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# Re: maximum value in a column of file

 P: n/a maurizio wrote: i tryed to use the module max of numpy, the problem is that i don't know how to put the column of the file in an array. (i'm new in phyton). anyway if you think there is a better way..... What kind of file is it? Did you pick numpy because you want to do matrix operations (beyond just finding a maximum value), or was it just the first thing you stumbled upon when researching the problem? A simple pattern for finding the maximum value in a file, using only plain Python code, is: max_value = ... some very small value ... for line in file: value = ... extract value from line ... if value max_value: max_value = value If it's not obvious what "some very small value" is, given the range of data you're working with, you can do max_value = None for line in file: value = ... extract value from line ... if max_value is None or value max_value: max_value = value instead (this leaves max_value set to None if the file is empty) A more experienced Python hacker might write def get_all_values(file): for line in file: value = ... extract value from line ... yield value ... max_value = max(get_all_values(file)) instead. But this still leaves us with the problem of extracting the value. The best way to do that depends on the kind of files you're working with; for fixed-format text files, you could use string slicing and int/float for conversion (e.g. "value = float(line[10:20])", see the tutorial for details); for other text formats, you could use split/partition or regular expressions, or maybe an existing module (such as "csv"); for binary formats, there's a large number of existing tools. And if you really want to use numpy for other reasons than just getting a maximum value from a column, there's plenty of stuff in NumPy and SciPy (http://www.scipy.org/) that might be useful. So, in other words, I guess we still need more info. Jul 23 '08 #1
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