Thread: In over my head with character frequency code

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    In over my head with character frequency code

    Hi everyone,

    I have decided to take a intermediate level C programming course with absolutely no programming experience. Most of the HW involved manipulating integers but the last question involves strings and I don't know how to manipulate them and I am running out of time.

    I have to create a program that features a loop that prompts the user to enter a string of lower case letters and tallies the frequency of each character. The code I have does that, but I can't figure out how to phrase the loop condition to that will prompt the user again for a string and then add those character tallies to the total. The program is supposed to keep prompting and adding until an EOF character (CTRL+Z or ^Z) is entered.

    All my attempts either go into an infinite loop without printing or overwrites previous counts a new tally for every subsequent string.


       char string[100], ch;
       int c = 0, count[26] = {0};
       printf("Enter a string");
       scanf("%c", &string);
       while ( string[c] != ''\0' )
          if ( string[c] >= 'a' && string[c] <= 'z' ) 
       for ( c = 0 ; c < 26 ; c++ )
          if( count[c] != 0 )
             printf("%c occurs %d times in the entered string.", c+'a', count[c]);
       return 0;

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    First in your scanf() %c is used to retrieve a single character not a "string", you may want to read the documentation for scanf() and use the proper specifier for a string.


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    Line 12 can't​ be right...

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