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Enumerable.Max<TSource> Method (IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource, Int32>)

Invokes a transform function on each element of a sequence and returns the maximum Int32 value.

Namespace:  System.Linq
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

public static int Max<TSource>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> source,
	Func<TSource, int> selector

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.


Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>
A sequence of values to determine the maximum value of.
Type: System.Func<TSource, Int32>
A transform function to apply to each element.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The maximum value in the sequence.

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IEnumerable<TSource>. When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter.


source or selector is null.


source contains no elements.

The Max<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource, Int32>) method uses the Int32 implementation of IComparable<T> to compare values.

You can apply this method to a sequence of arbitrary values if you provide a function, selector, that projects the members of source into a numeric type, specifically Int32.

In Visual Basic query expression syntax, an Aggregate Into Max() clause translates to an invocation of Max.

The following code example demonstrates how to use Max<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource, Int32>) to determine the maximum value in a sequence of projected values.

      class Pet
         public string Name { get; set; }
         public int Age { get; set; }

      public static void MaxEx4()
         Pet[] pets = { new Pet { Name="Barley", Age=8 },
                            new Pet { Name="Boots", Age=4 },
                            new Pet { Name="Whiskers", Age=1 } };

         int max = pets.Max(pet => pet.Age + pet.Name.Length);

         outputBlock.Text += String.Format(
             "The maximum pet age plus name length is {0}.",
             max) + "\n";

       This code produces the following output:

       The maximum pet age plus name length is 14.


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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