Sorting a list of lists
R (Chandra) Chandrasekhar
chyavana at gmail.com
Fri Feb 12 18:45:35 CET 2010
Dear Folks,
I have lines of values like so:
14, [25, 105, 104]
10, [107, 106, 162]
21, [26, 116, 165]
I need to sort them in two ways:
(a) By the numeric value of the first column; and
(b) by the sum of the elements of the second item in each list, which is
a list in itself.
At present, I have appended each line into a list L so that I for teh
above minimal data, I have a list of lists thus:
[[14, [25, 105, 104]], [10, [107, 106, 162]], [21, [26, 116, 165]]]
I have tried using
(a) sorted(L, key = lambda x:(x[0]))
and
(b) sorted(L, key = lambda x:(sum(x[1])))
and get the anticipated results for (a) and (b0, at least with the above
minimal data set.
Is this a sensible way to go about the sorting, or are there better ways
of doing it in Python?
Also, I am baffled because the above fails obviously when len(L) is
about a hundred and I can't figure out why.
TIA
Chandra
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