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

David Fry
David Fry
13,267 Points

Player Dictionaries and Class task 1: Why does this match not work?

The match comes back with last_name: Love, first_name: Kenneth, socre:20, but it's not working to pass the challenge.

players.py
import re

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

players = re.match(r'''
    (?P<last_name>[\w]*),
    (?P<first_name>\s[\w]*):
    (?P<score>\s\d{2})

 ''', string, re.X|re.M)
Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 67,989 Points

Could you please include the regex match code your are using?

David Fry
David Fry
13,267 Points

Sorry about that.

    players = re.match(r'''
    (?P<last_name>[\w]*),
    (?P<first_name>\s[\w]*):
    (?P<score>\s\d{2})

 ''', string, re.X|re.M)

1 Answer

Chris Freeman
MOD
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 67,989 Points

You spaces in the regex are misplaced and it may help to use the beginning of line (^) and end of line ($) tokens:

players = re.match(r'''^
    (?P<last_name>[\w ]*),\s #<-- added space to handle multiple first names
    (?P<first_name>[\w ]*):\s #<-- added space to handle multiple last names
    (?P<score>\d{2})$
 ''', string, re.X|re.M)