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

how do I tackle this challenge

Create a variable named players that is an re.search() or re.match() to capture three groups: last_name, first_name, and score. It should include re.MULTILINE

players.py
import re

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

players = re.search r'(?P<last_name>\w),\s(?Pfirst_name>\w+):\s(?P<score>\dt',string,re.M
Gavin Ralston
Gavin Ralston
28,770 Points

One thing I'm seeing is that

(?Pfirst_name>

doesn't match the format of the other two fields you're trying to match. Namely the opening <

In addition what Gavin said, there are quite a few more issues here. I recommend trying to just capture the last name and then add more to your expression, incrementally testing.

Also, re.search() is a function and needs parentheses. What goes inside are comma-separated arguments to the function.

Here are the Python docs for RE, which I've found to be really helpful.

Gavin Ralston
Gavin Ralston
28,770 Points

...and don't forget to review the videos in the treehouse course.

These challenges typically follow very closely what you did in the videos if you were following along. With regex i'd highly recommend taking your time, like RR said, and get bits working at a time. Because regex is really murky territory, no matter who you are. :)

1 Answer

Chris Freeman
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Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 67,989 Points

In the Players Dictionary and Class Challenge Task 1 of 2

Create a variable named players that is an re.search() or re.match() to capture three groups: last_name, first_name, and score. It should include re.MULTILINE.

Your current code has a few issues:

players = re.search r'(?P<last_name>\w),\s(?Pfirst_name>\w+):\s(?P<score>\dt',string,re.M

Here are the issues:

  • re.search() is a method. It's arguments need to be wrapped in parens "( )".
  • In the sample string, names can contain spaces. Add a space to the matching character set
  • Last name needs to match more than a single character. Add plus sign to character set
  • Score needs to match more than a single digit. Add plus sign to character set. **For readability I also added brackets "[]"
  • <code><</code>first_name<code>></code> parameter is missing the leading "<code><</code>". Add missing "<code><</code>"
  • The last named pattern <code><</code>score<code>></code> is missing closing paren ")". Add closing paren.
  • There is an extra trailing "t" in the regular expression. Remove trailing "t"
players = re.search(r'(?P<last_name>[\w ]+),\s(?P<first_name>[\w ]+):\s(?P<score>[\d]+)', string, re.M)

The end result: Well done! You're doing great!