# Python | Sort list of lists by lexicographic value and then length

• Last Updated : 11 May, 2020

There are many times different types of sorting has been discussed in python lists. The sorting of python list of lists has also been discussed. But sometimes, we have two parameters upon which we need to sort. First one being the list sum and next being its length. Let’s discuss how this type of problem can be solved.

Method #1 : Using `sort()` twice
The first approach that comes into the mind is the generic way that is to use the sort function twice, firstly on basis of the value and then on basis of size of list.

 `# Python code to demonstrate ` `# sort list of lists by value and length ` `# using sort() twice  ` ` `  `# initializing list  ` `test_list ``=` `[[``1``, ``4``, ``3``, ``2``], [``5``, ``4``, ``1``], [``1``, ``4``, ``6``, ``7``]] ` ` `  `# printing the original list ` `print` `(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list)) ` ` `  `# using sort() twice  ` `# sort list of lists by value and length ` `test_list.sort() ` `test_list.sort(key ``=` `len``) ` ` `  `# printing result ` `print` `(``"The list after sorting by value and length "` `+` `str``(test_list)) `

Output:

The original list is : [[1, 4, 3, 2], [5, 4, 1], [1, 4, 6, 7]]
The list after sorting by value and length [[5, 4, 1], [1, 4, 3, 2], [1, 4, 6, 7]]

Method #2 : Using lambda function
The above method calls a single sort function twice but as an improvement to it, this method calls the sort function just once and uses lambda function to perform both sorts in one go.

 `# Python code to demonstrate ` `# sort list of lists by value and length ` `# using lambda function ` ` `  `# initializing list  ` `test_list ``=` `[[``1``, ``4``, ``3``, ``2``], [``5``, ``4``, ``1``], [``1``, ``4``, ``6``, ``7``]] ` ` `  `# printing the original list ` `print` `(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list)) ` ` `  `# using lambda function  ` `# sort list of lists by value and length ` `res ``=` `sorted``(test_list, key ``=` `lambda` `i: (``len``(i), i)) ` ` `  `# printing result ` `print` `(``"The list after sorting by value and length "` `+` `str``(res)) `

Output:

The original list is : [[1, 4, 3, 2], [5, 4, 1], [1, 4, 6, 7]]
The list after sorting by value and length [[5, 4, 1], [1, 4, 3, 2], [1, 4, 6, 7]]

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