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DropSmallest

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Drop the smallest values from a list

Contributed by: Sander Huisman

ResourceFunction["DropSmallest"][list,n]

drops the smallest n numbers from list.

ResourceFunction["DropSmallest"][n]

represents the operator form of DropSmallest.

Examples

Basic Examples

Drops the smallest two values:

In[1]:=
ResourceFunction["DropSmallest"][{6, 5, 3, 8, 4, 2, 9}, 2]
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Use the operator form by first creating an operator op:

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op = ResourceFunction["DropSmallest"][2]
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Apply the operator:

In[3]:=
op[{6, 5, 3, 8, 4, 2, 9}]
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Scope

With n=0, nothing is deleted:

In[4]:=
ResourceFunction["DropSmallest"][{6, 5, 3, 8, 4, 2, 9}, 0]
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A negative number deletes the largest n numbers:

In[5]:=
ResourceFunction["DropSmallest"][{6, 5, 3, 8, 4, 2, 9}, -2]
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Properties and Relations

If n is larger than the length of the list then an empty list is returned:

In[6]:=
ResourceFunction["DropSmallest"][{6, 5, 3, 8, 4, 2, 9}, 12]
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DropSmallest is complementary to TakeSmallest:

In[7]:=
in = {6, 5, 3, 8, 4, 2, 9};
In[8]:=
TakeSmallest[in, 2]
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In[9]:=
ResourceFunction["DropSmallest"][in, 2]
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