# Python | Count String occurrences in mixed list

• Difficulty Level : Expert
• Last Updated : 29 Nov, 2019

Sometimes, while working with data, we can have a problem in which we need to check for the occurrences of a particular data type. In this, we can also have a problem in which we need to check for string occurrences. Let’s discuss certain ways in which this task can be performed.

Method #1 : Using `isinstance()` + list comprehension
The combination of above methods can be used to perform this task. In this, we check for each element of list for string instance and built list with only string and return it’s length.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of``# Check String occurrences in mixed list``# using isinstance() + list comprehension`` ` `# initialize list ``test_list ``=` `[``'gfg'``, ``1``, ``True``, ``'is'``, ``2``, ``'best'``]`` ` `# printing original list ``print``(``"The original list : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# Check String occurrences in mixed list``# using isinstance() + list comprehension``res ``=` `len``([val ``for` `val ``in` `test_list ``if` `isinstance``(val, ``str``)])`` ` `# printing result``print``(``"Number of strings in list : "` `+` `str``(res))`

Output :

```The original list : ['gfg', 1, True, 'is', 2, 'best']
Number of strings in list : 3
```

Method #2 : Using `sum() + isinstance()` + generator expression
The combination of above functionalities can be used to perform this task. In this, we compute the True instances of string check and return it’s sum counting string instances.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate working of``# Check String occurrences in mixed list``# using sum() + isinstance() + generator expression`` ` `# initialize list ``test_list ``=` `[``'gfg'``, ``1``, ``True``, ``'is'``, ``2``, ``'best'``]`` ` `# printing original list ``print``(``"The original list : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# Check String occurrences in mixed list``# using sum() + isinstance() + generator expression``res ``=` `sum``(``isinstance``(ele, ``str``) ``for` `ele ``in` `test_list)`` ` `# printing result``print``(``"Number of strings in list : "` `+` `str``(res))`

Output :

```The original list : ['gfg', 1, True, 'is', 2, 'best']
Number of strings in list : 3
```

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