# counting substrings in a master-string

Hi experts,

I need a routine that can search within a string.

This routine must count all occurrencies of a1,a2.....h7,h8 (=8x8=64 possibilities)
within a master-string.

For example: If the string to be examined is:

master:='Ka1, Lb4,Td4, Kf6, Bh7';

the routine I am searching for should return the value 5.

(a1,b4,d4,f6,h7 = 5 occurrencies within the masterstring)

Have you an idea how this could be done in Delphi 3.0 ?

With kind regards

Mathes

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Commented:
Hi mathes,

This is a solution :

unit Unit1;

interface

uses
Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms, Dialogs,
StdCtrls;

type
TForm1 = class(TForm)
Button1: TButton;
Edit1: TEdit;
Memo1: TMemo;
procedure Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
private
{ Private declarations }
public
{ Public declarations }
end;

var
Form1: TForm1;

implementation

{\$R *.DFM}

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var i : char;
j : integer;
HandyStr : String;
Count : integer;
begin
Count := 0;
HandyStr := Edit1.Text;
for i := 'a' to 'h' do begin
for j := 1 to 8 do begin
while Pos(i+IntToStr(j), HandyStr) <> 0 do begin
Inc(Count);
Delete(HandyStr, Pos(i+IntToStr(j),HandyStr), Length(i+IntToStr(j)));
memo1.Lines.Add(handystr);
end;
end;
end;
showmessage('sum : '+InttoStr(Count));
end;

end.

Regards, Zif.
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Commented:
hi mathes

try this

function CountContents(Source, Delimeter : String) : Integer;
var
s : String;
i : Integer;
begin
i := 0;
s := source;
while pos(Delimeter,s) > 0 do
begin
delete(s,pos(Delimeter,s),Length(delimeter));
inc(i);
end;
result := i + 1;
end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
edit3.text := inttostr(Countcontents(edit1.text,edit2.text));
end;

meikl
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Commented:
This is probably even better, ... you can use several ways :

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var i : char;
j : integer;
HandyStr : String;
Count : integer;
begin
Count := 0;
HandyStr := Edit1.Text;
for i := 'a' to 'h' do begin
if Pos(i, HandyStr) <> 0 then begin
for j := 1 to 8 do begin
while Pos(i+IntToStr(j), HandyStr) <> 0 do begin
Inc(Count);
Delete(HandyStr, Pos(i+IntToStr(j),HandyStr), Length(i+IntToStr(j)));
memo1.Lines.Add(handystr);
end;
end;
end;
end;
showmessage('sum : '+InttoStr(Count));
end;
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Commented:
Hi Mathes,

meikl's solution just count the strings that are splitted by a specific character. Perhaps this is good enough. I'm not sure, what you really need.
Is this string (it's for a chess program, right?) always in this format "Ka1, Lb2" or can there be more than one substring between two "," characters like this "Ka1 Lb2, Tc3"?

Regards, Madshi.
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Commented:
oops, meikl, didn't saw your comment. Sorry. I didn't refreshed the thread before answering it... Terrible sorry.
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Commented:
How about this one:

function FindAllOccurances(TheString: String): integer;
type
TAlphaSet = set of char;
TNumbSet = set of char;
var
I: integer;
TempString: String;
QueString: String[2];
TheAlphaSet: TAlphaSet;
TheNumbSet: TNumbSet;
begin
QueString := '';
Result := 0;
TheAlphaSet := ['A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E', 'F', 'G', 'H',
'a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f', 'g', 'h'];
TheNumbSet := ['1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8'];
TempString := LowerCase(TheString);
for I := length(TempString) downto 1 do
begin
QueString := TempString[I] + QueString;
if (QueString[1] in TheAlphaSet) and (QueString[2] in TheNumbSet) then
inc(Result);
end;
end;

Heath
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Commented:
Oops, copied wrong version.  This was my final version

function FindAllOccurances(TheString: String): integer;
type
TAlphaSet = set of char;
TNumbSet = set of char;
var
I: integer;
QueString: String[2];
TheAlphaSet: TAlphaSet;
TheNumbSet: TNumbSet;
begin
QueString := '';
Result := 0;
TheAlphaSet := ['A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E', 'F', 'G', 'H',
'a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f', 'g', 'h'];
TheNumbSet := ['1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8'];
for I := length(TheString) downto 1 do
begin
QueString := TheString[I] + QueString;
if (QueString[1] in TheAlphaSet) and (QueString[2] in TheNumbSet) then
inc(Result);
end;
end;

Heath
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Commented:
Mine is cuter.......... :) lol
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Commented:
Trimmed some more - stupid error in logic

Oops, copied wrong version.  This was my final version

function FindAllOccurances(TheString: String): integer;
type
TCharSet = set of char;
var
I: integer;
QueString: String[2];
TheAlphaSet, TheNumbSet: TCharSet;
begin
QueString := '';
Result := 0;
TheAlphaSet := ['A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E', 'F', 'G', 'H',
'a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f', 'g', 'h'];
TheNumbSet := ['1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8'];
for I := length(TheString) downto 1 do
begin
QueString := TheString[I] + QueString;
if (QueString[1] in TheAlphaSet) and (QueString[2] in TheNumbSet) then
inc(Result);
end;
end;

Heath
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Author Commented:
Hi experts,

thank you all for your valuable ideas. Madshi is right to assume that my program has to do with chess.
I am currently writing a graphical user interface to a originally command line driven (arrrgghh, very
uncomfortable to handle...) chess program which can't play chess but solve chess problems. The normal
way to delimit the pieces are tabs or blanks: "Ka3 Qd4 Rb7". In some case sometimes the coordinates even
don't have a delimiter!!! The external chess program even understands an input like: Pa3d4f5, which is
identical with: Pa3 Pd4 Pf5. So in my case it is indeed the best solution to count the coordinates and
disregard the  characters preceeding the coordinates of the squares and identifying the concrete piece.
However I know that this method has a severe disadvantage: if there is a substring like "Xa1"
in the masterstring, the piececounter is incremented, too, although there is no piece which
has the specifier "X". But you can't have all in life. Unfortunately the chess program can
handle even very exotic pieces from Chinese chess and fairy chess, so it is not sufficient to
scan for (k,q,r,b,k,p) king,queen,rook,bishop,knight and pawn. But this is now a completely
different story...

With kind regards

Mathes
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Commented:
no prob, zif

meikl

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