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PhpDig is a PHP MySQL based
Web Spider & Search Engine.



substr_count — Counts the occurrences of a string within another string.


int substr_count(string, substring);
string string: String to operate on
string substring: String to count




substr_count() counts the number of times that substring occurs within string . If substring doesn't occur within string , the function returns0.


PHP 4+ since 4.0RC2

See also

To get detailed statistics on the characters used in a string:



Example 1239. Simple script to test for "Canadian-ness" in a string

// Don't get yer long-undies in a knot - the author is a Canuck! :)

// Set a default value for message
$message = '';

// If a message was posted, clean it up
if (isset($HTTP_POST_VARS['message']))
   $message = striptags(stripslashes(trim($HTTP_POST_VARS['message'])));
<form method="POST">
Please enter a city name and press return:
<input type="text" name="name" value="<?php echo htmlentities($message); ?>" />
if (! empty($message)) {
    $gwn_filter = array('hoser','back bacon','take off','toque',' eh','beer','moose','hockey');
    $message = strtolower($message);

   $Canadianness = 0;

    foreach($gwn_filter as $term) {
       $count = substr_count($message, $term);
       $Canadianness += $count * strlen($term);

    $percent = round($Canadianness / strlen($message) * 100);
    echo "Your message was $percent% Canadian.";

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