# re: st: row number corresponding to a column maximum

 From Kit Baum To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject re: st: row number corresponding to a column maximum Date Tue, 28 Jul 2009 18:04:24 -0400

```<>
Gabi proposed

real scalar maxneighbor(real matrix A, real scalar i, real scalar j) {
real scalar k, r, max
r=rows(A)
max=colmax(A)[1,j]
k=1
while(A[k,j]<max) {
k=k+1
}
return(A[k,i]) }

```
I can't see how that can work with colmax(A)[1,j] being hardcoded to look at only the first row of A.
```
A solution to the problem, I believe, is

capture mata mata drop maxneighbor()
mata
x = 1,55 \ 2,44 \ 3,33 \ 2,22 \ 2,11

real scalar maxneighbor(real matrix A, real scalar i, real scalar j)
{
real scalar k, max
maxindex(A[.,j], 1, ii, w)
return(A[ii[1,1],i])
}

ival = maxneighbor( x, 2, 1)
ival
end

```
which will find the first instance of the maximum value in column j. It does not deal with ties.
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