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In Python, it is common to want to count occurrences of an item in a list.

Suppose we have a list called `letters` that represents the letters in the word “Mississippi”:

``letters = ["m", "i", "s", "s", "i", "s", "s", "i", "p", "p", "i"]``

If we want to know how many times `i` appears in this word, we can use the list method called `.count()`:

``````num_i = letters.count("i")
print(num_i)``````

Would output:

``4``

Notice that since `.count()` returns a value, we must assign it to a variable to use it.

We can even use `.count()` to count element appearances in a two-dimensional list.

Let’s use the list `number_collection` as an example:

``number_collection = [[100, 200], [100, 200], [475, 29], [34, 34]]``

If we wanted to know how often the sublist `[100, 200]` appears:

``````num_pairs = number_collection.count([100, 200])
print(num_pairs)``````

Would output:

``2``

Let’s count some list items using the `.count()` method!

### Instructions

1.

Mrs. Wilson’s class is voting for class president. She has saved each student’s vote into the list `votes`.

Use `.count()` to determine how many students voted for `"Jake"` and save the value to a variable called `jake_votes`.

2.

Use `print()` to examine `jake_votes`.