Pattu Pattu - 5 months ago 6
Python Question

Sort a nested dictionary in Python

I have the following dictionary.

var = a = {
'Black': { 'grams': 1906, 'price': 2.05},
'Blue': { 'grams': 9526, 'price': 22.88},
'Gold': { 'grams': 194, 'price': 8.24},
'Magenta': { 'grams': 6035, 'price': 56.69},
'Maroon': { 'grams': 922, 'price': 18.76},
'Mint green': { 'grams': 9961, 'price': 63.89},
'Orchid': { 'grams': 4970, 'price': 10.78},
'Tan': { 'grams': 6738, 'price': 50.54},
'Yellow': { 'grams': 6045, 'price': 54.19}
}


How can I sort it based on the
price
. So the resulting dictionary will look like below.

result = {
'Black': { 'grams': 1906, 'price': 2.05},
'Gold': { 'grams': 194, 'price': 8.24},
'Orchid': { 'grams': 4970, 'price': 10.78},
'Maroon': { 'grams': 922, 'price': 18.76},
'Blue': { 'grams': 9526, 'price': 22.88},
'Tan': { 'grams': 6738, 'price': 50.54},
'Magenta': { 'grams': 6035, 'price': 56.69},
'Mint green': { 'grams': 9961, 'price': 63.89},
}

Answer

Construct an OrderedDict from a list of ordered item tuples:

from collections import OrderedDict

ordered = OrderedDict(sorted(a.items(), key=lambda i: i[1]['price']))

(.items() assumes Python 3, in Python 2 iteritems should do the same.)