Re: Sorting with Infinity

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• Subject: [mg23520] Re: Sorting with Infinity
• From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
• Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 22:29:52 -0400 (EDT)
• Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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```Hi,

Sort[{-2, 1, 7, -Infinity, Infinity}, N[#1] < N[#2] &]

gives

{-\[Infinity], -2, 1, 7, \[Infinity]}

Regards
Jens

Jack Goldberg wrote:
>
> Hi group;
>
> I construct lists which may look like this
>
>         {7,-2,-Infinity,Infinity,1}
>
> When this list is sorted by using Sort, I get
>
>         {-2,1,7,-Infinity,Infinity}
>
> I would prefer, naturally,
>
>         {-Infinity,-2,1,7,Infinity}
>
> This is easy to do if one doesn't care about elegance.  Without
> spelling out the obvious details, here are a few kludges:
>
> (1) Replace Infinity by 10^15, Sort  then switch back to Infinity.
> (2) Use Append and Prepend after Sort and  deleting infinities.
> (3) RotateRight after Sort and switch signs on infinities
>
> Anyone got a "cute" solution say by using a sorting function or
> perhaps some arcane command unknown to mere mortals?
>
> Jack
>
>

```

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