ArgMin and ArgMax

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Functions ArgMin and ArgMax

ArgMax(x, i) returns the value of index i for which array x is largest. More specifically, it returns a value, ix, of i, such that x[i =ix] = Max(x, i). Similarly, ArgMin(x, i) returns the value of i for which x is smallest. If there are ties (e.g., x has two identical values that are largest, it returns the one nearer the end of i.

ArgMin is new to Analytica 4.0.


ArgMin( R : vector[I] ; I : ... optional IndexType ; position : optional boolean )
ArgMax( R : vector[I] ; I : ... optional IndexType ; position : optional boolean )

Single Index Usage

When ArgMin or ArgMax is used with a single index, as in the following usage

ArgMax( R:Car_prices, I:Car_type )

the value in index I is returned containing the extrema.

Multiple Index Usage

(new to 4.0)

You can specify more than one index, e.g.

ArgMin( R:Cost, I:Mpg,Car_type )

in order to find the coordinate in a multi-D array containing the minimum or maximum value.

When more than one index is specified, these functions return a coordinate at which the smallest (ArgMin) or largest (ArgMax) value occurs. The coordinate is a 1-D array indexed by a local index having the name .Dim. The elements of the local index are the index names, and the value of the result is the element from that index.

Positional Usage

By default, ArgMax (ArgMin) returns a value of the index. If you specify optional parameter position as true, they return the position of the value in the index for which x is maximum (minumum) -- a number. For example:

 ArgMax( R : Profit, I : UnitPrice, position : true )

This helps avoid ambiguity when the index contains duplicate values.

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