sorting a dictionary?

Anthony Liu antonyliu2002 at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 22 04:04:08 CET 2005


--- Scott David Daniels <Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org> wrote:
> Anthony Liu wrote:
> > mydict = {'the':358, 'they':29, 'went':7,
> 'said':65}
> > Is there an easy to sort this dictionary and get a
> > list like the following (in decreasing order)?
> Yes.
> 
>      def sortkey((word, frequency)):
>          return -frequency, word
> 
>      for word_freq in sorted(mydict.items(),
key=sortkey):
>          print '%-6s %s' % word_freq
> 

Thank you scott, but 'sorted' itself is not a python
library function.  So I assume by
"sorted(mydict.items()", you meant the object of
mydict.items() which has been sorted, right?

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