phpN00b phpN00b - 4 months ago 9
PHP Question

Get the maximum value from an element in a multidimensional array?

I'm trying to select the maximum value for a particular key in a multidimensional array. I'm having trouble "getting to" the key in question...

So, the array (which is much more lengthy than what I'm posting here)

[0] => stdClass Object
(
[id] => 70
[cust] => 4
[dnum] => 1
[upper] => Array
(
[0] => 66
)

)
[1] => stdClass Object
(
[id] => 43
[cust] => 42
[dnum] => 2
[upper] => Array
(
[0] => 77
)

)
[2] => stdClass Object
(
[id] => 12
[cust] => 3
[dnum] => 0
[upper] => Array
(
[0] => 99
)

)


I'm trying to find the maximum "dnum" value across the entire array, so in this example, $max = 2. I know that the max function allows me to do this, but I'm not sure how to reference the dnum element without putting the whole thing in a foreach loop, and if I do that, then max wouldn't be the function to use, right?

So, I can't exactly do this:

$max = max($myarray[]->dnum);


Is there a way for me to do this without having to recreate the entire array?

Answer
$max = 0;
foreach($array as $obj)
{
    if($obj->dnum > $max)
    {
        $max = $obj->dnum;
    }
}

That function would work correctly if your highest number is not negative (negatives, empty arrays, and 0s will return the max as 0).

Because you are using an object, which can have custom properties/structures, I don't believe there are really any 'predefined' functions you can use to get it. Might as well just use a foreach loop.

You really can't get away from a foreach loop, as even internal functions use a foreach loop, it is just behind the scenes.

Another solution is

$numbers = array();
foreach($array as $obj)
{
    $numbers[] = $obj->dnum;
}
$max = max($numbers);