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Old 10-01-2012
How to count occurrences in a specific column


I need help to count the number of occurrences in $3 of file1.txt. I only know how to count by checking one by one and the code is like this:
awk '$3 ~ /aku hanya poyo/ {++c} END {print c}' FS="\t" file1.txt

But this is not wise to do as i have hundreds of different occurrences in that column that i need to count. my sample input file as follow:

123   ghtd   tidak mahu   
645   pled   aku hanya poyo
944   pom    ngeh3
3351  bhg    tidak mahu
5545  polo   ngeh3
4474  klsa   tidak mahu

tidak mahu       3
aku hanya poyo   1
ngeh3            2

Thanks in advance.
# 2  
Old 10-01-2012
Is TAB the delimiter in your file?
# 3  
Old 10-01-2012
 awk '{sub(" *$","");s=substr($0, index($0,$3));o[s]++;}END { for (i in o) printf("%-20s %d\n", i, o[i]);}' file1.txt

# 4  
Old 10-01-2012
Hi bartus11,

yes, it is tab delimited. but for each column, i have data in strings.

hi rdrtx1,
i tried your code but it didnt work Smilie

# 5  
Old 10-01-2012
awk -F"\t" '{a[$3]++}END{for (i in a) print i"\t"a[i]}' file

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Old 10-01-2012
Hi bartus11,

It works great. Thanks..But i have another issue, after i run your code, i just realized that in $3, there could be more than 1 value that are separated by comma and it is not being counted. The sample is like this:-

123   ghtd   tidak mahu    
645   pled   aku hanya poyo 
944   pom    ngeh3
3351  bhg    tidak mahu 
545   polo   ngeh3 
4474  klsa   tidak mahu
1141  meh    tidak mahu, ngeh3, dtg sini
457   nah    aku hanya poyo, tidak mahu

where the output should be
tidak mahu       5 
aku hanya poyo   2 
ngeh3            3
dtg sini        1

appreciate your kind help again. Thanks
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Old 10-01-2012
awk '{sub("[\t ]*$","");gsub(" *, *",",");s=substr($0,index($0,$3));c=split(s,sa,",");for (i in sa)o[sa[i]]++;}END{for(i in o)printf("%-20s %d\n",i,o[i]);}' file1.txt

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