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Python Regular Expressions in Python Introduction to Regular Expressions Name Groups

names.py

Create a variable names that is an re.match() against string. The pattern should provide two groups, one for a last name match and one for a first name match. The name parts are separated by a comma and a space.

names.py
import re

string = 'Perotto, Pier Giorgio'
names = re.search(r'''
    (?P<last>[\w,]+)\t
     (?P<first>\b[\w\s]+)
     ''', string, re.X)

1 Answer

Christopher Shaw
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Christopher Shaw
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You are on the right track. After the last name, I have removed your \t and put the comma and white space as these are not part of the group. Then removed the \b from the first name and the unnecessary , re.X.

names = re.search(r'(?P<last>[\w]+),\s(?P<first>[\w\s]+)', string)