# what is the right symbol for the “max” like Pi is for product?

I have a set of variables that have a value, and i want to find the max of those values.

Here is the equivalent of what I want to do with "sum"

$$\sum_{j:~N_j \in U_i}~ DA_j$$

For all j subject to $N_j \in U_i$, then sum $DA_j$. Except I want a max. What is the right symbol to use?

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I just use $\max$. Are you sure the maximum exists, though? Perhaps you should use $\sup$ instead (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supremum). – Qiaochu Yuan Feb 28 '12 at 2:44

If you are interested of the maximum value of $DA_j$ under the condition that $N_j \in U_i$ then you can use $\max$ as in: $$\max_{j : N_j \in U_i} DA_j$$ But if you are interested in the value of $j$ that makes $DA_j$ maximal, then you can use $\operatorname{argmax}$ as in: $$\operatorname{argmax}_{j : N_j \in U_i} DA_j$$
Some people write $$\bigvee_{j : N_j \in U_i} D A_j$$ with $\bigwedge$ for min. I'm not convinced it's clearer than $\max$. (The infix usage is more common, and more elegant looking: $a \vee b$ versus $\max\{a,b\}$.)