Get largest value in multi-dimensional array javascript or coffeescript

I have an array that looks like the following:

array = [[1, 5], [4, 7], [3, 8], [2, 3],  
 [12, 4], [6, 6], [4, 1], [3, 2], 
 [8, 14]]

What I need is the largest number from the first value of the sets, so in this case 12. Looking at some examples online, the best way I saw to accomplish this is :

Math.max.apply Math, array

Problem is, this only works with single dimensional arrays. How would I impliment this for my senario? (jquery allowed)

The end solution:

It wasn't part of the question, but I needed both the min and max from the array, and that changes things a little.

    unless device.IE
        justTheDates    = (i) -> i[0]
        @earliest       = Math.min.apply Math, justTheDates
        @latest         = Math.max.apply Math, justTheDates                 
        @earliest       = magnitudeArray[0][0]
        @latest         = magnitudeArray[0][0]
        for magnitudeItem in magnitudeArray
            @earliest   = magnitudeItem[0] if magnitudeItem[0] < @earliest
            @latest     = magnitudeItem[0] if magnitudeItem[0] > @latest



You can use .reduce()...

array.reduce(function(max, arr) { 
    return Math.max(max, arr[0]); 
}, -Infinity)

Here's a version that doesn't use Math.max...

array.reduce(function(max, arr) {
    return max >= arr[0] ? max : arr[0];
}, -Infinity);

...and a jsPerf test.


var max = Math.max.apply(Math, {
    return i[0];

So at first you use to convert the 2-dimensional array to a flat one, and after that use Math.max()


A simple solution using Underscore.js' max that avoids generating an intermediate array:

max = _(array).max(_.first)[0]



Using a comprehension in CoffeeScript:

Math.max.apply Math, (x[0] for x in array)

Running example


Also, look at _underscore.js. Here is a link to the function _max().

  • It is simply more efficient to read, write and maintain.

The best part about _underscore is that there are about another hundred helper functions similar to _max. Like sort.

Compare the syntax below:

var sortedObject = _.sortBy(object, function(val, key, object) {
    return val;

They are easy to chain, and interpret! (Like Douglas Crockford might suggest)

An excellent JSFIDDLE, was provided in this post by @Raynos.

If you are consistently conducting array operations with raw JavaScript, check out _underscore.js, it can greatly simplify your code.

Hope that helps, All the best! Nash

Array.prototype.maxX = function(){
  return Math.max.apply(Math,{return o[0];}));

I know this is an old post, but if you (or someone else) want the largest number in the whole array, try with:

var array = [[1, 5], [4, 7], [3, 8], [2, 3],  
 [12, 4], [6, 6], [4, 1], [3, 2], 
 [8, 14]];

var max = array.reduce(function (max, arr) {
    return max >= Math.max.apply(max, arr) ? max : Math.max.apply(max, arr);
}, -Infinity);

In this examlpe, it will return the value 14.


Sample Input: largestOfFour([[4, 5, 1, 3], [13, 27, 18, 26], [32, 35, 37, 39], [1000, 1001, 857, 1]]);

function largestOfFour(arr) {

    var largest = 0;
    var largestArr = [];
    for(var i=0; i<arr.length; i++){
      for(var j=0; j<arr[i].length; j++){

        if(largest < arr[i][j]){
          largest = arr[i][j];
        largestArr[i] = largest;
      largest = 0;

  return largestArr;

You can populate largest numbers into new Array from two dim array.


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