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# CodeWars: 6kyu – Counting Bits

You got numbers, you want to know how many bits are flipped to a 1

*Source*: https://www.codewars.com/kata/bit-counting/train/python

Approach:

Well, first we need to convert our number from an integer to a binary number.

There are two ways to do this:

# Variant 1: String Formatting

```
"{:b}.format(number)"
```

# Variant 2: Build In a binary converter “bin(number)”

Then well now we just have to count the occurrences of ones.

```
def count_bits:
return bin(number).count(str(1))
```

**Note:** It is important to count the instances of ones as strings of “1” instead of integers of 1.
This is the case because we converted the int to a string and are now looking for strings instead of numbers.