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Re: How to get the index of smallest whole number in an array?

by hda (Chaplain)
on Jul 01, 2018 at 09:59 UTC ( [id://1217684]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to How to get the index of smallest whole number in an array?

Interesting problem and discussion. I have little to add to what has already been said, but wanted to note that a solution to the problem of finding the index of the minimum in an array is conveniently implemented in Perl Data Language (PDL) with the minimum_ind function.

From the manual:
Module PDL::Ufunc minimum_ind Signature: (a(n); indx [o] c()) Like minimum but returns the index rather than the value Output is set bad if all elements of the input are bad, otherwise +the bad flag is cleared for the output piddle.
So, in principle, assumming you already have an array @array you could do:
use PDL; my $piddle = pdl @array; my $index_minimum = minimum_ind $piddle; say $index_minimum;

You could try to reduce your problem so you can use a minimum_ind approach, for example, if you have negative numbers you could convert them to NaN or take abs and make them positive, whatever is important or relevant in your context.

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