FAQ: Learn Python - Practice Makes Perfect - censor

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def censor(text, word):
    words = text.split()
    result = ''
    stars = '*' * len(word)
    count = 0
    for i in words:
        if i == word:
            words[count] = stars
        count += 1

I just so confused with this part of codes

count = 0
    for i in words:
        if i == word:
            words[count] = stars
        count += 1
    result =' '.join(words)

can someone explains it to me?


have you checked out all the splitted topics like this one:

Can Someone Explain this Code?

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The bit of code I wrote passed the test but I don’t think it’s the correct way to do it given what I saw mentioned about the list not being updated if only a replacement is used.

Would someone be able to tell me if there’s anything inherently wrong with this:

def censor(text,word):
  if word in text:
    text = text.replace(word,"*"*len(word))
  return text


i don’t think .replace() gives the desired behavior:

censor("this hack is a wack hack", "is")

using replace you get:

th** hack ** a wack hack

i don’t think this should be partial censored.

But there are no test cases within the lesson covering this. So you could argue about this

I understand what you mean now, thanks for your quick response.

that you could argue about, i think the correct output should be:

this hack ** a wack hack


th** hack ** a wack hack

what your code gives.

but there are no clear specification in this regard. But if it was for censoring like on this forum, hello would be censored to ■■■■ o, not really nice.

Got it, thank a lot!