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How could I use the $Rownum tool to get sequential number for a field to make sure the southernmost and westernmost point is 1 and the following numbers follow this rule set (where South is first and West is second importance). For example, when I use $Rownum I have this output:

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But What I want is this output:

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The only solution I have found so far is to use the plugin Sort and Number. First get latitude and longitude for each point using Add Geometry Attributes then use the plugin. Input ycoord as 1st field and xcoord as 2nd field. This will had a column with the row number.

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