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Python Python Collections (2016, retired 2019) Dictionaries Word Count

Is this a bug? It seems to run in IDLE

Is there a bug here? Works fine in IDLE. Tried refreshing the page several times to no avail.

# E.g. word_count("I do not like it Sam I Am") gets back a dictionary like:
# {'i': 2, 'do': 1, 'it': 1, 'sam': 1, 'like': 1, 'not': 1, 'am': 1}
# Lowercase the string to make it easier.

def word_count(string):
    string_dict = {}
    string_list = string.lower().split(" ")
    for i in string_list:
        if i not in string_dict:
            string_dict.update({i: 1})
            string_dict[i] += 1
    return string_dict

1 Answer

Jennifer Nordell
Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Teacher

Hi there! It is not a bug. And yes, your code would pass given that test input. The problem here lies in a slight misinterpretation of the instructions combined with your test data. The challenge asks you to split on all whitespace, but currently, you are only splitting on spaces. This ignores things like tab and newline characters.

This splits on spaces:

.split(" ")

This splits on all whitespace:


Hope this helps! :sparkles:

i thought that might have been something of the case, thanks for that distinction!