## Issue

In python, I can do something like

```
a = [1,100,5,-5,-7,99,-100]
a.sort(key= lambda x: (x<0,abs(x)))
```

It gives me

`[1, 5, 99, 100, -5, -7, -100]`

It is sorted by positive/negative number and abs value.

How can I do the same thing in R? Without splitting into positive and negative numbers?

`a = c(1,100,5,-5,-7,99,-100)`

## Solution

Use the `order()`

function:

```
a = c(1,100,5,-5,-7,99,-100)
a[order(a < 0, abs(a))]
#> [1] 1 5 99 100 -5 -7 -100
```

^{Created on 2022-03-22 by the reprex package (v2.0.1)}

Another possibility which is useful in some situations is to define an `xtfrm`

method for a class. For example, if you know the values are all less than 1000, you could use

```
class(a) <- "classa"
xtfrm.classa <- function(x) {
(a < 0) + abs(a)/1000
}
sort(a)
#> [1] 1 5 99 100 -5 -7 -100
```

^{Created on 2022-03-22 by the reprex package (v2.0.1)}

Answered By – user2554330

Answer Checked By – Senaida (BugsFixing Volunteer)