I have a list of words that I can sort by name. The list might also contain duplicates, triplicates, quadruplicates etc. The list can also be sorted in such a way that such repetitions show up on time. What should I call this sort mode? "Sort by Duplicity" is the closest I could get. But I was told that it is usually used in a negative sense. I'm looking for alternate suggestions that would ideally be a single word.

  • multiplicity? You mean that terms that appear 4 times come before terms thay appear 3 times, and so on, right? – user339660 Jun 21 '19 at 14:08
  • Sort by appearances or instances is far more natural that whatever word might fit the exact request... – lly Jun 21 '19 at 14:18
  • Duplicity would be related to being duplicitous... two-faced. Not what you're looking for. – stevesliva Jun 21 '19 at 15:14
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    Unix programs call this sorting by count, but I'm not sure I love that nomenclature. – stevesliva Jun 21 '19 at 15:15
  • If you dont like the other suggestions, maybe multiplicate? – Blaisem Jul 19 '19 at 13:02

If you need a single word, "sort by frequency" sounds the most natural to me:

the number, proportion, or percentage of items in a particular category in a set of data

(source: Merriam Webster)

"Sort by number of appearances/instances" works as well but is a few words longer; what @lly suggests is technically speaking not complete (but will certainly be understood by most users).


Find the dupes.

"Dupes" stands for duplicates.

This is the standard way one talks about duplicate records in a database.

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