identifying variables - yep, that'll do it.

Barry Levine themacguy at
Wed May 14 16:14:01 EDT 2003


Appending the var name to the digit is what I finally came up with 
(4A,5B,3C would sort descending numeric as 5B,4A,3C). So all I have to 
do is examine the last char of the first item to know which var was 
"the largest" and then act accordingly.

I tried the following in the Message box:

put "27x","31y","3c" into tempStuff
sort items of tempStuff descending numeric
put tempStuff

The result was:   31y,27x,3c

So it seems that even 2-digit numbers are recognized properly in this 

*whew* What a relief!


On Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at 01:40 PM, 
use-revolution-request at wrote:

> Message: 2
> Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 11:47:05 -0600
> Subject: Re: Identifying variables
> From: Dar Scott <dsc at>
> To: use-revolution at
> Reply-To: use-revolution at
> On Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at 11:20 AM, Barry Levine wrote:
>> I have three variables - let's use A, B, and C - that contain whole
>> numbers anywhere from 0 to 5; it is probably that at least two of the
>> vars will contain identical numbers. I sort them descending using:
>> put A,B,C into theVars
>> sort items of theVars desending numeric
>> Now the three vars can be in any order. How do I know which var is now
>> first in the order?
> Here are three things to try:
> 1
> Append the name to the digit and sort that.  (if the numbers are
> actually greater than a single digit then format them fixed length.)

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