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We can use Max[exampleList] or Min[exampleList] to find the maxima and minima of exampleList, however, is there a similar standalone function that returns something like {position in array, maximum value in the array} or {position in array, minimum value in the array}, i.e. both the position and value of the maximum or minimum element in exampleList? It seems awkward to have to write Position[exampleList,Max[exampleList]] or Position[exampleList,Min[exampleList]]?

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marked as duplicate by Sjoerd C. de Vries, Mr.Wizard Apr 9 '14 at 9:56

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Take a look at for the position. –  blochwave Apr 9 '14 at 8:55
@blochwave Yes, thank you, that's what I was looking for. –  Geof Apr 9 '14 at 9:00
Related: (900), (1342), (2177) –  Mr.Wizard Apr 9 '14 at 9:57

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or shorter (per your comment...)


will do the trick, obviously change Max to Min for minimum...

Or, as suggested in comments


Will give positions of minimum and maximum, respectively.

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Why can't we just write Position[exampleList,Max[exampleList]]? Sorry, I wrote that just as you were posting this answer. –  Geof Apr 9 '14 at 8:56
@Geof: Well, for one thing, that's incomplete. The first argument to Position is the target list, and Max does not return a list... –  ciao Apr 9 '14 at 8:57
OK, I like the use of Ordering here, that's what I was after! –  Geof Apr 9 '14 at 8:58
Sorry, that was a typo, I fixed the comment. I meant, why can't "(#==Max[list]&)" just be "Max[exampleList]"? –  Geof Apr 9 '14 at 8:58
@geof: you can, I'm just in the habit of having complex functions there... –  ciao Apr 9 '14 at 8:59

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