gives the position of the element with the maximum absolute value in a vector x.


  • To use IAMAX, you first need to load the BLAS Package using Needs["LinearAlgebra`BLAS`"].
  • The following argument must be given:
  • xinput expressionvector
  • For complex vectors x, IAMAX locates the element with the greatest sum of absolute values of the real and imaginary parts.
  • If x contains non-numeric elements, then IAMAX[x] always returns $Failed.
  • For duplicate entries the first position found is returned.


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Basic Examples  (1)

Load the BLAS package:

Find the position of the element with the largest absolute value in a vector:

Scope  (4)

A real vector:

A complex vector:

An arbitrary-precision vector:

Vectors with symbolic entries will return $Failed:

Properties & Relations  (1)

IAMAX[x] is equivalent to Part[Position[Abs[x],Max[Abs[x]]],1,1] for real-valued vectors:

A similar relation is true for complex-valued vectors :

Possible Issues  (2)

If there are multiple elements with the same maximum absolute value, the position of the first one is returned:

If a vector contains a symbol, IAMAX returns $Failed: