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easiest way to sort a list?

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  • Subject: [mg18308] easiest way to sort a list?
  • From: peterw at (Peter T. Wang)
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 22:24:15 -0400
  • Organization: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
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Hi everyone,

Here's my question:  Suppose you have a list of integers, not all distinct,
      {1, 5, 3, 5, 10, 10, 1},

and you want to obtain the list

      {1, 5, 3, 10}

which is the set of distinct elements but with the order preserved; i.e.,
the order in which the elements in the second list appear is the same as
the order in which it first occurs in the first list.  What is a simple
way to do this?  Evidently Union[] sorts the elements in canonical order,
which is not desirable.  My current solution is so messy that I suspect
there must be an easier way.


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