qts - 4 months ago 23

Node.js Question

I am trying to sort some paragraph numbers which have been extracted from a document.

Unfortunately they are not true decimals so the stardard

`sort`

The numbers also have an indeterminate number of decimals. For example they can appear as follows: ["1.i.a","1.i.b","1.i.c.A","1.i.c.B"]

After working on this problem for a while, I believe the best solution is to treat each number as sub-strings separated by '.'s and compare / order them according to the 'lowest' substring.

Can anyone suggest how this can be done in js?

Any help is much appreciated

Answer

Does that work for you? I can give more explanation if needed.

```
"use strict"
let index = ['3.1.a', '3.2', '3.11', '3.1.c', '3.2.z'];
index.sort((a, b) => {
var aArr = a.split('.'), bArr = b.split('.')
for (var i = 0, aLength = aArr.length; i < aLength; i++) {
let aVal = aArr[i], bVal = bArr[i]
if (bVal === undefined) return 1 // b lower index
if (aVal === bVal) continue
return typeof(aVal) === "string" ? aVal.charCode() - bVal.charCodeAt() : aVal - bVal; // for strings, works only if length == 1
}
return bArr[i] === undefined ? 0 : -1 // if b undefined, then both numbers are equal, otherwise a is shorter
})
console.log(index)
// outputs [ '3.1.a', '3.1.c', '3.2', '3.2.z', '3.11' ]
```