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Python | Flatten and Reverse Sort Matrix
  • Last Updated : 30 Dec, 2020

The flattening of list of list has been discussed many times, but sometimes, in addition to flattening, it is also required to get the string in reverse sorted manner. Let’s discuss certain ways in which this can be done.

Method #1 : Using sorted() + reverse + list comprehension
This idea is similar to flattening a list of list but in addition to it, we add a sorted function along with reverse as key, to reverse sort the returned flattened list done by list comprehension.

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# Python3 code to demonstrate
# Flatten and Reverse Sort Matrix
# using sorted + list comprehension
  
# initializing list of list 
test_list = [[3, 5], [7, 3, 9], [1, 12]]
  
# printing original list of list 
print("The original list : " + str(test_list))
  
# using sorted + list comprehension
# Flatten and Reverse Sort Matrix
res = sorted([j for i in test_list for j in i], reverse = True)
  
# print result
print("The reverse sorted and flattened list : " + str(res))

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Output :

The original list : [[3, 5], [7, 3, 9], [1, 12]]
The reverse sorted and flattened list : [12, 9, 7, 5, 3, 3, 1]

 

Method #2 : Using itertools.chain() + sorted() + reverse
The task that was done by list comprehension above can also be performed using the chain function that links elements of list and then sorted function does the task of sorting with the help of reverse for reverse sorting.



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# Python3 code to demonstrate
# Flatten and Reverse Sort Matrix
# using itertools.chain() + sorted()
from itertools import chain
  
# initializing list of list 
test_list = [[3, 5], [7, 3, 9], [1, 12]]
  
# printing original list of list 
print("The original list : " + str(test_list))
  
# using itertools.chain() + sorted()
# Flatten and Reverse Sort Matrix
res = sorted(chain(*test_list), reverse = True)
  
# print result
print("The reverse sorted and flattened list : " + str(res))

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Output :

The original list : [[3, 5], [7, 3, 9], [1, 12]]
The reverse sorted and flattened list : [12, 9, 7, 5, 3, 3, 1]

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