sismex01 at sismex01 at
Thu Jun 5 18:42:07 CEST 2003

> From: Turhan Ozen [mailto:txo at]
> Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2003 11:32 AM
> I created a class and modified the default _comp_  function.  
> I can sort an array of instances of this class. But I don't
> want to change the original array. Instead, I want to keep
> the positions after sorting in an attribute of the instances.
> Instead of [a1,a2,a3] becoming [a2,a1,a3], I would like the 
> order remain same but
> a1.rank=2
> a2.rank=1
> a3.rank=3
> How can I do this? Does this functionality already exist? If 
> not could you please give me advice on how to implement it?
> I have read the HOWTO on sorting, there is an example of sorting
> classes there. Is there any other place where I can find more
> examples of using Python functions?
> Thanks,
> Turhan.

Hmmm... you could simulate it with:

## First we have...
L = [ ... original list ... ]

## Now, we create a sorted version of the list:
SL = L[:]

## We now create a dictionary keyed by item, relating to it's index:
D = dict( zip(SL, range(len(SL))) )

## And now, we transfer the index position as an attribute to
## the items on the original list:
for item in L:
   item.rank = D[item]


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