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Re: Sorting 3 points

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  • Subject: [mg87980] Re: Sorting 3 points
  • From: Szabolcs Horvát <szhorvat at>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 06:40:07 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University of Bergen
  • References: <fuhfa6$ibk$>

carlos at wrote:
> Simple question, but documentation is no help.
> I have three coordinate triplets:
>  P1={x1,y1,z1}      P2={x2,y2,z2}      P3={x3,y3,z3}
> where all entries are numeric. I wont to sort them into
>  P1s={xs1,ys1,zs1} P2s={xs2,ys2,zs2} P3s={xs3,ys3,zs3}
> so that zs3>=zs2>=zs1, with one command
>    {P1s,P2s,P3s}=Sort[{P1,P2,P3}, Ordering Function]
> Is that possible and if so, which Ordering Function
> should be used?  Thanks.

Well, this is pretty simple if you read what an ordering function is ...

Sort[list, Last[#1] < Last[#2] &]

(Or if you have Mathematica 6, just use SortBy[list, Last])

Perhaps the missing piece was constructing anonymous functions?  Read 
the doc page of Function for an explanation (#1, #2 are the first and 
second arguments of the function).

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