# Add elements to the maximum values of a list

Hi i have a list of n elements and i want to know the 30 maxim values of list without changing his order. And suppose that i have a second list with n elements and i want to add this elements to the previous list but just to the 30 ones that have the maximum values, and also without changing his order. How i can do this? This is the code that i use to add elements to other list but i donÂ´t know how to do it in the way that i explain before.

plotData = Partition[Riffle[informacion1, desvi], 2]

Any suggestions?

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Check out Ordering in the docs.
– N.J.Evans
Sep 17 ’15 at 2:23

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To find the 30 largest of your first list, we’ll call it list1, use

TakeLargest[lis1,30]

To then add only to these largest from the second list, let’s call it list2, we can use Ordering to identify the positions where the 30 largest are.

list3=list1;
(list3[[#]] = list1[[#]] + list2[[#]]) &@Ordering[list1, -30]

Then list3 will contain a copy of list1 with only the desired elements changed.

Edit: A small demo.

list1 = RandomInteger[1000, 10]
list2 = RandomInteger[1000, 10]
list3 = list1;
(list3[[#]] = list1[[#]] + list2[[#]]) &@Ordering[list1, -4];
list3

Sort[list1]
Sort[list3]

{383, 226, 192, 397, 565, 60, 184, 535, 423, 77}
{667, 297, 386, 866, 625, 881, 233, 327, 288, 411}
{383, 226, 192, 1263, 1190, 60, 184, 862, 711, 77}

{60, 77, 184, 192, 226, 383, 397, 423, 535, 565}
{60, 77, 184, 192, 226, 383, 711, 862, 1190, 1263}

Notice only the 4 largest in list1 see their values change in list3, while the order is retained.

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Or (list3[[#]] += list2[[#]]) &@Ordering[list1, -4];
– Dr. belisarius
Sep 17 ’15 at 7:19

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@belisarius Ah yes, the compound operator. If only Matlab hadn’t broken me of expecting such a convenience in computational software, I’d be much better at remembering it’s available in Mathematica. D=
– IPoiler
Sep 17 ’15 at 8:06

As N.J.Evans hinted you can do the first part with Ordering. I’ll take the largest seven instead of 30 for brevity, and use n = 20. First generate sample data:

n = 20;
p = 7;
SeedRandom[0]
list = RandomInteger[99, 20]

{83, 66, 4, 21, 71, 67, 16, 67, 76, 28, 21, 43, 17, 46, 53, 84, 85, 17, 50, 15}

Find the places of the largest seven values:

m = Ordering[list, -p]

{6, 8, 5, 9, 1, 16, 17}

Sort that list of places to keep them in order:

m = Sort[m]

{1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 16, 17}

Extract the values from list:

list[[m]]

{83, 71, 67, 67, 76, 84, 85}

I am not sure I follow the second part of the question but I think this does what you want:

SeedRandom[1]
list2 = RandomInteger[99, 20]

{80, 14, 0, 67, 3, 65, 23, 97, 68, 74, 15, 24, 4, 90, 83, 70, 1, 30, 48, 25}

m2 = Sort @ Ordering[list2, -p]

{1, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16}

list2[[m2]]

{80, 97, 68, 74, 90, 83, 70}

list3 = list;
list3[[m]] = {list3[[m]], list2[[m2]]}\[Transpose];

list3

{{83, 80}, 66, 4, 21, {71, 97}, {67, 68}, 16, {67, 74}, {76, 90},
28, 21, 43, 17, 46, 53, {84, 83}, {85, 70}, 17, 50, 15}

Flatten if desired:

list3 // Flatten

{83, 80, 66, 4, 21, 71, 97, 67, 68, 16, 67, 74, 76, 90,
28, 21, 43, 17, 46, 53, 84, 83, 85, 70, 17, 50, 15}