Thread: string functions

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    string functions(edited) need assitance

    #include <string.h>
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <ctype.h>
    #define MAX 100
    void getData (char **words, char** copyWords,int repeat[], int *num);
    void clean   (char word[]);
    void sortSelect(char** arr, int num);
    int main(void)
        char* words[MAX]; int repeat[MAX] = {0};  int num;
        char* copyWords[MAX]; int i;
        getData(words, copyWords, repeat, &num);
        return 0;
    void getData (char **words, char** copyWords,int repeat[], int *num)
        int i = 0; int j = 0; int count = 0;
        FILE* fpIn;
        char temp[25];
        int len; 
        if ((fpIn = fopen ("data.txt","r"))==NULL)
               printf ("ERROR OPENING FILE");
               exit (100);
               //prints error message if the file cannot be accessed
             len = strlen(temp) + 1;
             words[i] = (char*) calloc (len, sizeof (char));
             copyWords[i] = (char*) calloc (len, sizeof (char));
             strncpy(words[i], temp, len);    
             strncpy(copyWords[i],temp, len);
        *num = i;
    void clean   (char word[])
        int i; int j; int num;
        num = strlen(word);
            if (ispunct(word[i]) > 0)
                if (i == 0)
                        word[j] = word[j+1];
                  word[i] = '\0';
            word[i] = toupper(word[i]);
    void sortSelect(char** arr, int num)
        int current; int walker;
        int smallestIndex;
        char* temp;
        for (current = 0; current < num - 1; current++)
            smallestIndex = current;
            for (walker = current; walker < num; walker ++)
                    if (strcmp(arr[walker], arr[smallestIndex])<0)
                      smallestIndex = walker;
              }//for walker
            //Swap to position smallest at what is the current position
            temp = arr[current];
            arr[current] = arr[smallestIndex]; 
            arr[smallestIndex] = temp;  
        }//for current 
    I'm having trouble with the string functions.

    I'm suppose to store the input in the array of strings and then the clean function capitalizes all the letters and takes out any punctuation marks. After I have done that, I need to count how many times the words repeat. That's why I made two array of strings so that I could only store one of each words and count the times it has been repeated.

    int repeat[] was made in order for me to count the times the word has been repeated.

    The problem is I don't understand how to store in a different array of strings when a new word comes up. Also how do I count the times the word has been repeated?

    I know I'm suppose to allocate the memory each time a new word comes up(for the copyWord[]), but I just duplicated the original cleaned array of strings by accident. I tried using strncmp function to compare the two arrays, but I was unsuccessful.

    I hope that all made sense...
    Last edited by wonboy7248; 06-05-2012 at 09:33 PM.

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    Perhaps write a function like this

    void findWord(char** arr, int num, char *word);
    This searches the array you have for word.

    If it's found, then you increment the count, otherwise you
    - add the word (it's new)
    - set the count to 1
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