A New Sort Order

One way users navigate large tables or charts is by sorting. Typically, users can sort data in ascending or descending order by one or more variables of interest. But what if the user is interested in seeing the bottom and the top of the sorted data simultaneously? One way to acheive this is to define a "sliding window" sort order in which we alternate between the top n most similiar and dissimilar items.

Infant mortality rate from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html

Ascending Descending Sliding Window