{1, 2} < {3, 4} doesn't seem to work, but Sort[{{3, 4}, {1, 2}}] yields {{1, 2}, {3, 4}}.

I want to use the order relationship that Sort uses for my program

(lexicographic ordering will do fine, doesn't really matter what I use so long as it's a strict total order)

I'm used to Haskell automagically deriving such an order for any data types I construct, via the Ord class.

Edit: The Order function does what I need.


One way might be to use Ordering

list = {{3, 4}, {1, 2}};
ord = Ordering[list]

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  • $\begingroup$ I've looked it up from your functions. It appears what I'm looking for is the Order function. $\endgroup$ Apr 16 '20 at 10:28

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