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Python Technical Interview Prep: Python Basics Basic Python Splitsville

Andy McDonald
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Andy McDonald
Python Development Techdegree Graduate 13,801 Points

re not defined???

I dont understand why this isnt working. When I run the script in another program it seems to work fine.

split.py
import re

def splitsville(address):
    answer = re.search(r"(?P<street>[\w]+\s[\w\d]+\s[\w\d]+\s[\w]+),\s(?P<city>[\w]+),\s(?P<state>[\w]+),\s(?P<zipcode>[\d]+)", address)
    return answer.groupdict()

1 Answer

Jeff Muday
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Jeff Muday
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I like how you think-- the regular expression would have been a nice way to solve this! However, this Challenge doesn't have re (regular expressions) in its namespace, go figure! You can try using split and strip. That will work.

My regular expression solution would have been this. I am using the | pipe character and square brackets to define the expression. For example, I write for the street (?P<street>[\d+|\w+|\s]+), which means I can have one or more digits \d+ or letters \w+ or whitespace \s separating the street.

With regular expressions, there are SO MANY ways to do this, many correct answers!

import re

def splitsville(address):
    answer = re.search(r"(?P<street>[\d+|\w+|\s]+),\s(?P<city>[\w+|\s]+),\s(?P<state>[\w+|\s]+),\s(?P<zip_code>[\d]+)", address)
    return answer.groupdict()