ma.MaskedArray.argsort(axis=<no value>, kind=None, order=None, endwith=True, fill_value=None)[source]

Return an ndarray of indices that sort the array along the specified axis. Masked values are filled beforehand to fill_value.

axisint, optional

Axis along which to sort. If None, the default, the flattened array is used.

Changed in version 1.13.0: Previously, the default was documented to be -1, but that was in error. At some future date, the default will change to -1, as originally intended. Until then, the axis should be given explicitly when arr.ndim > 1, to avoid a FutureWarning.

kind{‘quicksort’, ‘mergesort’, ‘heapsort’, ‘stable’}, optional

The sorting algorithm used.

orderlist, optional

When a is an array with fields defined, this argument specifies which fields to compare first, second, etc. Not all fields need be specified.

endwith{True, False}, optional

Whether missing values (if any) should be treated as the largest values (True) or the smallest values (False) When the array contains unmasked values at the same extremes of the datatype, the ordering of these values and the masked values is undefined.

fill_value{var}, optional

Value used internally for the masked values. If fill_value is not None, it supersedes endwith.

index_arrayndarray, int

Array of indices that sort a along the specified axis. In other words, a[index_array] yields a sorted a.

See also


Describes sorting algorithms used.


Indirect stable sort with multiple keys.


Inplace sort.


See sort for notes on the different sorting algorithms.


>>> a =[3,2,1], mask=[False, False, True])
>>> a
masked_array(data=[3, 2, --],
             mask=[False, False,  True],
>>> a.argsort()
array([1, 0, 2])