numpy.sort¶

numpy.
sort
(a, axis=1, kind='quicksort', order=None)[source]¶ Return a sorted copy of an array.
Parameters:  a : array_like
Array to be sorted.
 axis : int or None, optional
Axis along which to sort. If None, the array is flattened before sorting. The default is 1, which sorts along the last axis.
 kind : {‘quicksort’, ‘mergesort’, ‘heapsort’, ‘stable’}, optional
Sorting algorithm. The default is ‘quicksort’. Note that both ‘stable’ and ‘mergesort’ use timsort under the covers and, in general, the actual implementation will vary with data type. The ‘mergesort’ option is retained for backwards compatibility.
Changed in version 1.15.0.: The ‘stable’ option was added.
 order : str or list of str, optional
When a is an array with fields defined, this argument specifies which fields to compare first, second, etc. A single field can be specified as a string, and not all fields need be specified, but unspecified fields will still be used, in the order in which they come up in the dtype, to break ties.
Returns:  sorted_array : ndarray
Array of the same type and shape as a.
See also
ndarray.sort
 Method to sort an array inplace.
argsort
 Indirect sort.
lexsort
 Indirect stable sort on multiple keys.
searchsorted
 Find elements in a sorted array.
partition
 Partial sort.
Notes
The various sorting algorithms are characterized by their average speed, worst case performance, work space size, and whether they are stable. A stable sort keeps items with the same key in the same relative order. The four algorithms implemented in NumPy have the following properties:
kind speed worst case work space stable ‘quicksort’ 1 O(n^2) 0 no ‘heapsort’ 3 O(n*log(n)) 0 no ‘mergesort’ 2 O(n*log(n)) ~n/2 yes ‘timsort’ 2 O(n*log(n)) ~n/2 yes Note
The datatype determines which of ‘mergesort’ or ‘timsort’ is actually used, even if ‘mergesort’ is specified. User selection at a finer scale is not currently available.
All the sort algorithms make temporary copies of the data when sorting along any but the last axis. Consequently, sorting along the last axis is faster and uses less space than sorting along any other axis.
The sort order for complex numbers is lexicographic. If both the real and imaginary parts are nonnan then the order is determined by the real parts except when they are equal, in which case the order is determined by the imaginary parts.
Previous to numpy 1.4.0 sorting real and complex arrays containing nan values led to undefined behaviour. In numpy versions >= 1.4.0 nan values are sorted to the end. The extended sort order is:
 Real: [R, nan]
 Complex: [R + Rj, R + nanj, nan + Rj, nan + nanj]
where R is a nonnan real value. Complex values with the same nan placements are sorted according to the nonnan part if it exists. Nonnan values are sorted as before.
New in version 1.12.0.
quicksort has been changed to an introsort which will switch heapsort when it does not make enough progress. This makes its worst case O(n*log(n)).
‘stable’ automatically choses the best stable sorting algorithm for the data type being sorted. It, along with ‘mergesort’ is currently mapped to timsort. API forward compatibility currently limits the ability to select the implementation and it is hardwired for the different data types.
New in version 1.17.0.
Timsort is added for better performance on already or nearly sorted data. On random data timsort is almost identical to mergesort. It is now used for stable sort while quicksort is still the default sort if none is chosen. For details of timsort, refer to CPython listsort.txt.
Examples
>>> a = np.array([[1,4],[3,1]]) >>> np.sort(a) # sort along the last axis array([[1, 4], [1, 3]]) >>> np.sort(a, axis=None) # sort the flattened array array([1, 1, 3, 4]) >>> np.sort(a, axis=0) # sort along the first axis array([[1, 1], [3, 4]])
Use the order keyword to specify a field to use when sorting a structured array:
>>> dtype = [('name', 'S10'), ('height', float), ('age', int)] >>> values = [('Arthur', 1.8, 41), ('Lancelot', 1.9, 38), ... ('Galahad', 1.7, 38)] >>> a = np.array(values, dtype=dtype) # create a structured array >>> np.sort(a, order='height') # doctest: +SKIP array([('Galahad', 1.7, 38), ('Arthur', 1.8, 41), ('Lancelot', 1.8999999999999999, 38)], dtype=[('name', 'S10'), ('height', '<f8'), ('age', '<i4')])
Sort by age, then height if ages are equal:
>>> np.sort(a, order=['age', 'height']) # doctest: +SKIP array([('Galahad', 1.7, 38), ('Lancelot', 1.8999999999999999, 38), ('Arthur', 1.8, 41)], dtype=[('name', 'S10'), ('height', '<f8'), ('age', '<i4')])