[Tutor] Sorting a list of lists aka nested lists

Danny Yoo dyoo at hkn.eecs.berkeley.edu
Sat Aug 13 22:38:21 CEST 2005

On Sat, 13 Aug 2005, Jim Roush wrote:

> I have a python script that creates a list of lists like so:
>     Quant.append( [ db_ticker, stock_close, MTD, 0, QTD, 0, YTD, 0, 0, 0 ] )
> After Quant is created, I want to sort it by MTD.  If I use a simple
> Quant.sort(), I assume its going to sort by 'db_ticker' which is not
> what I want.
> I've been trying to figure out how to use the cmp() in a list sort
> method and I have failed to understand.

Hi Jim,

AMK has written a nice mini-tutorial on how to use a list's sort()


Does his tutorial make sense, or are there parts in there that are
baffling?  Please feel free to ask questions on it, and we'll try to help.

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