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

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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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Sort strings by natural ordering

Is there an easy way to sort strings according to their natural ordering? For example a list of file names ...
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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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Sorting a list with secondary criterion

Is there an easy way to sort a list on multiple levels of criteria? By this I mean, first the list should be sorted according by criteria A (the same as using the usual sort function, ...
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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}}