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How to Sort String Type Numbers by Absolute Value In Attribute Table

Question asked by 95vtec on Nov 19, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 21, 2013 by 95vtec

I'm having troubles sorting a column of numbers in string format by absolute value (see attachment). Is there even a way to do this?  My options are limited seeing that the column cannot be changed to be a number format (nothing can be altered because it is live data hooked up to an application).  I'd like to get the numbers sorted ascending: e.g.(5000, 4999, 4998 etc), however they are sorting: 5000, 4999, 498, 4997, 496 etc..  Any suggestions?