[Solved]Re: Help with TypeError: Can't convert 'list' object to str implicitly

dave em daveandem2000 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 6 03:49:19 CET 2014


On Wednesday, February 5, 2014 7:21:29 PM UTC-7, dave em wrote:
> Hello,
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> Background.  My 11 y/o son and I have taken on the task to learn python and work our way through the http://inventwithpython.com/chapters/ book.
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> -  We are currently on Chapter 9 and trying to modify the hangman program.
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> - the first challenge was to modify the word list into a dictionary.  So we changed our words variable into a dictionary
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> --  I believe we did this correctly.
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> -  But we somehow broke the game.  All of the words are only two letters and the program crashes on exit with the following error.
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>  Traceback (most recent call last):
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>   File "/media/.../Python/hangman.py", line 155, in <module>
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>     print('You have run out of guesses! \n After ' + str(len(missedLetters)) + ' missed guesses and ' + str(len(correctLetters)) + ' correct guesses, the word was "' + secretWord + '"')
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> TypeError: Can't convert 'list' object to str implicitly
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> 
> 
> -I can't see why this wouldn't work.  By definition isn't this the cast:
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> 1)  len(correctLetters) //returns the lengths of the variable as an int
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> 2)  str(len(correctLetters)) // converts the integer into a string.
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> Applicable code is here:
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>  # Check if player has guessed too many times and lost
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>         if len(missedLetters) == len(HANGMANPICS) - 1:
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>             displayBoard(HANGMANPICS, missedLetters, correctLetters, secretWord)
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>             print('You have run out of guesses! \n After ' + str(len(missedLetters)) + ' missed guesses and ' + str(len(correctLetters)) + ' correct guesses, the word was "' + secretWord + '"')
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>             gameIsDone = True
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> Any help to get us past this error message is most appreciated.
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> Thanks in advance,
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> Dave

Fixed the error and am now onto the next issue.

Solution was to return a list (I think) and then break out the components of the list and put in the variable.  Here is how we did it:

secretWord = getRandomWord(words)
print('The secretWord is ' + str(secretWord[0]))
print('The secretKey is ' + str(secretWord[1]))
#Change secretWord from a list to a str
secretWord = secretWord[1] 


def getRandomWord(wordDict):
    # This function returns a random string from the passed dictionary of lists of strings, and the key also.
    # First, randomly select a key from the dictionary:
    wordKey = random.choice(list(wordDict.keys()))
    print('The wordKey is ' + wordKey)
    # Second, randomly select a word from the key's list in the dictionary:
    wordIndex = random.randint(0, len(wordDict[wordKey]) - 1)
    print('The wordIndex is ' + str(wordIndex))
    print('The word is ' + wordDict[wordKey][wordIndex])
    return [wordDict[wordKey][wordIndex], wordKey]

Cheers,
Dave



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