You are given a string s, where every two consecutive vertical bars '|' are grouped into a pair. In other words, the 1st and 2nd '|' make a pair, the 3rd and 4th '|' make a pair, and so forth.

Return the number of '*' in sexcluding the '*' between each pair of '|'.

Note that each '|' will belong to exactly one pair.

Example 1:

Input: s = "l|*e*et|c**o|*de|"
Output: 2
Explanation: The considered characters are underlined: "l|*e*et|c**o|*de|".
The characters between the first and second '|' are excluded from the answer.
Also, the characters between the third and fourth '|' are excluded from the answer.
There are 2 asterisks considered. Therefore, we return 2.

Example 2:

Input: s = "iamprogrammer"
Output: 0
Explanation: In this example, there are no asterisks in s. Therefore, we return 0.


Example 3:

Input: s = "yo|uar|e**|b|e***au|tifu|l"
Output: 5
Explanation: The considered characters are underlined: "yo|uar|e**|b|e***au|tifu|l". There are 5 asterisks considered. Therefore, we return 5.

Constraints:

• 1 <= s.length <= 1000
• s consists of lowercase English letters, vertical bars '|', and asterisks '*'.
• s contains an even number of vertical bars '|'.

## Solution: Counting

Count the number of bars so far, and only count ‘*’ when there are even number of bars on the left.

Time complexity: O(n)
Space complexity: O(1)

## C++

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