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Re: sort

In a message dated 2001/7/20 3:36:01 AM, nails at writes:

>Does anybody now how to sort a matrix first by one column and then by
>another column (giving priority to the first column and sorting by
>second column only when there are ties in the first column).

sortByCol[l_List, n_Integer] := 
    Sort[l, #1[[n]] <= #2[[n]]&];

mat = Table[Random[Integer, {1, 4}], {10}, {10}];

sortByCol[mat, 3]

To sort by column 3 with column 4 breaking ties

sortByCol[sortByCol[mat, 4], 3]

If more than two columns are to be used 

Fold[sortByCol[#1, #2]&, mat, {5, 4, 3}]

Bob Hanlon
Chantilly, VA  USA

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