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Python Regular Expressions in Python Introduction to Regular Expressions Players Dictionary and Class

Can't pass the challenge and not sure why

The last line of plays is giving me trouble and I am not sure how to tackle it

import re

string = '''Love, Kenneth: 20
Chalkley, Andrew: 25
McFarland, Dave: 10
Kesten, Joy: 22
Stewart Pinchback, Pinckney Benton: 18'''

players = re.search(r'''
                    , string, re.X|re.M)

1 Answer

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

You're on the right track. A few items to correct

  • The "multiple repeat" error is due to the "+*". This says "zero or more of one or more" which the parser can't understand. Remove the asterisk.
  • The "Didn't find the correct information for Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback" error is due to missing the SPACE within the last and first names. Add a \s in both the last_name and first_name character sets.
  • Remove extraneous \s after the trailing $.

It should then pass the challenge. Good Luck!!!

Thanks for your reply!

The *+ was actually a typo. Should have just been +.

Now I did as you reccomended and the test passed. But I don't quiet understand why we needed a space in the first and last name character sets as I don't see any names (first or last) including a space in them.

I you may just clarify that, I'd understand this 100%. Thank you in advance :)

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

The space is need to capture the last name "Stewart Pinchback" and for the first name "Pinckney Benton"