# numpy.maximum¶

numpy.maximum(x1, x2[, out]) = <ufunc 'maximum'>

Element-wise maximum of array elements.

Compare two arrays and returns a new array containing the element-wise maxima. If one of the elements being compared is a nan, then that element is returned. If both elements are nans then the first is returned. The latter distinction is important for complex nans, which are defined as at least one of the real or imaginary parts being a nan. The net effect is that nans are propagated.

Parameters : x1, x2 : array_like The arrays holding the elements to be compared. They must have the same shape, or shapes that can be broadcast to a single shape. y : {ndarray, scalar} The maximum of x1 and x2, element-wise. Returns scalar if both x1 and x2 are scalars.

minimum
Element-wise minimum of two arrays, propagating any NaNs.
fmax
Element-wise maximum of two arrays, ignoring any NaNs.
amax
The maximum value of an array along a given axis, propagating any NaNs.
nanmax
The maximum value of an array along a given axis, ignoring any NaNs.

Notes

The maximum is equivalent to np.where(x1 >= x2, x1, x2) when neither x1 nor x2 are nans, but it is faster and does proper broadcasting.

Examples

```>>> np.maximum([2, 3, 4], [1, 5, 2])
array([2, 5, 4])
```
```>>> np.maximum(np.eye(2), [0.5, 2]) # broadcasting
array([[ 1. ,  2. ],
[ 0.5,  2. ]])
```
```>>> np.maximum([np.nan, 0, np.nan], [0, np.nan, np.nan])
array([ NaN,  NaN,  NaN])
>>> np.maximum(np.Inf, 1)
inf
```

numpy.sign

numpy.minimum