Counting Chars By ASCII Part 2

Todd Geist tg.lists at
Wed Mar 1 10:20:19 EST 2006

Hello Again,

After trying several of the excellent suggestions from all you  
revolutionaries, I realized I hadn't quite explained myself... go  
figure.  So here is another attempt to explain what I am after.

I am actually after "low" ASCII and "High" ASCII characters that my  
have snuck into a text file. So I need to look at every character,  
but I don't need to count every character.  I just want the ones that  
have ASCII values below 32 and above 255 and that are not in a small  
set of allowed control characters.

Based on the suggestions I got on the other thread, I came up with  
the following that produces the results I am after.  SPEED is  
critical here, since the files I am scanning maybe many mbs. I am  
wondering if any of you can improve on the design.  I  feel the need,  
the need for SPEED.  :>)

put field 1 into tString
put "10 11 12 29" into charsToIgnore

     REPEAT for each char tChar in tString
         put charToNum(tChar) into tASCII
         IF (tASCII < 31 OR tASCII > 255) THEN
             IF tASCII is not among the words of charsToIgnore THEN
                 add 1 to tCounts[tASCII]
             END IF
         END IF
     put the keys of tCounts into tChars
     sort lines of tChars numeric

     REPEAT for each line thisLine in tChars
         put thisLine & TAB & tCounts[thisLine] & Return after newList

put newList into field "Chars"

Thanks in Advance



Todd Geist
g e i s t   i n t e r a c t i v e

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