Python – Expand Character Frequency String

Given a string, which character followed by its frequency, create the appropriate string.

Examples:

Input : test_str = ‘g7f2g3i2s2b3e4’ 
Output : gggggggffgggiissbbbeeee 
Explanation : g is succeeded by 7 and repeated 7 times.

Input : test_str = ‘g1f1g1’ 
Output : gfg 
Explanation : f is succeeded by 1 and repeated 1 time. 

Method #1: Using zip() + join()



This is one of the ways in which this task can be performed. In this, the task of joining appropriate characters is done using join() and zip() is used to convert different frequency and character strings. The drawback is that frequency of character is restricted to a 1-digit number in this.

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# Python3 code to demonstrate working of 
# Expand Character Frequency String 
# Using join() + zip()
import re
  
# initializing string
test_str = 'g7f2g3i2s2b3e4s5t6'
  
# printing original string
print("The original string is : " + str(test_str))
  
# using zip() to pair up numbers and characters 
# seperately
res = "".join(a *int(b) for a, b in zip(test_str[0::2], test_str[1::2]))
  
# printing result 
print("The expanded string : " + str(res)) 

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Output

The original string is : g7f2g3i2s2b3e4s5t6
The expanded string : gggggggffgggiissbbbeeeessssstttttt

Method #2: Using regex() + join()

This is yet another way in which this task can be performed. In this task of pairing numbers and characters to different strings is performed using regex() and the advantage is that it can take numbers with digits more than 2.

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# Python3 code to demonstrate working of 
# Expand Character Frequency String 
# Using regex() + join()
import re
  
# initializing string
test_str = 'g7f2g3i2s2b3e4s5t10'
  
# printing original string
print("The original string is : " + str(test_str))
  
# using findall to pair up numbers and characters 
# seperately, can include longer digit strings
res = ''.join(chr * int(num or 1
              for chr, num in re.findall(r'(\w)(\d+)?', test_str))
  
# printing result 
print("The expanded string : " + str(res)) 

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Output

The original string is : g7f2g3i2s2b3e4s5t10
The expanded string : gggggggffgggiissbbbeeeessssstttttttttt



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