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 02072011, 12:40 AM #1Member
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sorting arraylist based on another arraylist
how can i sort 2 arraylist but only using 1 of them as criteria.
Like if I have arraylists and want to sort it based on the integers of x in ascending order.
x: [3,5,1,7,4]
y: [4,6,3,10,11]
I need to sort it so the arraylists become
x: [1,3,4,5,7]
y: [3,4,11,6,10]
so arraylist y is sorted according to x's ascending status, (meaning that all changes of x are transferred to y, so if for example x's 3rd element is moved to first position, y's 3rd element is moved to 1st as well, regardless of y's element's size.
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If it is a short list like that, I would use a bubble sort based on the first value.
Here is a piece of code that I use to do exactly that:
while(swapped)
{
swapped = false;
x++;
for (int i = 0; i < handSize  1; i++)
{
if(arrayValues[i] > arrayValues[i + 1])
{
temp = arrayValues[i];
tempTwo = arraySuits[i];
arrayValues[i] = arrayValues[i+1];
arrayValues[i+1] = temp;
arraySuits[i] = arraySuits[i+1];
arraySuits[i+1] = tempTwo;
swapped = true;
}
}
}
What I am sorting is a very small list, if you have a large list then I would not suggest bubble sort, it is inefficient. I know this is an array and not an ArrayList but I can't see why this wouldn't work for your situation.
Good luck.
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 02072011, 11:01 AM #4
i just tried out what you suggest and the algorith is ok but there is no 7th element in the y array.
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If you're replying to me: you misunderstood my suggestion: create a small class that just stores an index value; it corresponds to one element in the x array and its Comparable implenentation compares the element x[ i ] where i is the stored index. Sort a List of those little objects. Afterwards that List contains the index values of the elements of array x as if it where sorted.
if we call the list l, then before sorting:
Java Code:l: [0, 1, 2, 3, 4] x: [3, 5, 1, 7, 4] y: [4, 6, 3, 10, 11]
Java Code:l: [2, 0, 4, 1, 3] // corresponding to: x: [1, 3, 4, 5, 7] y: [3, 4, 11, 6, 10]
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