user1448892 user1448892 - 3 months ago 12
Javascript Question

Javascript - sort array based on another array

Is it possible to sort and rearrange an array that looks like this:

itemsArray = [
['Anne', 'a'],
['Bob', 'b'],
['Henry', 'b'],
['Andrew', 'd'],
['Jason', 'c'],
['Thomas', 'b']
]


to match the arrangement of this array:

sortingArr = [ 'b', 'c', 'b', 'b', 'a', 'd' ]


Unfortunately, I don’t have any IDs to keep track on. I would need to priority the items-array to match the sortingArr as close as possible.

Update:

Here is the output I’m looking for:

itemsArray = [
['Bob', 'b'],
['Jason', 'c'],
['Henry', 'b'],
['Thomas', 'b']
['Anne', 'a'],
['Andrew', 'd'],
]


Any idea how this can be done?

Answer

Something like:

items = [ 
    ['Anne', 'a'],
    ['Bob', 'b'],
    ['Henry', 'b'],
    ['Andrew', 'd'],
    ['Jason', 'c'],
    ['Thomas', 'b']
]

sorting = [ 'b', 'c', 'b', 'b', 'c', 'd' ];
result = []

sorting.forEach(function(key) {
    var found = false;
    items = items.filter(function(item) {
        if(!found && item[1] == key) {
            result.push(item);
            found = true;
            return false;
        } else 
            return true;
    })
})

result.forEach(function(item) {
    document.writeln(item[0]) /// Bob Jason Henry Thomas Andrew
})

Here's a shorter code, but it destroys the sorting array:

result = items.map(function(item) {
    var n = sorting.indexOf(item[1]);
    sorting[n] = '';
    return [n, item]
}).sort().map(function(j) { return j[1] })
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