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How do I replace all characters in a string of unknown length with an underscore

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I am writing a function that randomly generates a word. I then want to create a new string, call it gameWord, that replaces all the characters in the randomly generated word with _
Nov 4 '13 #1
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twinnyfo
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EmilyM,

Without writing the code for you, you would start by finding the length of the word and then create a string of the same length, in which each character is the underscore.

Please show what you may have tried already.

Twinnyfo
Nov 4 '13 #2

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I think I got it:

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  1. def gameWord(word):
  2.     """
  3.     swaps out the random word with _, to use while the player is guessing
  4.     """
  5.     underscoreWord=word
  6.     i=0
  7.     for i in range (0,len(word)):
  8.         underscoreWord = underscoreWord.replace(word[i]," _ ")
  9.         i=i+1
  10.     #print word
  11.     return underscoreWord
Nov 6 '13 #3

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