# How to Get the Index of the Max Value of a List in Python

09/15/2021

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In this article, you will learn how to get the index of the max value of a list in Python.

## Get the Index of the Max Value of a List

### Using index() along with max()

To get the index of the max value of a list in Python, you can use the index() method along with the built-in max() function. Here’s an example:

``````my_list = [10, 5, 20, 15, 30]
max_value = max(my_list)
max_index = my_list.index(max_value)
print(max_index)  # Output: 4
``````

In this example, we first define a list called my_list containing some integers. We then use the max() function to find the maximum value in the list, which in this case is 30. We then use the index() method to find the index of the first occurrence of this value in the list, which is 4.

Note that if there are multiple occurrences of the maximum value in the list, index() will only return the index of the first occurrence. If you want to find the index of all occurrences, you can use a loop or list comprehension to search for each occurrence separately.

### Using the NumPy library

You can also use the NumPy library to find the index of the maximum value of a NumPy array. NumPy is a powerful library for numerical computing in Python and provides many functions for working with arrays.

Here’s an example of how to find the index of the maximum value of a NumPy array:

``````import numpy as np

my_array = np.array([10, 5, 20, 15, 30])
max_index = np.argmax(my_array)
print(max_index)  # Output: 4
``````

In this example, we first import the NumPy library using the import statement. We then create a NumPy array called my_array containing some integers. We use the argmax() function to find the index of the maximum value in the array, which in this case is 4.

The argmax() function returns the index of the maximum value in the array. If the array contains multiple occurrences of the maximum value, argmax() will return the index of the first occurrence.

Note that this method only works with NumPy arrays, not with regular Python lists. If you need to work with lists, you can convert them to NumPy arrays using the array() function from the NumPy library.