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# Sorting a list in Python

schedule Aug 12, 2023
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There are two main ways to sort a list in Python:

# list.sort(~)

To sort the list `animals` in descending alphabetical order:

``` animals = ['cat', 'doge', 'bird']print("Return value of sort: ", animals.sort(reverse=True))print("Animals: ", animals) Return value of sort: NoneAnimals: ['doge', 'cat', 'bird'] ```

Notice that nothing is returned from `animals.sort(reverse = True)`. However, the original list is modified and the elements are now sorted in descending alphabetical order.

# sorted(~)

To sort the list `animals` in descending alphabetical order:

``` animals = ['cat', 'doge', 'bird'] print("Return value of sorted: ", sorted(animals, reverse=True))print("Animals: ", animals) Return value of sorted: ['doge', 'cat', 'bird']Animals: ['cat', 'doge', 'bird'] ```

Notice that `sorted(animals, reverse=True)` returns the sorted list. However, the original list is unmodified.

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