Questions on the sorting/ordering functions of Mathematica (Sort, SortBy, Ordering, etc.).

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Windows Explorer Natural Order

Currently there are a list of notebooks in Windows that I am processing in a folder. Ideally I would like the notebooks to be concated in the same order as how they display in Windows Explorer. I ...
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How to sort Table/Matrix including legend(Labellings)

I want to sort table including its legend for graph I have table similar to M1 M2 M3 1 5 2 3 1 4 4 2 -10 5 7 11 6 -2 1 ...
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Problem with Sort - unexpected order with Sqrt [duplicate]

Sort[{13, Sqrt[157], Sqrt[163]}] (*{13, Sqrt[157], Sqrt[157]}*) Sort[{13, Sqrt[157], Sqrt[157]}, #1 < #2 &] (*{Sqrt[157], Sqrt[157], 13}*) This seems ...
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How to find rows that have maximum value?

Suppose if I have following list { {10,b,30}, {100,a,40}, {1000,b,10}, {1000,b,70}, {100,b,20}, {10,b,70} } How to find rows that have max value in ...
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How to implement Kemeny-Young method? (rank aggregation problem)

Prehistory I am trying to make some statistical analysis of some experimental data, arises from measurements made ​​on an ordinal scale. I faced with the problem of rank aggregation: to get from ...
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How to get all possible orderings (equal ranks allowed) for given set of $N$ objects?

Hope there is a solution besides the tedious generation of nested loops. (Trying to avoid reinventing the wheel.) Here is an example with $N = 3$ objects. There are $13$ needed orderings (first ...
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How can I sort the polynomial by the degree of $x$

f1 = a x^2 + b x + c + x^3 (* a x^2+b x+c+x^3 *) f1 /. x -> (x - a/3) // Expand (* (2 ...
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Efficiently searching a list for the position of the closest number to a specified number

Searching by closest and position I wasn't able to find an answer—but found Nearest by guessing. Nearest, however, returns ...
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Properly ordering the output of FileNames for a directory consisting of files with consecutive integer names [duplicate]

Say I have a number of files in a directory at some location (C:\dir1\dir2\dir3...), and I pull an array of strings corresponding to the file names with the command: ...
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Is there a “precedence table” for the canonical Sort ordering?

This answer in which I wrote about the Operator Precedence Table was unexpectedly popular. That got me thinking about similar things, and I am wondering: Does an "ordering table" exist for the ...
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Complement on pre-sorted lists

Is there any way to instruct Complement to skip the sorting part? If the answer is no (likely), the next question would be: how can I remove from a sorted list ...
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Sorting a matrix alphanumerically

Somewhat related to Sort matrix by columns and rows without changing them, but more general. I'd like to sort a square matrix (a 3 by 3 in my case, but surely the general solution will treat any), ...
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Gather list elements by index

The following list has some elements that are labeled. For example {1, 2} -> 1, {-1, 3} -> 3, etc: ...
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Ordering function with recognition of duplicates

Fairly often I have a need to get the Ordering of an expression but with recognition of duplicates. For example: ...
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Ordering under assumptions

I have a three-element list which contains inverses of a function u, like so: ...
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Why does Sort fail in this simple example?

I'm sure I'll be embarrassed by the answer, but I don't understand why I get the following result: list = {{9, "b"}, {4, "a"}, {7, "k4"}, {6, "k3"}, {5, "w"}} ...
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Sort+Union on a list

Probably this is too trivial question for this forum but for some reason I am not getting it on my Mathematica 7 so far. I have a list ...
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Sorting a list of triplets by first element of each triplet fails

In the last line of code, I´m trying to order the matrix by the first column. I want to store in the Array t2tlistsorted ( 100 x 3 ), but I can´t. ...
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Unexpected result {“.a”, “co”, “.m”} from Sort[{“.m”, “.a”, “co”}]

I came across the following situation: Evaluating Sort[{".m", ".a", "co"}] Results in {".a", "co", ".m"} I wondering: ...
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Sorting the element in a PDB text file

I am a new user of Mathematica and currently using version 9. I want to rearrange the element of one PDB text file with respect to another PDB text file. Suppose I have a PDB file like this: ...
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Using Sort vs SortBy

So I have two lists, A and B. I put them into lists = {A,B}I want to sort A such that Im[#1]<Im[#2]& which I can do fine ...
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How to tell when a job is too big for the pattern matcher?

