Re: Sorting Strings: How and Why so f$&!ing hard?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg60838] Re: [mg60802] Sorting Strings: How and Why so f$&!ing hard?*From*: leigh pascoe <leigh at cephb.fr>*Date*: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 03:57:07 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <200509290941.FAA01037@smc.vnet.net>*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Michael A. Gilchrist wrote: >Hi, > >I'm trying to sort the following list. I eventually resorted to doing it >by hand but would like to know why Mathematica's sort won't do it. > >In[1]= Sort[{"AG17.TXT", "BM14.TXT", "CC03.TXT", "GP21.TXT", "IG06.TXT", >"SDR19.TXT, AG18.TXT", "CA09.TXT", "CC04.TXT", "GP22.TXT", "PK07.TXT", >"SDR20.TXT, BM13.TXT", "CA10.TXT", "CD15.TXT", "IG05.TXT", "PK08.TXT"}] > >Out[1]= {"AG17.TXT", "BM14.TXT", "CA09.TXT", "CA10.TXT", "CC03.TXT", >"CC04.TXT", "CD15.TXT", "GP21.TXT", "GP22.TXT", "IG05.TXT", "IG06.TXT", >"PK07.TXT", "PK08.TXT", "SDR19.TXT, AG18.TXT", "SDR20.TXT, BM13.TXT"} > > > >Should this really be so hard? > > >Mike > > > > > The output is in alphabetical order if each term in parenthesis is considered as a separate string. However you probably meant to have extra parentheses so that each *.TXT is considered as a string. If you put in the missing parentheses the output will be correctly sorted. Leigh

**References**:**Sorting Strings: How and Why so f$&!ing hard?***From:*"Michael A. Gilchrist" <mikeg@utk.edu>