I would like to sort my Dataset by its row index. Unlike an ordinary column, this index does not have a name.


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The expected order of the Dataset is "a", "b", "c".

In the case of multiple row indices, it get's even more complicated.


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The expected order is "1", "2", and within each level "a", "b".


Following the answer by kglr, the KeySortmethod does work for Datasets with a single level index, but does not work directly for multiple indices as it only operates on the first level.


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    $\begingroup$ KeySort@myDataSet[GroupBy["c1"],KeyDrop["c1"]]? $\endgroup$ – kglr Sep 5 at 10:29
  • $\begingroup$ myDataSet[GroupBy["c1"],KeyDrop["c1"]][KeySort] Thanks $\endgroup$ – LBogaardt Sep 5 at 10:54
KeySort @ myDataSet[GroupBy["c1"],KeyDrop["c1"]]

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Update: Multi-level grouping:

myDataSetb = Dataset[{Association["c0" -> "1", "c1" -> "b", "c2" -> 1], 
   Association["c0" -> "1", "c1" -> "b", "c2" -> 2], 
   Association["c0" -> "1", "c1" -> "a", "c2" -> 3], 
   Association["c0" -> "1", "c1" -> "a", "c2" -> 4], 
   Association["c0" -> "0", "c1" -> "a", "c2" -> 1], 
   Association["c0" -> "0", "c1" -> "a", "c2" -> 2], 
   Association["c0" -> "0", "c1" -> "b", "c2" -> 3], 
   Association["c0" -> "0", "c1" -> "b", "c2" -> 4]}];

grouped = myDataSetb[GroupBy["c0"], GroupBy["c1"]]

grouped[Sort, ReverseSort]

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  • $\begingroup$ +1 for /*KeySort. I've never seen /*before. The Help tells me it's RightComposition. That's quite elegant. $\endgroup$ – LBogaardt Sep 5 at 11:04
  • $\begingroup$ What about multi-level row indices? myDataSet=Dataset[{Association["c0"->"1","c1"->"b","c2"->1],Association["c0"->"1","c1"->"b","c2"->2],Association["c0"->"1","c1"->"a","c2"->3],Association["c0"->"1","c1"->"a","c2"->4],Association["c0"->"0","c1"->"a","c2"->1],Association["c0"->"0","c1"->"a","c2"->2],Association["c0"->"0","c1"->"b","c2"->3],Association["c0"->"0","c1"->"b","c2"->4]}] In that case, KeySort only sorts the first index. $\endgroup$ – LBogaardt Sep 5 at 11:21
  • $\begingroup$ @LBogaardt, you mean its grouped version myDataSet[GroupBy["c0"],GroupBy["c1"],KeyDrop["c1"]]? $\endgroup$ – kglr Sep 5 at 11:33
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, sorry, I should have added this to my Question with more details. Indeed, say I have multiple levels, how can I sort on all levels? Preferably, even indicating Asc or Desc per index level. Similar to SQL or pandas etc. $\endgroup$ – LBogaardt Sep 5 at 11:45
  • $\begingroup$ I updated the original post. I'll keep your answer as 'accepted'. $\endgroup$ – LBogaardt Sep 5 at 12:29

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