Perform an indirect sort using a sequence of keys.
Given multiple sorting keys, which can be interpreted as columns in a spreadsheet, lexsort returns an array of integer indices that describes the sort order by multiple columns. The last key in the sequence is used for the primary sort order, the second-to-last key for the secondary sort order, and so on. The keys argument must be a sequence of objects that can be converted to arrays of the same shape. If a 2D array is provided for the keys argument, it’s rows are interpreted as the sorting keys and sorting is according to the last row, second last row etc.
keys : (k,N) array or tuple containing k (N,)-shaped sequences
axis : int, optional
indices : (N,) ndarray of ints
Sort names: first by surname, then by name.
>>> surnames = ('Hertz', 'Galilei', 'Hertz') >>> first_names = ('Heinrich', 'Galileo', 'Gustav') >>> ind = np.lexsort((first_names, surnames)) >>> ind array([1, 2, 0])
>>> [surnames[i] + ", " + first_names[i] for i in ind] ['Galilei, Galileo', 'Hertz, Gustav', 'Hertz, Heinrich']
Sort two columns of numbers:
>>> a = [1,5,1,4,3,4,4] # First column >>> b = [9,4,0,4,0,2,1] # Second column >>> ind = np.lexsort((b,a)) # Sort by a, then by b >>> print ind [2 0 4 6 5 3 1]
>>> [(a[i],b[i]) for i in ind] [(1, 0), (1, 9), (3, 0), (4, 1), (4, 2), (4, 4), (5, 4)]
Note that sorting is first according to the elements of a. Secondary sorting is according to the elements of b.
A normal argsort would have yielded:
>>> [(a[i],b[i]) for i in np.argsort(a)] [(1, 9), (1, 0), (3, 0), (4, 4), (4, 2), (4, 1), (5, 4)]
Structured arrays are sorted lexically by argsort:
>>> x = np.array([(1,9), (5,4), (1,0), (4,4), (3,0), (4,2), (4,1)], ... dtype=np.dtype([('x', int), ('y', int)]))
>>> np.argsort(x) # or np.argsort(x, order=('x', 'y')) array([2, 0, 4, 6, 5, 3, 1])