prof_jack prof_jack - 7 months ago 29
Java Question

Sorting HashMap by values

I need to sort my

HashMap
according to the values stored in it. The
HashMap
contains the contacts name stored in phone.

Also I need that the keys get automatically sorted as soon as I sort the values, or you can say the keys and values are bound together thus any changes in values should get reflected in keys.

HashMap<Integer,String> map = new HashMap<Integer,String>();
map.put("1",froyo);
map.put("2",abby);
map.put("3",denver);
map.put("4",frost);
map.put("5",daisy);


Required output:

2,abby;
5,daisy;
3,denver;
4,frost;
1,froyo;

Answer

Assuming Java, you could sort hashmap just like this:

public LinkedHashMap<Integer, String> sortHashMapByValues(
        HashMap<Integer, String> passedMap) {
    List<Integer> mapKeys = new ArrayList<>(passedMap.keySet());
    List<String> mapValues = new ArrayList<>(passedMap.values());
    Collections.sort(mapValues);
    Collections.sort(mapKeys);

    LinkedHashMap<Integer, String> sortedMap =
        new LinkedHashMap<>();

    Iterator<String> valueIt = mapValues.iterator();
    while (valueIt.hasNext()) {
        String val = valueIt.next();
        Iterator<Integer> keyIt = mapKeys.iterator();

        while (keyIt.hasNext()) {
            Integer key = keyIt.next();
            String comp1 = passedMap.get(key);
            String comp2 = val;

            if (comp1.equals(comp2)) {
                mapKeys.remove(key);
                sortedMap.put(key, val);
                break;
            }
        }
    }
    return sortedMap;
}

Just a kick-off example. This way is more useful as it sorts the HashMap and keeps the duplicate values as well.