# Forum: Ruby Re: Newbie question about nested sort

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on 2006-01-04 15:37
```> >    print d[0]*d[1]
> > end
> >
> > [...]
>
> Generally you need to do conditional evaluation based on higher prio
> results.  Using "||" or "or" won't help here (dunno what Perl
> does here).
>
> You want something like
> [...]

hmmm, I don't think he realy *want's* this.

Please don't scare our new perl friends away... :)
there is a simple solution to that:

char_freq = [["c", 2],["b", 5],["a", 2]]
sorted_freq = char_freq.sort {|a, b| (b[1]<=>a[1]).nonzero? ||
a[0]<=>b[0] }
sorted_freq.each do |d|
print d[0]*d[1]
end

cheers

Simon```
on 2006-01-04 15:49
```Kroeger, Simon (ext) wrote:
>>>    print d[0]*d[1]
>
> hmmm, I don't think he realy *want's* this.
>
> Please don't scare our new perl friends away... :)

:-)))

> there is a simple solution to that:
>
> char_freq = [["c", 2],["b", 5],["a", 2]]
> sorted_freq = char_freq.sort {|a, b| (b[1]<=>a[1]).nonzero? ||
> a[0]<=>b[0] }
> sorted_freq.each do |d|
>    print d[0]*d[1]
> end

I didn't think of using #nonzero? - this clearly resembles the perl
solution most.  Although I'd say that I'd probably prefer the sort_by
approach with negated values...

Kind regards

robert```
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