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Re: Count and List Items in a List

by japhy (Canon)
on Nov 01, 2005 at 15:01 UTC ( #504599=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Count and List Items in a List

When you think "unique" and "frequency", think of a hash. Its keys are always unique, and you can use its values as a place to store the number of times each key shows up:
for my $word (@list) { $frequency{$word}++; }
Now the %frequency hash holds each word (but only once!) and $frequency{$some_word} is the number of times $some_word appeared in @list.

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