I've been able to verify that the
findUniqueWords does result in a sorted
list. However, it does not return the list. Why?
def findUniqueWords(theList): newList =  words =  # Read a line at a time for item in theList: # Remove any punctuation from the line cleaned = cleanUp(item) # Split the line into separate words words = cleaned.split() # Evaluate each word for word in words: # Count each unique word if word not in newList: newList.append(word) answer = newList.sort() return answer
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~ Asked on 2011-09-04 17:58:28
list.sort sorts the list in place, i.e. it doesn't return a new list. Just write
newList.sort() return newList
~ Answered on 2011-09-04 18:00:31
The problem is here:
answer = newList.sort()
sort does not return the sorted list; rather, it sorts the list in place.
answer = sorted(newList)
~ Answered on 2011-09-04 18:00:51