Function to determine list max without itertools

DL Neil PythonList at
Thu Apr 18 00:49:11 EDT 2019

On 18/04/19 4:10 PM, Sayth Renshaw wrote:
>>> I have created a function that takes a list as an argument.
>>> Without using itertools I want to compare each item in the list to find the max.
>>> However instead of the max I keep getting the  last item in the list. Where is my logic wrong here?

>>> Seems like it should work but doesn't.

>> I'd recommend rethinking your algorithm first, and then thinking about
>> debugging your actual code. You should be able to find the largest in
>> a collection without making many many passes over the items - a single
>> pass should be sufficient.

> Most I am finding either use the max function or itertools. Both of which I am trying not to use so that I actually do it myself.

Did you understand the advice? Have you simply dropped the first-attempt 
and gone looking for another canned-solution?

Whilst you seem to be on-the-right-track, there is a definite error in 
the algorithm/the code.

What debugging did you perform?

Do you only assume, or can you see example (pertinent) values during 
each "pass" (time through the loop)? If not, why not?

Regards =dn

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