Re: Custom sort a list of pairs

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• Subject: [mg73699] Re: Custom sort a list of pairs
• From: "Drago Ganic" <dganic at vodatel.net>
• Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2007 04:30:58 -0500 (EST)
• References: <ermdtt\$i3t\$1@smc.vnet.net>

```Hi,

try this:

sortPairs[items_] :=
Sort[items, (OrderedQ[{#2[[1]], #1[[1]]}] && OrderedQ[{#1[[2]], #2[[2]]}]
&)]

sortPairs[{{ 1, a}, {2, a}, {3, a}, {1, b}, {2, b}, {1, c}}]
{{3, a}, {2, a}, {2, b}, {1, a}, {1, b}, {1, c}}

Greetings from Croatia,
Drago Ganic

<planetmarshalluk at hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:ermdtt\$i3t\$1 at smc.vnet.net...
> Hi there,
>
> I've searched through existing posts to no avail, what I want to do is
> this:
> Sort a nested list of pairs, so that each pair is sorted by reverse
> canonical order on its first element, and in normal order on its
> second element.
>
> For example, I want some function
>
> sortPairs[items_]
>
> that when given the input
>
> {{ 1,a},{2,a},{3,a},{1,b},{2,b},{1,c}}
>
> produces the output
>
> {{3,a},{2,a},{2,b}{1,a},{1,b},{1,c}}
>
> Any help much appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
> Andrew
>
>

```

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