Dictionary only matching last word in list


I’m trying to write a simple dictionary program that checks whether a word entered by the user is present. I’ve created a GUI button that does the checking and outputs the result.

The program was working fine (matching ALL the words entered that were in the dictionary/text file) and then suddenly couldn’t match any of the words apart from the last one in the list.

I can’t for the life of me see what the problem is as all my debugging confirms that the words are being parsed from the dictionary.txt file into the dictionary correctly.

I’m using wordArray = MytextAsset.text.Split(' '); // Have also tried (" "[0]) to separate the words in the text file and myDictionary = wordArray.ToDictionary(s => s, s => true); to convert the array into a Dictionary.
The text file looks like this;


So here, only ‘three’ can me matched/found from the dictionary and ‘one’ and ‘two’ can’t be.

My check for the word is as follows:

return myDictionary.ContainsKey(word);

and only returns true for ‘three’ - the last word in the list. I have even set the word string explicitly directly before the check, as follows; word = "one"; to eliminate any errors in passing it to the variable.

I thought that it could be a problem with the newline character in the text file for the first 2 words. However, I’ve tried creating the file several times, with the same result. The only difference I can see is that the word ‘three’ wouldn’t have a newline character next to it (as I don’t have to hit Enter to type another word on the next line), but ‘one’ and ‘two’ would.

Any help would be great.

Complete code below:

using UnityEngine;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;

public class WordListDictionary : MonoBehaviour
    private string wordToCheck = " ";                                      // Word to check against words in dictionary

    private Dictionary<string, bool> myDictionary = new Dictionary<string, bool>();                  // Dictionary used to store words

    private string[] wordArray = new string[4];                                     // Array used to temporarily store the words in the text file

    public GameObject[] CharBoxArray = new GameObject[3];           // Array holding the boxes with child with TextMesh

    public GameObject[] SlotsArray = new GameObject[3];             // Array holding the slots with child with TextMesh

    private TextAsset MytextAsset;                                  // Used to store the data in the dictionary.txt file                                 

    private string resultString = " ";                               // Used to display string showing whether made word is found in dictionary or not

    void Awake()
        // Read in the dictionary.txt file which is in the Resources folder in the project
        // and store it in a TextAsset variable/object
        MytextAsset = Resources.Load("dictionary", typeof(TextAsset)) as TextAsset;

        // Add the words to a string array and use the 

(newline) character to separate the word
// So when a newline is reached, it means its a new word
wordArray = MytextAsset.text.Split(’
'); // Have also tried ("

        // For debugging
        print("wordArray[0] = " + wordArray[0]);
        print("wordArray[1] = " + wordArray[1]);
        print("wordArray[2] = " + wordArray[2]);

        // Convert the array containing the words to a Dictionary, passing in the correct KeyValuePair types (string, bool)
        myDictionary = wordArray.ToDictionary(s => s, s => true);

        // Simultaneously convert the Dictionary to a List and then run a ForEach loop to print out the values of the Keys 
        // Note this is not the usual foreach loop which uses an enumerator. ForEach is part of the List<T> class and uses a for-loop
        myDictionary.ToList().ForEach(x => Debug.Log(x.Key + ", " + x.Value));

    bool checkWord(string word)
        print("myDictionary.ContainsKey(word) = " + myDictionary.ContainsKey(word));

        return myDictionary.ContainsKey(word);

    void Update()
        wordToCheck = "one";
        print("wordToCheck = " + wordToCheck);    

I’ve not used ToDictionary() personally but it looks like your code:

myDictionary = wordArray.ToDictionary(s => s, s => true); 

might be resolving to this overload:

ToDictionary<TSource, TKey>(Func<TSource, TKey>, IEqualityComparer<TKey>)

If this is occurring then passing true as the second parameter would means that all values would be treated as equal. If that is happening then each new string that may be overwriting the previous, possibly explaining the behaviour you observe.

Are you planning on using the values stored in the Dictionary?

If you are only interested in the absence/presence of a key you might find success with this overload:

 Dictonary<string, string> myDictionary = wordArray.ToDictionary<string, string>(s => s);

Or better still you could use a HashSet:

HashSet<string> dictHash = new HashSet<string>(wordArray);