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Answer: How do I sort a hash by its values?

by tye (Sage)
on Jan 13, 2002 at 04:24 UTC ( #138361=categorized answer: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Q&A > hashes > How do I sort a hash by its values? - Answer contributed by tye

Don't make another structure. Just keep both the array and the hash handy. If you want all of the values (sorted), you simply do:     my @values= @hash[@array];
So, if you want the 3rd key and value, you use:
my $key= @array[2]; my $value= $hash{$key};
instead of, using your data structure:
my $key= $array_of_hashes[2]{key}; my $value= $array_of_hashes[2]{value};
or     my( $key, $value )= @{$array_of_hashes[2]}{qw( key value )};
The original array and hash also store the data using quite a bit less memory.

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