# Python – Actual order index distance

• Last Updated : 19 Feb, 2020

Sometimes we have an unsorted list an we wish to find the actual position the elements could be when they would be sorted, i.e we wish to construct the list which could give the position distance to each element destined if the list was sorted. This has a good application in web development and competitive programming domain. Let’s discuss certain ways in which this can be done.

Method #1 : Using `sorted() + index()` + list comprehension
All the above function can combine to achieve this particular task. The sorted function returns the sorted order and the indexing is done by the index function. List comprehension does the task of doing for whole list elements and integrating both tasks.

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 `# Python3 code to demonstrate``# Actual order index distance``# using sorted() + index() + list comprehension`` ` `# initializing list``test_list ``=` `[``6``, ``3``, ``1``, ``2``, ``5``, ``4``]`` ` `# printing original list``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# using sorted() + index() + list comprehension``# Actual order index distance``temp ``=` `sorted``(test_list) ``res ``=` `[``abs``(temp.index(ele) ``-` `idx) ``for` `idx, ele ``in` `enumerate``(test_list)]`` ` `# printing result``print` `(``"The relative ordering list is : "` `+` `str``(res))`
Output :

```The original list is : [6, 3, 1, 2, 5, 4]
The relative ordering list is : [5, 1, 2, 2, 0, 2]
```

Method #2 : Using `map() + enumerate() + dictionary comprehension + sorted()`
The dictionary comprehension is used in place of list comprehension and the sorted list is formed and the index distance of actual ordering in sorted list are traversed using enumerate to have key-value pair and then are get by map for all the indices in list.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate``# Actual order index distance``# using map() + enumerate() + dictionary comprehension + sorted()`` ` `# initializing list``test_list ``=` `[``6``, ``3``, ``1``, ``2``, ``5``, ``4``]`` ` `# printing original list``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# using map() + enumerate() + dictionary comprehension + sorted()``# Actual order index distance``temp ``=` `{val: ``abs``(key ``-` `test_list.index(val)) ``for` `key, val ``in` `enumerate``(``sorted``(test_list))}``res ``=` `list``(``map``(temp.get, test_list))`` ` `# printing result``print` `(``"The relative ordering list is : "` `+` `str``(res))`
Output :
```The original list is : [6, 3, 1, 2, 5, 4]
The relative ordering list is : [5, 1, 2, 2, 0, 2]
```

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