# [LeetCode]#2315. Count Asterisks

**Environment: Python 3.8**

**Key technique: split**

You are given a string `s`

, where every **two** consecutive vertical bars `'|'`

are grouped into a **pair**. In other words, the 1st and 2nd `'|'`

make a pair, the 3rd and 4th `'|'`

make a pair, and so forth.

Return *the number of *`'*'`

* in *`s`

*, **excluding** the *`'*'`

* between each pair of *`'|'`

.

**Note** that each `'|'`

will belong to **exactly** one pair.

**Example 1:**

`Input: s = "l|*e*et|c**o|*de|"`

Output: 2

Explanation: The considered characters are underlined: "l|*e*et|c**o|*de|".

The characters between the first and second '|' are excluded from the answer.

Also, the characters between the third and fourth '|' are excluded from the answer.

There are 2 asterisks considered. Therefore, we return 2.

**Analysis:**

- split ‘|’ from input.
- s= [‘l’, ‘*e*et’, ‘c**o’, ‘*de’, ‘’]
- check 0, 2, 4, 6….string and count ‘*’ number.

**Solution:**

`class Solution:`

def countAsterisks(self, s: str) -> int:

words = s.split('|')

ans = 0

for i in range(0, len(words), 2):

for j in words[i]:

if j == '*':

ans += 1

return ans

**Submissions:**

Reference:

https://leetcode.com/problems/count-asterisks/discuss/2545886/Python-Solution