# To find the maximum value in a matrix?

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Let me have a 3X3 matrix
6 8 9
7 10 11
21 22 8
How to find the maximum value from this matrix?
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KHOIROM Motilal 2016-3-17

• clc
• close all
• clear all
• X=[99 67 65;
• 63 62 61;
• 41 40 9];
• MAX=X(1,1);
• for i=1:3
• for j=1:3
• if MAX<= X(i,j);
• MAX=X(i,j);
• end
• end
• end
• disp(MAX)

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Michael Völker 2012-9-5

Starting in R2018b, you can use the following command to find the maximum over all elements in an array A:
M = max(A, [], 'all');
For previous releases, use:
M = max(A(:));
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Steven Lord 2022-12-11
The max function's first two inputs are the two matrices whose values you want to compare. If you only want to compute the maximum of one matrix, you need something to use as a placeholder for that second matrix. Otherwise if you wrote something like this, are you asking for the maximum of the elements of a matrix and the value 1 or are you asking for the maximum along the 1st dimension?
max(A, 1)
To break that ambiguity, that syntax is interpreted as the former (the maximum of the elements of A and the value 1) while the following is the latter (the maximum along the 1st dimension.)
max(A, [], 1)

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Azzi Abdelmalek 2012-9-5
max(max(A))
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DGM 2022-12-11
Not that this is a good idea, but for an arbitrary number of dimensions:
A = rand(100,100,100,10); % a fairly large ND array
% find global maximum of A
maxval = max(A);
for n = 2:ndims(A)
maxval = max(maxval);
end
maxval
maxval = 1.0000
It hasn't been so for quite some time, but in my experience, this iterative approach had a significant speed advantage with larger N-D arrays in older versions (2x-3x as fast as max(A(:)) for the arrays I was using). I don't remember if that advantage still existed in R2012x, but it did in R2009b. In current versions, using vectorization or 'all' are faster for small arrays and roughly equivalent for large arrays. That's on my hardware, so I make no guarantees that it's exactly universal.
Performance aside, it's hard to justify this verbose method over the canonical techniques, if only for the sake of readability.
It's not something I'd recommend, and I doubt that the legacy performance is the typical reason that people gravitate to the approach, but I thought it was interesting to note for old time's sake.

Tom 2020-1-28
M = max(A,[],'all') finds the maximum over all elements of A. This syntax is valid for MATLAB® versions R2018b and later.
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Steven Lord 2020-3-25
The [] as the second input is required when you want to specify a dimension, including 'all'. The function call max(A, 'all') only works if A and 'all' are compatibly sized.
>> max(1:3, 'all')
ans =
97 108 108
>> max(1:3, [], 'all')
ans =
3

Dmaldo01 2016-4-22

This will work for all dimensions. If more efficient than ind2sub for less than 16000 elements.
[M,Index] = maxEl(MatVar)
index = size(MatVar);
Index = index*0;
M = max(MatVar(:));
A = find(MatVar==max(MatVar(:)),1);
for i = 1:length(index)
Index(i) = mod(ceil(A),index(i));
A = A/index(i);
end
Index(Index==0)=index(Index==0);
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Yokesh 2019-5-16
If matrix dimension is 'n', then max element can be found by:
max(max(.....maxn^2((A))...)
We have to include n^2 times max
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Walter Roberson 2020-3-25
Also it would only be n max calls.

JPS 2021-2-6
or you can use,
M = max(max(A));
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Walter Roberson 2021-3-15
A = [1 3 2 5; 7 9 12 8; 12 8 9 0]
A = 3×4
1 3 2 5 7 9 12 8 12 8 9 0
[best3, best3idx] = maxk(A(:),3)
best3 = 3×1
12 12 9
best3idx = 3×1
3 8 5
The three maximum values are 12, 12, and 9, not 12, 9, and 8. If you are interested in the three maximum unique values, then you need to explicitly take into account that some values occur more than once.
k = 3;
uA = unique(A, 'sorted');
nresults = min(length(uA), k);
results = cell(nresults, 1);
for K = 1 : k
this_max = uA(end-K+1);
results{K,1} = this_max;
results{K,2} = find(A==this_max).';
end
disp(results)
{} {[ 3 8]} {[ 9]} {[ 5 9]} {[ 8]} {[6 11]}
The output is a cell array, in which the first column gives you the value that is the maximum, and the second column gives you all the linear indices into the array. The code could be modified to give row and column outputs instead without much change.
The code does not assume that the number of occurrences is the same for each of the values (if that were known to be true then a numeric array could be created instead of a cell array.)

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