TakeLargestBy

TakeLargestBy[list,f,n]

gives the n elements ei in list for which f[ei] is largest, sorted in descending order.

TakeLargestBy[listprop,f,n]

gives the property prop for the n elements in list for which f[ei] is largest.

TakeLargestBy[f,n]

represents an operator form of TakeLargestBy that can be applied to an expression.

Details and Options

• TakeLargestBy sorts the f[ei] by numerical magnitude.
• It handles numeric objects with real values, Quantity objects, and DateObject constructs.
• TakeLargestBy expects all the f[ei] to be comparable with one another.
• In TakeLargestBy[listprop,f,n], possible forms for prop include:
•  "Element" gives each element itself "Index" gives the index for each element "Value" gives the value f[x] for each element x {prop1,prop2,…} a list of multiple forms All gives an association with element, index and f value
• TakeLargestBy has option ExcludedForms. With the default setting , TakeLargestBy excludes from its final results elements for which f[ei] is None, Null, or Indeterminate, or has head Missing.
• The setting ExcludedForms->{p1,p2,} specifies that expressions for which f[ei] matches any of the pi should be excluded from results generated by TakeLargestBy.
• TakeLargestBy[list,f,UpTo[n]] takes n elements, or as many as are available.
• TakeLargestBy[assoc,f,n] gives an association of length n by taking the values in assoc that are largest according to f, preserving their keys.
• TakeLargestBy[f,n][list] is equivalent to TakeLargestBy[list,f,n].

Examples

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Basic Examples(3)

Take the two longest strings in a list:

Do the same using the operator form of TakeLargestBy:

Take the two longest strings in an association:

Give the four numbers farthest from zero:

Give the 4 numbers farthest from zero, or as many as are available if fewer:

Scope(5)

Get the two largest elements by magnitude in a list:

Get the positions of the two largest elements by magnitude in a list:

Get the two largest elements by magnitude in a list along with their positions:

Get the two largest elements by magnitude in a list with their positions given first:

Get associations containing the element, position and Abs value of the two largest elements by magnitude in a list:

Find the three capitals of continental US states that are farthest from Kansas City:

Find the five most recent James Bond movies:

Find the 15 countries with the longest names:

Applications(1)

Find the four US states with the largest number of neighboring states, and show them:

Possible Issues(2)

If fewer than the requested number of elements are present, TakeLargestBy will not evaluate:

If the f[ei] are not comparable, TakeLargestBy will not evaluate:

Neat Examples(1)

From the BRICS group of countries, give the country that is farthest from the current location:

Wolfram Research (2015), TakeLargestBy, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TakeLargestBy.html (updated 2020).

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Wolfram Research (2015), TakeLargestBy, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TakeLargestBy.html (updated 2020).

BibTeX

@misc{reference.wolfram_2021_takelargestby, author="Wolfram Research", title="{TakeLargestBy}", year="2020", howpublished="\url{https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TakeLargestBy.html}", note=[Accessed: 04-December-2021 ]}

BibLaTeX

@online{reference.wolfram_2021_takelargestby, organization={Wolfram Research}, title={TakeLargestBy}, year={2020}, url={https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TakeLargestBy.html}, note=[Accessed: 04-December-2021 ]}

CMS

Wolfram Language. 2015. "TakeLargestBy." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2020. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TakeLargestBy.html.

APA

Wolfram Language. (2015). TakeLargestBy. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/TakeLargestBy.html