Re: Sort problem

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• Subject: [mg81732] Re: Sort problem
• From: Bill Rowe <readnewsciv at sbcglobal.net>
• Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 05:43:23 -0400 (EDT)

```On 10/1/07 at 4:49 AM, donabc at comcast.net (Donald DuBois) wrote:

>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?

In the first example above, no specific sort function is
specified, so Mathematica puts the items in canonical order. In
the second example, you have specified a pure function as the
test function and given none of the symbols have assigned values
the function returns neither true nor false. Consequently, the
order is unchanged.

You can achieve what you want with:

In[3]:= data = {{r, 2}, {a, 3}, {x, 4}};
data[[Ordering[First /@ data]]]

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