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# Python: Sort one list based on another list containing the desired indexes

## Python List: Exercise - 218 with Solution

Write a Python program to sort one list based on another list containing the desired indexes.

• Use zip() and sorted() to combine and sort the two lists, based on the values of indexes.
• Use a list comprehension to get the first element of each pair from the result
• Use the reverse parameter in sorted() to sort the dictionary in reverse order, based on the third argument

Sample Solution:

Python Code:

``````# Define a function called 'sort_by_indexes' that sorts a list based on a list of corresponding indexes.
def sort_by_indexes(lst, indexes, reverse=False):
# Use the 'sorted' function to sort the list 'lst' based on the corresponding indexes.
# The 'zip' function is used to pair each element of 'indexes' with the elements of 'lst'.
# The sorting is done based on the indexes, and the 'reverse' flag determines whether to sort in reverse order.
return [val for (_, val) in sorted(zip(indexes, lst), key=lambda x: x[0], reverse=reverse)]

# Example usage: Sort 'l1' based on the corresponding indexes in 'l2'.
l1 = ['eggs', 'bread', 'oranges', 'jam', 'apples', 'milk']
l2 = [3, 2, 6, 4, 1, 5]
print(sort_by_indexes(l1, l2))  # Sort in ascending order.
print(sort_by_indexes(l1, l2, True))  # Sort in descending order.
```
```

Sample Output:

```['apples', 'bread', 'eggs', 'jam', 'milk', 'oranges']
['oranges', 'milk', 'jam', 'eggs', 'bread', 'apples']
```

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