# Find a specified closest value

When working with large datasets, finding a specific value or the closest value to a given target value in a NumPy array can be an essential operation. This operation can be helpful in a wide range of applications, such as in data analysis, finding the closest value in an array can help identify anomalies or outliers in the dataset and in machine learning, it can be useful to identify the closest example in a dataset to a new input example. In this thread, we will discuss some methods of finding a specified closet value in `NumPy` array.

#### 1. Using "argmin()" function:

The `argmin()` function in NumPy returns the indices of the minimum values along an axis. The function takes an array as an input and can be called in several different ways, depending on the input parameters. It can be used to find the index of the element in an array that is closest to a given value.
Here’s an example given below:

The above code creates a NumPy array named `array`. Then, it sets a target value named `value`. The `np.abs()` function is used to calculate the absolute difference between the target value and each element of the array, which gives us an array of absolute differences. The `argmin()` function is used to find the index of the minimum value in the array of absolute differences, which corresponds to the index of the closest value to the target value. Using this index, the code retrieves the closest value from the original array and assigns it to the `closest_value` variable. Finally, the code prints out the value of `closest_value`.

#### 2. Using "searchsorted()" function:

The `searchsorted()` method takes two arguments: the sorted array to be searched and the value or array of values to be searched for. It returns an array of indices indicating the position where the values should be inserted to maintain the sorted order.
Here’s an example given below:

The above code finds the closest value to a given `value` in a sorted NumPy array `array` . It uses the `np.searchsorted()` function to get the index where the `value` can be inserted in the `array` to maintain the sorted order. It checks if the index is greater than 0 and sets the `closest_value` to the element to the left of the index if the absolute difference between `value` and the element to the left is smaller than the absolute difference between `value` and the element at the index. Otherwise, it sets `closest_value` to the element at the index. Finally, it prints out the `closest_value`.

#### 3. Using "subtract()" function:

The `subtract()` function in NumPy performs element-wise subtraction between two NumPy arrays or between a scalar value and a NumPy array.
You can use subtract() and argmin() methods also to find the closest value.
Here’s an example given below:

The above code finds the closest value to a given `value` in a NumPy array `array` . It uses `np.subtract()` to subtract the `value` from each element of the `array` and then takes the absolute value using `np.abs()` . It finds the index of the minimum absolute difference using `argmin()` . The element at this index is the closest value to the given `value` and is stored in `closest_value` . Finally, `closest_value` is printed, which should be 3.0 for the given input values.