# Maximum Number in an Infinite set

Given an infinite set of random integers, is there a largest element?
In other words is maximum as a concept inherently tied to finite sets?

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Is the set random or infinte? If the set is finite, the answer is yes, there's a largest element. If it's infinite, than there might be (i.e it could be bounded above). But, if you're working just with the natural numbers-rather than all of the integers, it would always never have a maximum element – Chris Dugale Jun 16 '13 at 23:53
Note that "infinite set of random integers" is not a well-defined statement -- you need to state where these integers come from to give it meaning. – usul Jun 16 '13 at 23:59
Think about $\{0,-1,-2,\dots\}$. – Zeyu Jun 17 '13 at 0:05
The maximum of an infinite number of elements in a poset (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partially_ordered_set) is well-defined and unique if it exists, but doesn't exist in general. The maximum of a finite number of elements in a totally ordered set (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_order) always exists. – Qiaochu Yuan Jun 17 '13 at 0:12
You need to clarify what you mean by "random" here. The integers don't admit a uniform probability distribution, so you need to pick one. – Qiaochu Yuan Jun 17 '13 at 0:12