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I have 10 sets of data, which are the result of measuring the way of a mass falling down over time, bringing a wheel into rotation when the mass hits the ground and then the wheel lifts the mass up again and so on. I want to determine the friction out of the procentual height-loss.

So my idea was to Import the 10 lists of data and I named them Reihe1 - Reihe10.

Now I need to find the local minima (which are the points that I need to determine the height of the mass):

peaks1 = FindPeaks[Reihe1[[All, 2]]]
peaks2 = FindPeaks[Reihe2[[All, 2]]]
peaks3 = FindPeaks[Reihe3[[All, 2]]]
peaks4 = FindPeaks[Reihe4[[All, 2]]]
peaks5 = FindPeaks[Reihe5[[All, 2]]]
peaks6 = FindPeaks[Reihe6[[All, 2]]]
peaks7 = FindPeaks[Reihe7[[All, 2]]]
peaks8 = FindPeaks[Reihe8[[All, 2]]]
peaks9 = FindPeaks[Reihe9[[All, 2]]]
peaks10 = FindPeaks[Reihe10[[All, 2]]]
ListLinePlot[Reihe1[[All, 2]], 
 Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.04], Point[peaks1]}
 ]
ListLinePlot[Reihe2[[All, 2]], 
 Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.04], Point[peaks2]}
 ]
ListLinePlot[Reihe3[[All, 2]], 
 Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.04], Point[peaks3]}
 ]
ListLinePlot[Reihe4[[All, 2]], 
 Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.04], Point[peaks4]}
 ]
ListLinePlot[Reihe5[[All, 2]], 
 Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.04], Point[peaks5]}
 ]
ListLinePlot[Reihe6[[All, 2]], 
 Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.04], Point[peaks6]}
 ]
ListLinePlot[Reihe7[[All, 2]], 
 Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.04], Point[peaks7]}
 ]
ListLinePlot[Reihe8[[All, 2]], 
 Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.04], Point[peaks8]}
 ]
ListLinePlot[Reihe9[[All, 2]], 
 Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.04], Point[peaks9]}
 ]
ListLinePlot[Reihe10[[All, 2]], 
 Epilog -> {Red, PointSize[0.04], Point[peaks10]}
 ]

This sometimes works:

workingg example

sometimes it works only for some peaks:

half-working example, some minima missing

sometimes it finds maxima and minima:

not working example: maxima and minima

What I don't understand is, although the 10 data-lists are almost the same, Mathematica seems to have trouble finding those peaks. Is there a better way to find the minima?

I also wonder why this function finds the minima, although the description says it finds maxima. I guess this is why I sometimes get maxima, too.

I would also like to get the x-values for the minimax, so I can plot them together with the original data. I have, on the x-axis, the number of the value, not its time because FindPeaks gives me the y-value, but not the x-value. But what I really need is a function that extracts the y-values of those local minima.

Any suggestions?

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  • $\begingroup$ Could you provide a sample of the data you are using? I tries with something similar but I cannot reproduce your error. Also keep in mind that FindPeaks accepts a scale parameter thus some of the peaks may be suppressed. $\endgroup$ – Batracos Mar 20 '15 at 9:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Batracos Thank you, here is a link to one of the datasets link $\endgroup$ – Rudolph Mar 20 '15 at 12:02
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    $\begingroup$ @Rudolph: The dataset you linked has no data in. $\endgroup$ – Mahdi Mar 22 '15 at 22:08
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    $\begingroup$ FindPeaks finds maxima, not minima. Are you sure you are showing the actual code you used? $\endgroup$ – bbgodfrey Apr 27 '15 at 3:10