Re: Sort problem

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• Subject: [mg81743] Re: Sort problem
• From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>
• Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 05:49:03 -0400 (EDT)
• Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
• References: <fdqd33\$n6m\$1@smc.vnet.net>

```Donald DuBois wrote:
> Hello,
>
> This Sort works
>
> In[32]:= Sort[{r, a, x}]
>
> Out[32]= {a, r, x}
>
> but this one doesn't:
>
> In[33]:= Sort[{{r, 2}, {a, 3}, {x, 4}}, #1[[1]] < #2[[1]] &]
>
> Out[33]= {{r, 2}, {a, 3}, {x, 4}}
>
>
> What am I doing wrong?

Using inequalities on purely alphabetic symbol. Use either nothing (as
long as you want the list sorted according to its first column) or
*OrderedQ* as in the following examples.

In[1]:= Sort[{{r, 2}, {a, 3}, {x, 4}}]

Out[1]= {{a, 3}, {r, 2}, {x, 4}}

In[2]:= Sort[{{r, 2}, {a, 3}, {x, 4}}, OrderedQ[{#1[[1]], #2[[1]]}] &]

Out[2]= {{a, 3}, {r, 2}, {x, 4}}

Regards,
--
Jean-Marc

```

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