Tough sorting problem: or, I'm confusing myself

Raymond Hettinger python at rcn.com
Wed Apr 14 18:35:18 CEST 2010


> > Not sure what the readability issue is.  The phrase "nlargest(2,
> > iterable)" does exactly what it says, finds the 2 largest elements
> > from an iterable.  That makes the programmer's intent more clear than
> > the slower, but semanticly equivalent form:  sorted(iterable)[:2].
>
> I think you meant
>
>    sorted(iterable, reverse=True)[:2]

:-)


Raymond



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