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Python Regular Expressions in Python Introduction to Regular Expressions Groups

benjamin siverly
benjamin siverly
3,430 Points

Any reason why my address_book capture is returning an empty list?

    ([-\w ]+,\s[-\w]+)\t           # name
    ([-\w\d.+]+@[-\w\d.]+)\t       # email
    (\(\d[3]\)?-?\s?d{3}-\d{4})\t  # phone
    ([\w\s]+,\s[\w\s]+)            # job / company
    (@[\w\d]+)                     # twitter
''', data, re.X))
Cheo R
Cheo R
37,150 Points

What doest your data look like?

2 Answers

Hi. You have two main errors that I can see.

phone line: {3} instead of [3] and no ? in at the beginning.

job company line: you have no \t at the end of the line.

the below script should work for you.

print(re.findall(r''' ([-\w ]+,\s[-\w ]+)\t # last and first names. ([-\w\d.+]+@[-\w\d.]+)\t # Email ((?\d{3})?-?\s?\d{3}-\d{4})\t # Phone number ([\w\s]+,\s[\w\s]+)\t # Job company (@[\w\d]+) # TwitterHandle ''', data, re.X))

Ross Coe
Ross Coe
5,061 Points

^ need to watch out =your parens are not escaped !!