# Finding a length in a list for a specific criterion

I have a list as following:

l = {{"A", "b", "c", "d"}, {"A", "g", "x"}, {"b", "q", "r",
"A"}, {"f", "t"}, {"A", "z"}}


I want to count the Length of those elements that they have "A". I have done as,

Map[Length, Table[Select[l[[i]], UpperCaseQ], {i, Length[l]}]]


this makes a table of those elements that have A and calculates the length, but what I am looking for is to have an outcome like: {4,3,4,2} namely there is A in element with Length 4, 3, 4 and 2. How shall I do this?

Length /@ Select[MemberQ["A"]] @ l


{4, 3, 4, 2}

To get lengths of sublists that contain an uppercase letter:

Length /@ Select[MemberQ[_?UpperCaseQ]] @ l


{4, 3, 4, 2}

• Thank you @kglr. Is it possible to make this general, the real list I have has some capital strings of different names think of it as "A", "B" and so on, so that's why I have used UpperCaseQ In other words, is there a way to do this without mentioning "A"? so it can scan all those entries that are capital? Nov 5, 2018 at 12:14
• @William, updated.
– kglr
Nov 5, 2018 at 12:18

I think that (as always) @kglr has answered the question well. However to fully generalize the answer it seems like regular expressions might be useful. I found this surprisingly difficult. I convert OPs lists into strings, and then using Cases and StringMatchQ with the RegularExpression function. Seems clunky but allows for any sort of regex.

StringLength @ Cases[s_String /; StringMatchQ[s,
RegularExpression["([a-z]*[A-Z]+[a-z]*)"]]][StringJoin[#] & /@ l]


If I were coding with the idea that someone else might someday look at it, I might skip the one-liner and do:

regS = "([a-z]*[A-Z]+[a-z]*)";
sL = StringJoin[#] & /@ l;
sL = Cases[s_String /; StringMatchQ[s, RegularExpression[regS]]][sL];
StringLength @ sL


{4, 3, 4, 2}