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#For those just starting out, one suggested way to work on your code is to have a command window open and a text editor with this
#file loaded. Make changes to this file and then run 'ruby part1.rb' at the command line, this will run your program. Once you're
#satisfied with your work, save your file and upload it to the checker.
def palindrome?(str)
phrase = str.scan(/\w+/).join.downcase
phrase == phrase.reverse
def count_words(str)
h =
words = str.downcase.scan(/\w+/)
words.each do |word|
h[word] = h.has_key?(word) ? h[word]+1 : 1