Java Data Type How to - Get Occurences of a letter in a phrase


We would like to know how to get Occurences of a letter in a phrase.


import java.util.HashMap;
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public class Main {
  public static HashMap tallyPrint(String phrase) {
    int count = 0;
    HashMap<Character, Integer> fav = new HashMap<Character, Integer>();
    for (int i = 0; i < phrase.length(); i++) {
      if (fav.containsKey(phrase.charAt(i)))
        fav.put(phrase.charAt(i), (fav.get(phrase.charAt(i))) + 1);
        fav.put(phrase.charAt(i), 1);
    return fav;

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    System.out.println(tallyPrint("this is a test this "));