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Re: Sort problem


The default Sort criterion is OrderedQ[{#1,#2}]& (canonical ordering) and  
that's quite different from #1 < #2 & (Less). r < a is neither True nor 
False (unless r and a are numbers), so in your example it doesn't cause 
elements to be switched in the sort process.

Here are a couple of ways to get what you seem to want:

Sort[{{r, 2}, {a, 3}, {x, 4}}, OrderedQ[First /@ {##}] &]

{{a, 3}, {r, 2}, {x, 4}}

SortBy[{{r, 2}, {a, 3}, {x, 4}}, First]

{{a, 3}, {r, 2}, {x, 4}}

Bobby

On Mon, 01 Oct 2007 03:49:55 -0500, Donald DuBois <donabc at comcast.net>  
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?
>
> Don
>
>



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