REQ: Small Perl to Python conversion needed

Koncept user at unknown.invalid
Fri Jun 3 02:18:03 CEST 2005

Howdie Python folks! I am very new to Python ( 3rd day now ) and it has
already earned its place as my fav. language to work in.  I hope to
continue, and I really would appreciate some good resources if anybody
would care to contribute.

My current head-scratcher concerns something I can do in Perl which I
would like to have duplicated for Python. I have noticed that it is not
possible to increment an unset value in Python, so I would like to know
how to duplicate the following bit of code using Python dictionaries.


# Parse comma delimited lines and create a final frequency hash
# Real example would read a file line by line
my %dict = {};
my @lines = ( "1,2,3,4,5", "2,3,4,5", "3,4,5", "4,5", "5" );
foreach(@lines) { map( $dict{ $_ }++, split( "," ) ); }
foreach( sort byKeys keys %dict ) {
  print "Key: $_\tFrequency: ", "*" x $dict{ $_ }, "\n"
    if $dict{ $_ } =~ /\d+/g;
sub byKeys { $dict{$b} <=> $dict{$a} }

Key: 5  Frequency: *****
Key: 4  Frequency: ****
Key: 3  Frequency: ***
Key: 2  Frequency: **
Key: 1  Frequency: *

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