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# Sorting in Python Tutorial

Discover what the sort method is and how to do it.
Jul 2020  · 1 min read

The `sort()` method is a built-in Python method that, by default, sorts the list in ascending order. However, you can modify the order from ascending to descending by specifying the sorting criteria.

## `sort()` Method

Let's say you want to sort the element in prices in ascending order. You would type `prices` followed by a `.` (period) followed by the method name, i.e., `sort` including the parentheses.

``````prices = [238.11, 237.81, 238.91]
prices.sort()
print(prices)
``````
``````[237.81, 238.11, 238.91]
``````

## Printing Sorted Lists

Again, using a similar example as above, we will use the `.sort()` method to sort and print the prices in the list named `prices`.

``````prices = [159.54, 37.13, 71.17]
prices.sort()
print(prices)
``````
``````[37.13, 71.17, 159.54]
``````

This content was taken from DataCamp’s Introduction to Python for Finance course by Adina Howe.

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