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# Python – Prefix frequency in string List

• Last Updated : 12 Mar, 2020

Sometimes, while working with Python lists, we can have a problem in which we need to get the count of strings that start with particular substring. This can have an application in web development and general programming. Lets discuss certain ways in which this task can be performed.

Method #1 : Using loop + `startswith()`
The combination of above functions can be used to perform this task. In this, we run a loop for each string in list and employ startswith() to get the strings that start with particular prefix.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate ``# Prefix frequency in List``# using loop + startswith()`` ` `# Initializing list``test_list ``=` `[``'gfgisbest'``, ``'geeks'``, ``'gfgfreak'``, ``'gfgCS'``, ``'Gcourses'``]`` ` `# printing original list``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# Initializing substring``test_sub ``=` `'gfg'`` ` `# Prefix frequency in List``# using loop + startswith()``res ``=` `0``for` `ele ``in` `test_list:``    ``if` `ele.startswith(test_sub):``        ``res ``=` `res ``+` `1``             ` `# printing result ``print` `(``"Strings count with matching frequency : "` `+` `str``(res))`
Output :

The original list is : [‘gfgisbest’, ‘geeks’, ‘gfgfreak’, ‘gfgCS’, ‘Gcourses’]
Strings count with matching frequency : 3

Method #2 : Using `sum() + startswith()`
The combination of above functions can be used to perform this task. In this, we perform the task of counting using sum() and startswith(), is used to perform task of checking of prefix.

 `# Python3 code to demonstrate ``# Prefix frequency in List``# using sum() + startswith()`` ` `# Initializing list``test_list ``=` `[``'gfgisbest'``, ``'geeks'``, ``'gfgfreak'``, ``'gfgCS'``, ``'Gcourses'``]`` ` `# printing original list``print``(``"The original list is : "` `+` `str``(test_list))`` ` `# Initializing substring``test_sub ``=` `'gfg'`` ` `# Prefix frequency in List``# using sum() + startswith()``res ``=` `sum``(sub.startswith(test_sub) ``for` `sub ``in` `test_list)``             ` `# printing result ``print` `(``"Strings count with matching frequency : "` `+` `str``(res))`
Output :

The original list is : [‘gfgisbest’, ‘geeks’, ‘gfgfreak’, ‘gfgCS’, ‘Gcourses’]
Strings count with matching frequency : 3

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