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How to count letters in a text file?

P: 4
Following is a code that counts the number of letters in a text file named "alice_in_wonderland.txt"
So far I only have text: aaaaa bbbb cccc
in the text file:

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  1. #
  3. def display(i):
  4.     if i == 10: return 'LF'
  5.     if i == 13: return 'CR'
  6.     if i == 32: return 'SPACE'
  7.     return chr(i)
  9. infile = open('alice_in_wonderland.txt', 'r')
  10. text =
  11. infile.close
  13. counts = 128* [0]
  14. for letter in text:
  15.     counts[ord(letter)]+=1
  16. outfile =open('alice_counts.dat','w')
  17. outfile.write("-12s%s\n" % ("Character","Count"))
  18. outfile.write("====================\n")
  19. for i in range(len(counts)):
  20.         if counts[i]:
  21.             outfile.write("%-12s%d\n" % (display(i), counts[i]))
  22. outfile.close()
When I run this code I get the error:
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  1. Traceback (most recent call last):
  2.   File "", line 15, in <module>
  3.     counts[ord(letter)]+=1
  4. IndexError: list index out of range

Even though this example is straight out of the book How to Think Like a Computer Scientist Learning with Python 2nd Edition. Could someone help me find what is wrong with this code?

When I run the code with the alice_in_wonderland.txt text file provided in this location: I get a different error:

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  1.   File "", line 18, in <module>
  2.     outfile.write("-12s%s\n" % ("Character","Count"))
  3. TypeError: not all arguments converted during string formatting
Jan 7 '11 #1
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P: 4
This seems to work now with the given text file and the given code, with no apparent reason. Not sure why I was getting the errors above.
Jan 7 '11 #2

P: 1
U missed % symbol before "-12s%s\n" it should be like "%-12s%s\n"

See The Reason is.. U are passing two arguments for writing it, As the % is not there it considered as string and so only one argument get converted to actual value.. and another one not converted...
In python u will get meaningful error.. try understand the error .. u can solve anything...
Jan 21 '11 #3

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