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Use sorted() function for simple data but complex objects using a lambda key function in Python. We can also add reverse=True, after the sorting condition, to sort the elements in reverse order.

sorted(a, key=lambda x: x.modified, reverse=True)

Take a look at this Example, you will understand:

a = ["tim", "bob", "anna", "steve", "john","aaaaa","zzza"]
a = sorted(a, key = lambda x:(x[-1],len(x),x))
print(a)

Python sorted lambda example

Simple example code sorted data for the city, compared against other cities by looking only at their population field.

cities = [
    {
        "name": "New York",
        "country": "USA",
        "population": 20.14,

    },
    {
        "name": "Tokyo",
        "country": "Japan",
        "population": 37.47,

    },
    {
        "name": "Los Angeles",
        "country": "USA",
        "population": 13.2,

    },
    {
        "name": "Madrid",
        "country": "Spain",
        "population": 6.79,

    },
    {
        "name": "Osaka",
        "country": "Japan",
        "population": 19.3,

    },
    {
        "name": "London",
        "country": "United Kingdom",
        "population": 14.26,
    }
]

# Sort by population
cities = sorted(cities, key=lambda city: city['population'])
print(cities)

# Sort by population DESCENDING
cities = sorted(cities, key=lambda city: -city['population'])
print(cities)

Output:

Python sorted lambda example

Sort the list according to the column using lambda

def sortArr(arr):
    for i in range(len(array[0])):
        res = sorted(arr, key=lambda x: x[i])

        print(i, res)


array = [['java', 1995],
         ['c++', 1983],
         ['python', 1989]]

sortArr(array)

Output:

0 [['c++', 1983], ['java', 1995], ['python', 1989]]
1 [['c++', 1983], ['python', 1989], ['java', 1995]]

Sort a list of strings using lambda and with multiple conditions

a = ["AAd", "aAAd", "AAAd", "adAA"]
a.sort(key=lambda x: (len(x), -x.count('A')))

Do comment if you have any doubts or suggestions on this Python sorting topic.

Note:
IDE: PyCharm 2020.1.1 (Community Edition)
macOS 10.15.4
Python 3.7
All Python Examples are in Python 3, so Maybe its different from python 2 or upgraded versions.

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