# Getting the index of the returned max or min item using max()/min() on a list

###### Posted By: Anonymous

I’m using Python’s `max`

and `min`

functions on lists for a minimax algorithm, and I need the index of the value returned by `max()`

or `min()`

. In other words, I need to know which move produced the max (at a first player’s turn) or min (second player) value.

```
for i in range(9):
new_board = current_board.new_board_with_move([i / 3, i % 3], player)
if new_board:
temp = min_max(new_board, depth + 1, not is_min_level)
values.append(temp)
if is_min_level:
return min(values)
else:
return max(values)
```

I need to be able to return the actual index of the min or max value, not just the value.

## Solution

```
if is_min_level:
return values.index(min(values))
else:
return values.index(max(values))
```

###### Answered By: Anonymous

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