Project Euler 22: What is the total of all the name scores in the file of first names?

Project Euler has a large variety in the sort of problems they pose. Problem 22, as we will solve now, has nothing to do with mathematics and everything to do with computer science and sorting algorithms. The problem reads

Using names.txt (right click and ‘Save Link/Target As…’), a 46K text file containing over five-thousand first names, begin by sorting it into alphabetical order. Then working out the alphabetical value for each name, multiply this value by its alphabetical position in the list to obtain a name score.

For example, when the list is sorted into alphabetical order, COLIN, which is worth 3 + 15 + 12 + 9 + 14 = 53, is the 938th name in the list. So, COLIN would obtain a score of 938 x 53 = 49714.

What is the total of all the name scores in the file?

The way I want to solve this problem, is to split it into three parts

  1. Read the input file and turn the data into a manageable data structure
  2. Sort the data
  3. Sum up and provide the answer

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