Thread shed challenge - STUCK ON step 19: def color_count

link to the exercise: https://www.codecademy.com/courses/learn-python-3/projects/ thread-shed

Once I got the 19th step (Define a function called **color_count**) my code returned "0 in the console while it was supposed to return 28.

I looked at the video “get stuck” but I can’t really find any difference between my code and the script of the instructor. I will link my code below cause probably I just can’t see the error right now…

Thank you in advance for your help!!

daily_sales = \ """Edith Mcbride ;,;$1.21 ;,; white ;,; 09/15/17 ,Herbert Tran ;,; $7.29;,; white&blue;,; 09/15/17 ,Paul Clarke ;,;$12.52 ;,; white&blue ;,; 09/15/17 ,Lucille Caldwell ;,; $5.13 ;,; white ;,; 09/15/17, Eduardo George ;,;$20.39;,; white&yellow ;,;09/15/17 , Danny Mclaughlin;,;$30.82;,; purple ;,;09/15/17 ,Stacy Vargas;,; $1.85 ;,; purple&yellow ;,;09/15/17, Shaun Brock;,; $17.98;,;purple&yellow ;,; 09/15/17 , Erick Harper ;,;$17.41;,; blue ;,; 09/15/17, Michelle Howell ;,;$28.59;,; blue;,; 09/15/17 , Carroll Boyd;,; $14.51;,; purple&blue ;,; 09/15/17 , Teresa Carter ;,; $19.64 ;,; white;,;09/15/17 , Jacob Kennedy ;,; $11.40 ;,; white&red ;,; 09/15/17, Craig Chambers;,; $8.79 ;,; white&blue&red ;,;09/15/17 , Peggy Bell;,; $8.65 ;,;blue ;,; 09/15/17, Kenneth Cunningham ;,; $10.53;,; green&blue ;,; 09/15/17 , Marvin Morgan;,; $16.49;,; green&blue&red ;,; 09/15/17 ,Marjorie Russell ;,; $6.55 ;,; green&blue&red;,; 09/15/17 , Israel Cummings;,; $11.86 ;,;black;,; 09/15/17, June Doyle ;,; $22.29 ;,; black&yellow ;,;09/15/17 , Jaime Buchanan ;,; $8.35;,; white&black&yellow ;,; 09/15/17, Rhonda Farmer;,;$2.91 ;,; white&black&yellow ;,;09/15/17, Darren Mckenzie ;,;$22.94;,;green ;,;09/15/17,Rufus Malone;,;$4.70 ;,; green&yellow ;,; 09/15/17 ,Hubert Miles;,; $3.59 ;,;green&yellow&blue;,; 09/15/17 , Joseph Bridges ;,;$5.66 ;,; green&yellow&purple&blue ;,; 09/15/17 , Sergio Murphy ;,;$17.51 ;,; black ;,; 09/15/17 , Audrey Ferguson ;,; $5.54;,;black&blue ;,;09/15/17 ,Edna Williams ;,; $17.13;,; black&blue;,; 09/15/17, Randy Fleming;,; $21.13 ;,;black ;,;09/15/17 ,Elisa Hart;,; $0.35 ;,; black&purple;,; 09/15/17 , Ernesto Hunt ;,; $13.91 ;,; black&purple ;,; 09/15/17, Shannon Chavez ;,;$19.26 ;,; yellow;,; 09/15/17 , Sammy Cain;,; $5.45;,; yellow&red ;,;09/15/17 , Steven Reeves ;,;$5.50 ;,; yellow;,; 09/15/17, Ruben Jones ;,; $14.56 ;,; yellow&blue;,;09/15/17 , Essie Hansen;,; $7.33 ;,; yellow&blue&red ;,; 09/15/17 , Rene Hardy ;,; $20.22 ;,; black ;,; 09/15/17 , Lucy Snyder ;,; $8.67 ;,;black&red ;,; 09/15/17 ,Dallas Obrien ;,; $8.31;,; black&red ;,; 09/15/17, Stacey Payne ;,; $15.70 ;,; white&black&red ;,;09/15/17 , Tanya Cox ;,; $6.74 ;,;yellow ;,; 09/15/17 , Melody Moran ;,; $30.84 ;,;yellow&black;,; 09/15/17 , Louise Becker ;,; $12.31 ;,; green&yellow&black;,; 09/15/17 , Ryan Webster;,;$2.94 ;,; yellow ;,; 09/15/17 ,Justin Blake ;,; $22.46 ;,;white&yellow ;,; 09/15/17, Beverly Baldwin ;,; $6.60;,; white&yellow&black ;,;09/15/17 , Dale Brady ;,; $6.27 ;,; yellow ;,;09/15/17 ,Guadalupe Potter ;,;$21.12 ;,; yellow;,; 09/15/17 , Desiree Butler ;,;$2.10 ;,;white;,; 09/15/17 ,Sonja Barnett ;,; $14.22 ;,;white&black;,; 09/15/17, Angelica Garza;,;$11.60;,;white&black ;,; 09/15/17 , Jamie Welch ;,; $25.27 ;,; white&black&red ;,;09/15/17 , Rex Hudson ;,;$8.26;,; purple;,; 09/15/17 , Nadine Gibbs ;,; $30.80 ;,; purple&yellow ;,; 09/15/17 , Hannah Pratt;,; $22.61 ;,; purple&yellow ;,;09/15/17,Gayle Richards;,;$22.19 ;,; green&purple&yellow ;,;09/15/17 ,Stanley Holland ;,; $7.47 ;,; red ;,; 09/15/17 , Anna Dean;,;$5.49 ;,; yellow&red ;,; 09/15/17 , Terrance Saunders ;,; $23.70 ;,;green&yellow&red ;,; 09/15/17 , Brandi Zimmerman ;,; $26.66 ;,; red ;,;09/15/17 ,Guadalupe Freeman ;,; $25.95;,; green&red ;,; 09/15/17 ,Irving Patterson ;,;$19.55 ;,; green&white&red ;,; 