = RandomInteger[{1, 4}, {50, 2}]
select@mylist

{{3, 3}, {1, 2}, {4, 1}, {1, 3}, {4, 3}, {1, 4}, {1, 2}, {1, 4}, {1,
   3}, {3, 4}, {4, 2}, {3, 1}, {2, 1}, {3, 3}, {3, 4}, {4, 2}, {4,
   4}, {2, 1}, {4, 2}, {4, 3}, {1, 3}, {3, 2}, {2, 2}, {4, 2}, {2,
   4}, {1, 4}, {4, 1}, {4, 3}, {3, 1}, {3, 1}, {3, 4}, {2, 1}, {3,
   3}, {4, 1}, {3, 1}, {4, 3}, {3, 4}, {4, 4}, {2, 1}, {4, 3}, {3,
   1}, {4, 2}, {1, 1}, {3, 2}, {1, 2}, {2, 1}, {4, 1}, {1, 2}, {3,
   3}, {1, 4}}

{{1, 4}}

"select" returns the LAST element for which the second element is maximum,  
which may not be what you want. If you want the FIRST such element, change  
"select" to

Clear[select]
select[s_List] := s[[Ordering[Reverse@s[[All, 2]], -1]]]

select@mylist

{{1, 2}}

For either of those, you could add First@ to get only the element, rather  
than a list with only that element:

Clear[select]
select[s_List] := First@s[[Ordering[Reverse@s[[All, 2]], -1]]]

select@mylist

{1, 2}

If you want ALL pairs for which the second element is maximum, then:

Clear[select]
select[s_List] := Extract[s, Position[s[[All, 2]], Max@s[[All, 2]]]]

select@mylist

{{1, 4}, {1, 4}, {3, 4}, {3, 4}, {4, 4}, {2, 4}, {1, 4}, {3, 4}, {3,
   4}, {4, 4}, {1, 4}}

If you want the same thing without repeats, you can do it with:

Clear[select]
select[s_List] :=
  Union@Extract[s, Position[s[[All, 2]], Max@s[[All, 2]]]]

select@mylist

{{1, 4}, {2, 4}, {3, 4}, {4, 4}}

or

Clear[select, unsortedUnion]
unsortedUnion[s_List] := Tally[s][[All, 1]]
select[s_List] :=
  unsortedUnion@Extract[s, Position[s[[All, 2]], Max@s[[All, 2]]]]

select@mylist

{{1, 4}, {3, 4}, {4, 4}, {2, 4}}

or

Clear[select]
select[s_List] :=
  DeleteDuplicates@Extract[s, Position[s[[All, 2]], Max@s[[All, 2]]]]

select@mylist

{{1, 4}, {3, 4}, {4, 4}, {2, 4}}

Bobby

On Sun, 08 Mar 2009 05:50:59 -0500, pacotomi <pacotomi at orange.fr> wrote:

> Hi,
>  Suppose a list
>
> mylist={{1,2},{3,4},{8,3}}
>
> I would like to extract the element {i,j} of mylist for which j is max
> (here, it is the second one {3,4}).
>
> Somebody could help me, please?
>
> Pacotomi
>
>
>
>



-- 
DrMajorBob at bigfoot.com


  • Prev by Date: Re: Forgets Variables?
  • Next by Date: Re: Mathematica 7.0.1.0 and some General Comments
  • Previous by thread: Re: Maximum in a list
  • Next by thread: Re: Maximum in a list