(Ted Harding) Ted.Harding at manchester.ac.uk
Sun Apr 18 01:28:19 CEST 2010

```On 17-Apr-10 23:14:32, Mark Na wrote:
> Hello,
> I have two vectors of length = 10
>
> x<-c(2,14,79,27,3,126,15,1,12,4)
> y<-rep(4,10)
>
> and I would like to create a third vector of length = 10 that
> contains the smallest value at each position in the two above vectors.
>
> I have tried:
>
> z<-min(x,y)
>
> but that doesn't work.
>
> With the example data above, the third vector would look like this.
>
>> z
>  [1]   2  4  4  4   3 4  4   1  4   4
>
> Any help with this would be much appreciated, thanks!
>
> mark

What you need is pmin()

>From ?min :
'max' and 'min' return the maximum or minimum of _all_ the
values present in their arguments

Note "all": in other words, your min(x,y) is equivalent to

min(c(2,14,79,27,3,126,15,1,12,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4))

(which = 1).

Further from ?min :

'pmax' and 'pmin take one or more vectors (or matrices)
as arguments and return a single vector giving the
'parallel' maxima (or minima) of the vectors. The first
element of the result is the maximum (minimum) of the
first elements of all the arguments, the second element of
the result is the maximum (minimum) of the second elements
of all the arguments and so on.

Hence pmin() ("p" for "parallel").

Ted.

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