09/15/17 ,Karl Ross;,; $15.68;,; white ;,; 09/15/17 , Brandy Cortez ;,;$23.57;,; white&red ;,;09/15/17, Mamie Riley ;,;$29.32;,; purple;,;09/15/17 ,Mike Thornton ;,; $26.44 ;,; purple ;,; 09/15/17, Jamie Vaughn ;,; $17.24;,;green ;,; 09/15/17 , Noah Day ;,; $8.49 ;,;green ;,;09/15/17 ,Josephine Keller ;,;$13.10 ;,;green;,; 09/15/17 , Tracey Wolfe;,;$20.39 ;,; red ;,; 09/15/17 , Ignacio Parks;,;$14.70 ;,; white&red ;,;09/15/17 , Beatrice Newman ;,;$22.45 ;,;white&purple&red ;,; 09/15/17, Andre Norris ;,; $28.46 ;,; red;,; 09/15/17 , Albert Lewis ;,; $23.89;,; black&red;,; 09/15/17, Javier Bailey ;,; $24.49 ;,; black&red ;,; 09/15/17 , Everett Lyons ;,;$1.81;,; black&red ;,; 09/15/17 , Abraham Maxwell;,; $6.81 ;,;green;,; 09/15/17 , Traci Craig ;,;$0.65;,; green&yellow;,; 09/15/17 , Jeffrey Jenkins ;,;$26.45;,; green&yellow&blue ;,; 09/15/17, Merle Wilson ;,; $7.69 ;,; purple;,; 09/15/17,Janis Franklin ;,;$8.74 ;,; purple&black ;,;09/15/17 , Leonard Guerrero ;,; $1.86 ;,;yellow ;,;09/15/17,Lana Sanchez;,;$14.75 ;,; yellow;,; 09/15/17 ,Donna Ball ;,; $28.10 ;,; yellow&blue;,; 09/15/17 , Terrell Barber ;,; $9.91 ;,; green ;,;09/15/17 ,Jody Flores;,; $16.34 ;,; green ;,; 09/15/17, Daryl Herrera ;,;$27.57;,; white;,; 09/15/17 , Miguel Mcguire;,;$5.25;,; white&blue ;,; 09/15/17 , Rogelio Gonzalez;,; $9.51;,; white&black&blue ;,; 09/15/17 , Lora Hammond ;,;$20.56 ;,; green;,; 09/15/17,Owen Ward;,; $21.64 ;,; green&yellow;,;09/15/17,Malcolm Morales ;,; $24.99 ;,; green&yellow&black;,; 09/15/17 , Eric Mcdaniel ;,;$29.70;,; green ;,; 09/15/17 ,Madeline Estrada;,; $15.52;,;green;,; 09/15/17 , Leticia Manning;,;$15.70 ;,; green&purple;,; 09/15/17 , Mario Wallace ;,; $12.36 ;,;green ;,; 09/15/17,Lewis Glover;,; $13.66 ;,; green&white;,;09/15/17, Gail Phelps ;,;$30.52 ;,; green&white&blue ;,; 09/15/17 , Myrtle Morris ;,; $22.66 ;,; green&white&blue;,;09/15/17""" #------------------------------------------------ # Start coding below! daily_sales_replaced = daily_sales.replace(";,;", "-") daily_transactions = daily_sales_replaced.split(",") # print(daily_transactions) daily_transactions_split = [] for i in daily_transactions: daily_transactions_split.append(i.split("-")) # print(daily_transactions_split) transactions_clean = [] for i2 in daily_transactions_split: for i3 in i2: transactions_clean.append(i3.strip()) # print(transactions_clean) customers = [] sales = [] thread_sold = [] for names in range(0, len(transactions_clean), 4): customers.append(transactions_clean[names]) for sale in range(1, len(transactions_clean), 4): sales.append(transactions_clean[sale]) for thread in range(2, len(transactions_clean), 4): thread_sold.append(transactions_clean[thread]) # print(customers) # print(sales) # print(thread_sold) total_sales = 0 sales_stripped = [] for money in sales: sales_stripped.append(money.strip("$")) for num in sales_stripped: total_sales += float(num) # print(total_sales) # print(thread_sold) thread_sold_split = [] for colour in thread_sold: thread_sold_split.append(colour.split("&")) #print(thread_sold_split) def color_count(color): color_total = 0 for thread_color in thread_sold_split: if color == thread_color: color_total += 1 return color_total print(color_count("white"))
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Uncomment #print(thread_sold_split) to see how the data is structured.

You will see that it is a list of lists i.e. having a structure of [['white'], ['white', 'blue'] ... ]

In the color_count function, you are looping through thread_sold_split and comparing a string to a list. That of course will not be equal, and so the color_total stays 0.
You want to nest another loop to iterate over the colors:

for thread_color_list in thread_sold_split:
    for thread_color in thread_color_list:

or you could pick more suitable loop variable names.

thanks for the solution bro.