# [Numpy-discussion] is there a sortrows

David Cournapeau david@ar.media.kyoto-u.ac...
Sun Dec 21 20:53:18 CST 2008

```josef.pktd@gmail.com wrote:
> I was looking for a function that sorts a 2-dimensional array by rows.
> That's what I came up with, is there a more direct way?
>
>>>> a
> array([[1, 2],
>        [0, 0],
>        [1, 0],
>        [0, 2],
>        [2, 1],
>        [1, 0],
>        [1, 0],
>        [0, 0],
>        [1, 0],
>        [2, 2]])
>>>> a[np.lexsort(np.fliplr(a).T)]
> array([[0, 0],
>        [0, 0],
>        [0, 2],
>        [1, 0],
>        [1, 0],
>        [1, 0],
>        [1, 0],
>        [1, 2],
>        [2, 1],
>        [2, 2]])
>
> Note: I needed to flip and transpose, using axis didn't work
>
>>>> a.shape
> (10, 2)
>>>> np.lexsort(a,axis=1)
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "<pyshell#76>", line 1, in <module>
>     np.lexsort(a,axis=1)
> ValueError: axis(=1) out of bounds
>
>
> Specifying individual columns in argument also works, but it's a pain
> if I don't know how many columns there are:
>
>>>> a[np.lexsort((a[:,1],a[:,0]))]
> array([[0, 0],
>        [0, 0],
>        [0, 2],
>        [1, 0],
>        [1, 0],
>        [1, 0],
>        [1, 0],
>        [1, 2],
>        [2, 1],
>        [2, 2]])
>
> A helper function sortrows would be helpful, I don't know what would
> be the higher dimensional equivalent.
> Or did I miss a function that I didn't find in the help file?

I may miss something obvious, but why are you using lexsort at all ? At
leat, the first example is easily achieved with sort(x, axis=0) - but
maybe you have more complicated examples in mind where you need actual
lexical sort:

David
```

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