how to sort a hash list without generating a new object?

Chris Rebert clp2 at
Wed Aug 3 02:53:26 CEST 2011

On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 11:02 AM, smith jack <thinke365 at> wrote:
> the source code is as follows
> x={}
> x['a'] = 11
> x['c'] = 19
> x['b'] = 13
> print x
> tmp = sorted(x.items(), key = lambda x:x[0])    #  increase order by
> default, if i want to have a descending order, what should i do?

Pass reverse=True. Read the find documentation for sorted().

tmp = sorted(x.items(), key=lambda x:x[0], reverse=True)

> # after sorted is called, a list will be generated, and the hash list

It's not a hash list ( ), it's a
hash table. In Python, we call them dictionaries or dicts.

> x is not changed at all, how to convert x to a sorted hash list
> without generating a new object?

There is no such thing as a sorted hash table (unless you're using an
exotic variant).
Why do you care whether it generates a new object or not?

If you /really/ need a sorted mapping datatype, google for
"sorteddict" (which is quite distinct from OrderedDict).
Or look for a binary search tree or skip list implementation of some
sort; but these aren't commonly used in Python, so it may be hard to
find a good one.


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