How to determine the maximum number from a list of numbers?


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Question

In this exercise, the function is passed three numbers as parameters and determines the maximum value. How can the function return the maximum value for a list of numbers?

Answer

Python includes a max() function which does this task. If you pass the max() function a list of numbers, it will return the largest number in the list as shown in this example. If the exercise function was re-written to accept a list of numbers as a parameter, it could just call max() to find the largest value.

num = (100, 2, 5, 99, 24, 300, 88, 72)
print(max(num))
#Output: 300