Pattern matching is great but it has its limitations. Consider sorting a list of numbers from smallest to largest: ...
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How do I sort complex numbers?

Okay, so I posted something about sorting, and it was linked as a duplicate to This post However, I am having problems trying to sort a list that contains both real and complex numbers. I put them ...
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Position function not always retuning an answer even with no apparent problems

I'm having some problems with Position. Sometimes it will give an empty list instead of the actual position of the element I am looking for when that element is ...
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Order list of monomials by degree (Pascal's Triangle)

Suppose I have the following list of monomials: {1,x,x^2,y,y^2,x*y,x^2*y,x*y^2,x^2*y^2} How could I manipulate it to get ...
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Retaining and reusing a one-to-one mapping from a sort

Imagine I sort the elements of an array $Q$ by some means. Perhaps I sort strictly by the elements in the first column, perhaps I use SortBy[...] to sequentially sort by the elements in successive ...
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Confused behavior using Dispatch to sort one list relative to another

I have a need to sort the entries of one list into the same sequence as the entries in a reference list. Because I have rather large lists involving strings, I'm trying to use Dispatch to accomplish ...
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Sort date list in format DD/MM/YYYY

I have a list of dates (ranging from 2007 to 2012) in the DD/MM/YYYY format and I need to sort this list. My problem is, when I simply use Sort[] I get: ...
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Sorting function for non commuting bosons

I am trying to write a sorting function which will sort expressions involving products of bosonic objects which do not commute. For example, I can have objects like $a,\ a^\dagger,\ b,\ b^\dagger$ ...
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Sorting Matrix elements

I have matrix in as shown, consisting of real numbers and 0. How can I sort it to become out as shown? ...
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How to Sort on row by row basis?

Say I have matrix how to sort on row by row basis to get:
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Why can't I remove Orderless from Plus?

I am making some random algebra equations, and I want to have the ordering be random too, such that if my random equation generator makes x+1, the output stays ...
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Sorting list with variable

I want to sort (or sortby) the list. List contains uninitialized variable m and I can assume that m is a Natural number that is much larger then any constant. ...
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Ranking Function Allowing for Ties

I have a list that I need to be able to assign ranks to individual elements in, giving it a number related to its position if the list were to be sorted, allowing for ties. For example, ...
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Merging different size, different order table

I'm a beginner in Mathematica, so this may be a simple request. I have generated some columns of names and data. I want to merge them into a single list of names, with a column for each attribute. ...
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Generating an ordered list of pairs of elements from ordered lists

I have a pair of ordered lists. I want to generate a new ordered list (using the same ordering) of length n by applying a binary operator to pairs of elements, one from each list, along with the index ...
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Ordering problem

Let's look at the following example. Ordering[{0, 20 Sqrt[5], 40 Sqrt[5], 20 Sqrt[5], 20 Sqrt[10]} // N] gives the right answer ...
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Sort lists according to the order of another

I have three parallel lists (i.e. the elements in position i of each list are related). I want to sort the first list using the function Sort and make the same changes to the other lists so that I ...
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Simple algorithm to find cycles in edge list

I have the edge list of an undirected graph which consists of disjoint "cycles" only. Example: {{1, 2}, {2, 3}, {3, 4}, {4, 1}, {5, 6}, {6, 7}, {7, 5}} Each ...
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Sorting a list and finding an array of indices that sorts the list

How can I sort a list and also get a list of indices that sort this list? For example: primary list is a a={1,4,6,7,0,2}; sorted list is b ...
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How to pass composite function list to SortBy?

In order to sort alphanumeric-as-string data of the form {"T3", "T14", "T1", "E2"}, so that "T14" comes after ...
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How can we implement “Sleep Sort”?

Inspired by Implement Sleep Sort: Sleep Sort is an integer sorting algorithm I found on the Internet. It opens an output stream, and for each input numbers in parallel, delay for the number ...
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How to generate Intervals from a given list?

If I have a list list={3,7,4,5,1} how to get the List of Intervals /Ranges result = {{1,3},{3,4},{4,5},{5,7}}