Re: A little help with sort

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• Subject: [mg112511] Re: A little help with sort
• From: James Stein <mathgroup at stein.org>
• Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 07:24:30 -0400 (EDT)

```I think the following will solve your problem.
order: needs no explanation.
sort124: sorts as you desire:
by column 1; then by column2; then reversed by column 4.
sort: generalizes this, allowing you to specify a sorting "scheme"

Clear[order, sort124, sort, scheme];
order[a_, b_, i_] := Order[a[[i]], b[[i]]];
sort124[a_, b_] := Module[{o},
If[(o = order[a, b, 1]) == 0,
If[(o = order[a, b, 2]) == 0,
o = -order[a, b, 4]
]
];
o > 0
];
scheme = {1, 2, -4};
sort[a_, b_] := Module[{o, s = 0, i},
While[++s <= Length[scheme],
i = scheme[[s]];
If[i > 0,
If[0 != (o = order[a, b, i]),
Return[o >= 0]],
If[0 != (o = order[a, b, -i]),
Return[o <= 0]]
]];
False
];

On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 3:42 AM, Blackwell, Keith <Keith.Blackwell at rbccm.com
> wrote:

> The problem I am having:
>
> Let's  say I have a 200 x 200 matrix.
>
> I want to sort it in order of the values in column one.
>
> Then I want it to sort all the doubles by the values in column two.
>
> Then I want it to sort all the double doubles by reverse of the values
> of column 4 or whatever.
>
> Is there an easy way to do this. I know I can write something long and
> annoying to do it, but I'm getting to the point in my use of mathematica
> where I want to write more concise code.
>
> Sort[Matrix, #1[[1]]>#2[[1]]&] seems to totally negate any pre
> sorting... I tried to fold it backwards starting from column 4 and it
> seems that sort just ignores whatever I do then.
>
>
> Keith
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