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Re: question about sorting lists

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  • Subject: [mg91027] Re: question about sorting lists
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 03:22:11 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <g6emrs$cmj$>


lst = {{4, -3,
    8}, {{x11, x12, x13}, {x21, x22, x23}, {x31, x32, x33}}};

Transpose[Sort[Transpose[lst], Abs[#1[[1]]] < Abs[#2[[1]]] &]]


Tatyana Polenova wrote:
> Hello,
> I have the following numerical list:
> {{{x1, x2, x3}, {{x11, x12, x13}, {x21, x22, x23}, {x31, x32, x33}}}
> where x1, x2, and x3 are some eigenvalues, and {x11, x12, x13}, {x21,  
> x22, x23}, and {x31, x32, x33} are their corresponding eigenvectors.
> I need to sort the list so that the eigenvalues are arranged in the  
> order of decreasing the absolute value of the difference between any  
> of the two eigenvalues. (and that the eigenvectors still correspond to  
> the original eigenvalues).
> What would be the correct syntax for this operation in Mathematica 5.2?
> Thank you very much for your help
> Tatyana

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