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    Default Help Please - Rewriting text

    Hi everyone,
    I hope someone can help, I need to read a text file that the user inputs, the program then has to find words that appear more than 3 or 4 times and replace them with a shorthand version.
    so the following text:

    "hello, some times some people say hello and some times they don't, times sure are changing, say hello to the future"

    would be condensed and written to a new file as:

    "hello(h*), some(*s) times(t*) s* people say h* and s* t* they don't, t* sure are changing, say h* to the future"

    My idea was to take the input file, and add each string to an array. Then re-read the file, and check each word to see if it appears more than twice in the array. If it does then output is substring of the array concatenated with an asterix, otherwise just output the string as it appears. . . problem is I can't seem to implement my plan very effectively at all

    Any ideas?


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    Default Re: Help Please - Rewriting text

    Quote Originally Posted by dechno View Post
    problem is I can't seem to implement my plan very effectively at all
    Why not? What have you tried? What happened? What didn't work? Be specific, and feel free to post an SSCCE that demonstrates where you got stuck.
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    Default Re: Help Please - Rewriting text

    Hi Kevin,
    First of all, I thought maybe I was over complicating the problem by using the method I mentioned above.
    The problem I seem to be having is the second loop is used to check each word and it's corresponding number of appearances before starting to write to the file
    Last edited by dechno; January 21st, 2011 at 06:15 PM. Reason: silly code

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    Default Re: Help Please - Rewriting text

    Well once you exit the first loop, you've gone through the whole file already, so in.hasNext() will return false.

    I would think that you should break this up into a couple different steps- the first step is to put all of the words into some kind of data structure (an array or a List, whatever). The second step is taking a List of words and converting the duplicates to the translated code words.
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    Default Re: Help Please - Rewriting text

    Quote Originally Posted by dechno View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I hope someone can help, I need to read a text file that the user inputs, the program then has to find words that appear more than 3 or 4 times and replace them with a shorthand version.
    so the following text:

    "hello, some times some people say hello and some times they don't, times sure are changing, say hello to the future"

    would be condensed and written to a new file as:

    "hello(h*), some(*s) times(t*) s* people say h* and s* t* they don't, t* sure are changing, say h* to the future"

    My idea was to take the input file, and add each string to an array. Then re-read the file, and check each word to see if it appears more than twice in the array. If it does then output is substring of the array concatenated with an asterix, otherwise just output the string as it appears. . . problem is I can't seem to implement my plan very effectively at all

    Any ideas?
    The way you have it appear, it looks like the first occurrence, it's the whole word, but if again, then it's just the first character. If you can figure out how to figure which ones are more than twice, just change the 2nd and so on to that word . charAt(0) + "*".

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    Quote Originally Posted by javapenguin View Post
    The way you have it appear, it looks like the first occurrence, it's the whole word, but if again, then it's just the first character. If you can figure out how to figure which ones are more than twice, just change the 2nd and so on to that word . charAt(0) + "*".
    Once again, most of this information is useless. You basically repeated the OP's goals and then threw out the most trivial piece of the algorithm. Why do you keep doing stuff like this?
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