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Thread: counting number of paragraphs in a text

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    Default counting number of paragraphs in a text

    How do I count the number of paragraphs using a separate method?
    Thank you!

    import java.util.*;
    import java.io.*;

    public class WordStats1 {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
    try {

    Scanner input = new Scanner(new FileReader("data.txt"));

    PrintWriter output = new PrintWriter(new FileOutputStream(

    int lineNum = 0;
    int wordCount = 1;
    int charCount = 0;

    while (input.hasNextLine()) {

    String line;
    line = input.nextLine();
    wordCount += getWords(line);
    charCount += (line.length());


    System.out.println(lineNum + " line(s)");
    System.out.println(wordCount + " word(s)");
    System.out.println(charCount + " character(s)");

    System.out.print("File written.");


    catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
    System.out.println("There was an error opening one of the files.");

    public static int getWords(String line) {
    String str[] = line.split((" "));
    int count = 0;
    for (int i = 0; i < str.length; i++) {
    if (str[i].length() > 0) {


    return count;


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    Default Re: counting number of paragraphs in a text

    Cross posted here.

    Welcome to the forum! Please read this topic to learn how to post code in code or highlight tags and other useful info for new members.

    Please post your code correctly. Once you see how at the link I've provided, you can edit your post with the tags of your choice.

    Also, add details about your question. What's wrong with the method you've written? If you're getting errors, post those. If you're getting incorrect results, show a sample run and describe what's wrong with it and ask how to improve it.

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