A simple program that will count the words and sentences in a text file. Sightly modified version of the code I found on daniweb.com.
# count lines, sentences, and words of a text file # set all the counters to zero lines, blanklines, sentences, words = 0, 0, 0, 0 # write the trs file fname = "/path/filename.txt" # read the file back in textf = open(fname, "r") # reads one line at a time for line in textf: #print line, # test lines += 1 if line.startswith('\n'): blanklines += 1 else: # assume that each sentence ends with . or ! or ? # so simply count these characters sentences += line.count('.') + line.count('!') + line.count('?') # create a list of words # use None to split at any whitespace regardless of length # so for instance double space counts as one space tempwords = line.split(None) #print tempwords # test # word total count words += len(tempwords) textf.close() print '-' * 50 print "Lines : ", lines print "Blank lines: ", blanklines print "Sentences : ", sentences print "Words : ", words