In this lesson we will write a Python program to find the maximum between two numbers, in order to put into practice what we have studied so far.

## Python Program on the maximum of two numbers

Given two integers a and b, find the maximum value in Python. If the numbers are the same, also display the message: ‘*the numbers are the same*‘.

In particular, I propose a couple of solutions. In the first I use elif, while in the second I use nested if statement.

**First solution with the use of elif**

I present a very simple first solution with the use of the elif instruction to find the maximum of 2 numbers in Python:

```
a = int(input('Insert the first number:'))
b = int(input('Insert second number:'))
if a > b:
print('The largest value is a:', a)
elif a == b:
print('The numbers are the same')
else:
print('The largest value is b:', b)
```

**Second solution with the use of nested if statement**

I present a second solution, which is also very simple, with the use of the nested if statement to find the maximum of 2 numbers in Python:

```
a = int(input('Insert the first number:'))
b = int(input('Insert second number:'))
if a > b:
print('The largest value is a:', a)
else:
if a == b:
print('The numbers are the same')
else:
print('The largest value is b:', b)
```

Furthermore, thanks to multiple assignment, a topic I covered in the lesson on the exchange of values, the input values a and b can also be taken in this way:

a, b = int(input (‘Insert the first number:’)), int(input (‘Insert the second number:’))

This is just an example of a possible resolution of the algorithm for calculating the maximum between two numbers in Python, propose yours in the comments below.

## Conclusion

In this lesson we have seen a simple algorithm to find the maximum between two numbers, in the next lessons we will see how to find the maximum between N numbers.

## Useful links

How to find the maximum of N numbers