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Convert Specific String to Binary.

nciphalucas profile image Vuyisile Lucas Ncipha ・2 min read

Many people they tend to forget the basics of converting things from a specific data types to another data type like converting from integer to Binary or characters to Binary.

Is important to use Convertions especially when dealing with AI and ML.


   a = 8
   binary_form = format(int(a), 'b')
   print(str(binary_form), end='') 



The built-in function format() is used to format string using a controlled by specifier. If want to learn more about this go to:

The syntax is:

    format(value, spec='') 

Now we have dealt with converting integer to Binary.

But now we are going to deal with converting characters to Binary this will help with Creating chatbot using binary algorithm I am about to drop soon.

Let's say we have a sentence 'hello world' and want to convert it Binary so our bot can find a perfect response that is smart.

Text: hello world

Step 1: convert the phrase to a list of individual characters

   hello_world = 'hello world'
   char_list = [x for x in hello_world]
   #There are many ways to do this but
   #you can use any ways. 
   #I believe this is not the best
   #way to convert to character list


   ['h', 'e', 'l', 'l', 'o', ' ', 'w', 'o', 'r', 'l', 'd'] 

Step 2: Convert each character to an integer using built-in function ord()

   #Create a temporary list to store 
   temp = list()

   #now loop in the list of chars
   for character in char_list:



 [104, 101, 108, 108, 111, 32, 119, 111, 114, 108, 100]

Step 3: Convert each element in to binary

   #we need a second temp list
   #lets call it temp2
   temp2 = list()
   for digit in temp:
       bin_format = format(digit, 'b')


['1101000', '1100101', '1101100', '1101100', '1101111', '100000', '1110111', '1101111', '1110010', '1101100', '1100100']

I shared this post to understand the process behind convert character to Binary. I know this may not be the best solution but it got the job done. Now is up to you to find yourself the best solution


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