# Count the number of times the delimiter occurs by escaping the delimiter in a special case

Count the number of times the delimiter occurs by escaping the delimiter in a special case

I have read the entire content of a file as String. Now i want to identify the number of times of a delimiter found in the entire string..However it should not be followed by a question mark and we should ignore them.

example

Number of occurances found of \$ = 1 in the below FTX+AAA+++201707141009UTC?:??\$QASCO UK LTS;?:V.D??\$ TOUZA?:GB?:GB\$

Number of occurances found of \$ = 2 in the below FTX+AAA+++201707141009UTC?:??\$QASCO UK LTS;?:V.D??\$ TOUZA?:GB?:GB\$ABCD\$

Number of occurances found of \$ = 3 in the below FTX+AAA+++201707141009UTC?:??\$QASCO UK LTS;?:V.D??\$ TOUZA?:GB?:GB\$ABCD\$PPP?\$QQQQ\$

Please let me know how to achieve this in java.

Thanks.
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Software EngineerCommented:
You can solve it using regular expression. (https://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/api/java/util/regex/Pattern.html)
Use Pattern and Matcher classes.
1. Check how many ?\$ are there. => Store in variable (No_Of_QD)
2. Check total no of \$    => Store in variable (NO_OF_D)
3. Count =  NO_OF_D - No_Of_QD
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IT Business Systems Analyst / Software DeveloperCommented:
Here is a one-liner to get what you want (note this might not be the most efficient method, if efficiency is important let us know and I can modify slightly)...

``````int count = "FTX+AAA+++201707141009UTC?:??\$QASCO UK LTS;?:V.D??\$ TOUZA?:GB?:GB\$".split("(?<!\\?)\\\$", -1).length - 1;
``````

Explanation: the regex uses a negative look-behind to find just the delimiter \$ (it excludes those that are preceded by the ? ). Then it splits the original string based on this delimiter into an array and gets the number of elements in the array, minus 1. The minus 1 is because a string with, for example, 2 delimiters will split into 3 strings, so we take one away to get the answer.
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Information Technology SpecialistCommented:
Can you explain your example results? In the first string, there are three dollar signs, one followed by a Q, one followed by a T (that displays as being on the next line) and one followed by nothing (it's a the end of the line), yet you say the answer should be 1. In the third string, there are five dollar signs followed by a letter and not a question mark, yet you say the answer should be 3.
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IT Business Systems Analyst / Software DeveloperCommented:
@awking00,

I think it's just a language thing, and they meant to say "should not be preceded by a ?"

Must say that I didn't even notice this when I read the question, because it is pretty obvious from the examples and the question was referring to"escape" characters which generally always come before the character being escaped.
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Information Technology SpecialistCommented:
The simplest way is probably to use apache.commons.lang.String Utils,countMatches method (or countOccurrences in later versions)
String = "FTX+AAA+++201707141009UTC?:??\$QASCO UK LTS;?:V.D??\$ TOUZA?:GB?:GB\$ABCD\$";
String delim = "\$";
String find = "?\$";
int count = StringUtils.countMatches(str,delim) - StringUtils.countMatches(str,find);
System.out.println("Output: + count";

Output: 2
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IT Business Systems Analyst / Software DeveloperCommented:
I'm not sure if I would say that adding a library dependency just for doing this is the "simplest" way of doing it.

The other alternative to the esoteric regex that I posted above, is a simple old, easy to understand loop...

``````        String input = "FTX+AAA+++201707141009UTC?:??\$QASCO UK LTS;?:V.D??\$ TOUZA?:GB?:GB\$";
int count = 0;
for (int i = 0; i < input.length(); i++) {
if (input.charAt(i) == '\$' && (i == 0 || input.charAt(i - 1) != '?'))
count++;
}
``````
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