I'm trying to do problem #22 in python and my answer is off. I've gone through the list and tried certain names and they've been calculated correctly (I think).
Can anyone help??
Using names.txt (right click and 'Save Link/Target As...'), a 46K text
file containing over five-thousand first names, begin by sorting it
into alphabetical order. Then working out the alphabetical value for
each name, multiply this value by its alphabetical position in the
list to obtain a name score.
For example, when the list is sorted into alphabetical order, COLIN,
which is worth 3 + 15 + 12 + 9 + 14 = 53, is the 938th name in the
list. So, COLIN would obtain a score of 938 × 53 = 49714.
total = 0
for letter in word:
total += ord(letter) - ord('A') + 1
def namescore(name, count):
name_sum = letter_sum(name)
return count * name_sum
names = 
f = open('p022_names.txt', 'r')
string = f.read()
total = 0
names = sorted(string.replace('"', '').split(','))
for i in range(len(names)):
total += namescore(names[i], i)
Your indexing is off by one.
'COLIN' is at index
0 based indexing but the assignment uses
1 based indexing. You could fix the issue by changing your code a bit:
total += namescore(names[i], i + 1)