[Rd] arr.ind argument to which.min and which.max

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Mon Jul 5 11:56:58 CEST 2010

>>>>> "PatB" == Patrick Burns <pburns at pburns.seanet.com>
>>>>>     on Sun, 04 Jul 2010 09:43:44 +0100 writes:

    PatB> Is there a reason that 'which.min' and
    PatB> 'which.max' don't have an 'arr.ind'
    PatB> argument?

well,  help(which.min)  tells you that they really were aimed at
doing their job *fast* for vectors.

Of course you are right and a generalization to arrays might be
convenient at times.

    PatB> The context in which I wanted that was
    PatB> a grid search optimization, which seems
    PatB> like it would be reasonably common to me.

well, as the author of these two functions, I can only say

      "patches are welcome!"

and I think should be pretty simple, right ?
You just have to do very simple remapping of the 1d index 'i' back
to the array index, i.e., the same operation
you need to transform seconds into days:hours:minutes:seconds
{{and yes, we old-timers may recall that APL had an operator (I
  think "T-bar") to do that ...}

Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich

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