Alan Alan - 2 months ago 14
Java Question

How to use keySet() to retrieve a set of keys within a HashMap, loop over it and find its count for each key?

I am nearing the end of my assignment and one of the last thing that I have been instructed t do is to:

  • Use keySet() to retrieve the set of keys (the String part of the mapping). Loop over this set and print out the word and its count.

I have used the keySet() method to print out the number of keys within my HashMap, but what I have not done yet is find the length for each word within the HashMap and then print out the number of characters within each word. I am currently unsure as to how I should do this. I'm assuming I would use some time of for loop to iterate through the keySet() which I have already done and then use something like a .length() method to find out the length of each word and then print it out somehow?

Here is my relevant code so far:

Main class

package QuestionEditor;
import java.util.Set;
public class Main{
public static void main (String[] args) {
WordGroup secondWordGroup = new WordGroup ("When-you-play-play-hard-when-you-work-dont-play-at-all");

Set<String> set = secondWordGroup.getWordCountsMap().keySet();

System.out.println("set : " + set + "\n");

for(String key : set)

WodGroup class

package QuestionEditor;
import java.util.HashMap;

public class WordGroup {

String word;

// Creates constructor which stores a string value in variable "word" and converts this into lower case using
// the lower case method.
public WordGroup(String aString) {

this.word = aString.toLowerCase();

public String[] getWordArray() {

String[] wordArray = word.split("-");
return wordArray;

public HashMap<String, Integer> getWordCountsMap() {

HashMap<String, Integer> myHashMap = new HashMap<String, Integer>();

for (String word : this.getWordArray()) {
if (myHashMap.keySet().contains(word)) {
myHashMap.put(word, myHashMap.get(word) + 1);
} else {
myHashMap.put(word, 1);


return myHashMap;

Any help on how to do this would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

So when my code compiles, I am getting the output:

Key: play has 3 counter
Key: all has 1 counter
Key: at has 1 counter
Key: work has 1 counter
Key: hard has 1 counter
Key: when has 2 counter
Key: you has 2 counter
Key: dont has 1 counter

But what I actually want it to do is to print out the amount of characters within each word. So for example, play would count 4 times, all would count 3 times, at would count 2 times etc. Any ideas on how to implement this?


You can use stream API from Java 8 to create a Map<String,Integer>

Map<String, Integer> stringIntegerMap =,
    (hashMap, s) -> hashMap.put(s, s.length()), HashMap::putAll);

stringIntegerMap.forEach((key,value) ->System.out.println(key + " : "+value));

The second parameter to collect function is an accumulator. You are accumulating a hasmap of your string from keyset and it's length