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Count number of words in a text file

Posted on 2006-11-21
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Hi,

I'm looking for some code that will open a text file and count the number of words in it.

Thanks
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see QStrings.pas: http://www.torry.net/vcl/vcltools/text/adqstrings.zip which is a high speed strings manipulation unit.
It has the functions

function Q_CountOfWords(const S, Delimiters: string): Integer; overload;
function Q_CountOfWords(const S: string; const Delimiters: TCharSet =  Q_StdDelimsSet): Integer; overload;

so you could do something like:

var Data: TStringlist;
 NrOfWords: integer;
begin
 Data := TStringList.Create();
 try
  Data.LoadFromFile('myfile.text');
  NrOfWords := Q_CountOfWords(Data.Text, ' ');
 finally
  Data.Free();
 end;
end;
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Hi, or simply try this:

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
SL:TStringList;
i,j,c:Integer;
s:String;
begin
   c:=0;
   SL:=TStringList.create;
   SL.LoadFromFile('C:\Test.txt');
   for i:=0 to SL.Count-1 do begin
     s:=Trim(SL[i]);
     if Length(s)>0 then
       for j:=1 to Length(s) do
         if (((s[j]<>' ') and (j=1)) or ((s[j]<>' ') and (s[j-1]=' '))) then
           inc(c)
   end;
   SL.Free;
   ShowMessage(IntToStr(c));
end;
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by:TName
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The same as a function:

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);  
begin
   ShowMessage(IntToStr(CountFileWords('C:\Test.txt')));
end;


function CountFileWords(FName:String):Integer;
var
SL:TStringList;
i,j:Integer;
s:String;
begin
   Result:=0;
   SL:=TStringList.create;
   try
     SL.LoadFromFile('C:\Test.txt');
     for i:=0 to SL.Count-1 do begin
       s:=Trim(SL[i]);
       if Length(s)>0 then
         for j:=1 to Length(s) do
           if (((s[j]<>' ') and (j=1)) or ((s[j]<>' ')and(s[j-1]=' '))) then
             inc(Result);
   end;
   finally
     SL.Free;
   end;
end;
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by:TName
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Oops, in the case of the function it should of course be:

  SL.LoadFromFile(FName);

instead of

 SL.LoadFromFile('C:\Test.txt');
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To exclude non-word stand alone chars, the function could be expanded like this
(any char can be added to "NotValid")

function CountFileWords(FName:String):Integer;
var
SL:TStringList;
i,j:Integer;
s:String;
var NotValid : set of Char;
begin
   Result:=0;
   NotValid:= ['.',',','-','_','|','<','>'];
   SL:=TStringList.create;
   try
     SL.LoadFromFile(FName);
     for i:=0 to SL.Count-1 do begin
       s:=Trim(SL[i]);
       if Length(s)>0 then
         for j:=1 to Length(s) do
           if (((s[j]<>' ') and (j=1)) or ((s[j]<>' ') and ((s[j-1]=' ') or (s[j-1] in NotValid)))
               and (not(s[j] in NotValid))) then
             inc(Result);
     end;
   finally
     SL.Free;
   end;
end;

An exact definition of what a word is can help decide which method is best (e.g use ['a'..'z','A'..'Z']...)
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