# sorting according to another vector

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Danielle Leblanc on 5 Aug 2011
Commented: Steven Lord on 26 Oct 2018
Hi,
I have a vector A that doesn't follow any order. I want to sort Matrix B that has the first column of values similar to those of A but in different order. Is it possible to sort B according to A using a single function or should I write many codes to do so?

Walter Roberson on 5 Aug 2011
Sorry you will have to use multiple calls:
[a_sorted, a_order] = sort(A);
newB = B(a_order,:);

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Jan on 5 Aug 2011
@Danielle: Ok, then I have misunderstood your question. The information that B has "value similar to those of A" is meaningless then - correct?

Jan on 5 Aug 2011
I'm not sure, if I understand the question correctly. Do you want to bring B in the same order as the unsorted A? Then either sort both vectors and mix their sorting indicies:
[As, Ai] = sort(A);
[Bs, Bi] = sort(B(:, 1));
ABi(Ai) = Bi;
Now ABi is the sorting index to bring B to the order of A:
isequal(A, B(ABi, 1)) % ==> 1
Or let ISMEMBER do this for you:
[dummy, order] = ismember(A, B(:, 1));
isequal(A, B(order, 1)) % ==> 1

Pramit Biswas on 31 Jan 2018
Edited: Pramit Biswas on 31 Jan 2018
function B = sortBlikeA(A,B)
[~, Ao] = sort(A);
Bs=sort(B);
B(Ao)=Bs;
end

inzamam shoukat on 26 Oct 2018
Edited: inzamam shoukat on 26 Oct 2018
Hi every one......i have matrix lets suppose [3 2;1 9]
what i want to do is sort out the only first column in ascending order but problem is how to do it so that corresponding values which is in first row 2 for 3 in second row 9 for 1 change their positions according to the position of values of first column being sorted i.e [1 9; 3 2]...
LIMITATION : sorting operation never applied to second column....