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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):

newBoard = currentBoard.newBoardWithMove([i / 3, i % 3], player)

if newBoard:

temp = minMax(newBoard, depth + 1, not isMinLevel) values.append(temp)

if isMinLevel:

return min(values)


return max(values)

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

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You can use the following piece of code for getting the index of the returned max or min item using max()/min() on a list:-

if isMinLevel:

    return values.index(min(values))


    return values.index(max(values))