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Re: sorting?

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  • From: awnl <awnl at>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:59:46 -0500 (EST)
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 > I have a large list of simple numerical lists, and I want to sort it
 > using two criteria. in the simplest case, suppose the sublists are of
 > length two, and that my first criterion is the quotient of part one
 > by part two, and my second criterion is the size of part two (no
 > zeros in part 2.  I want to sort using the first criterion, and then
 > break the ties using the second one. So for example if I had
 > lalista={{0,5},{8,8},{2,2},{3,5},{1,3},{3,9}}, the sorting should
 > return
 > {{8,8},{2,2},{3,5},{3,9},{1,3},{0,5}}
 > Of course this can be done, but I wonder if it is a way to make this
 > only with native Mathematica tools (wich is always far more
 > efficient).

I think you are looking for SortBy, which can be given a list of pure 
functions to define the sorting, e.g. like this (the minus signs reverse 
the sorting so I get what you want, it might need adoption depending on 
what you really want...):

SortBy[lalista, {-#[[1]]/#[[2]] &, -#[[2]] &}]



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