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# Sorting values of the table from largest to smallest

Posts: 9

Hello
I have a problem with the sorting of a table by using a function. I tried to create a function that sorts the contents of the table from the largest to the smallest value. But I failed. So far I have only rarely used tables and I'm slightly awkward in this area. I would very happy if someone can help me.

With kind regards,
Gewis

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• Mod
Posts: 8,030

Here’s a way.

``````function setup()
tab={34,23,65,74,12,26}

print("Current table order")
for x,y in pairs(tab) do
print(x,y)
end
print()

print("Sorted high to low")
table.sort(tab,highLow)
for x,y in pairs(tab) do
print(x,y)
end
print()

print("Sorted low to high")
table.sort(tab,lowHigh)
for x,y in pairs(tab) do
print(x,y)
end

end

function highLow(a,b)
return a>b
end

function lowHigh(a,b)
return a<b
end
``````
• Mod
Posts: 8,030

if you don’t want seperate functions, this works.

``````function setup()
tab={6,3,9,8,2,1}

table.sort(tab,function(i,j) return(i>j) end)

for a,b in pairs(tab) do
print(b)
end
end
``````
• Posts: 9

@dave1707 Thank you, that is exactly what I was looking for