Descending order


The descending order is the one that corresponds to the numbers that follow a sequence from highest to lowest.

That is, if a set of figures follows a descending order, the first will be greater than the second, this in turn will be greater than the third, and so on until the last element is reached, which will be the smallest of all.

To explain it in a practical way, let's imagine that we have the following group of numbers:

45, 66, 35, 67, 13, 345, 54

If we place them in ascending order it would be as follows:

345, 67, 66, 54, 45, 35, 13

It should be noted that to order a database in descending order today there are tools such as Excel where you can work with a large amount of data.

It is also worth mentioning that a series of words can be ordered in descending order according to the alphabet. For example, as follows:

Vanessa, Úrsula, Tatiana, Mariana, Diana, Carla, Beatriz, Alicia.

Why use descending order?

We can sort in descending order for more than one reason and in different contexts. For example, suppose we want to know, for a chain of stores, in which establishment in the city of Madrid the highest volume of sales has been presented. Then, we will refer to the first venues on the list:

CampusSales in July (in thousands of euros)
Madrid Center560
Madrid South430
Madrid East210
Madrid West190
Madrid North98

Likewise, putting an example more related to the economy, let's imagine that we order countries in descending order by gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, considering the purchasing power as a function of the prices of the economy of each nation. In this way, we could have a table like the following:

CountryGDP per capita in US $ per year

In examples like the ones shown, sorting in descending order could lead to a more in-depth analysis. For example, try to investigate what factors nations with higher GDP per capita have in common.

Ascending order

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