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Python Regular Expressions in Python Introduction to Regular Expressions Groups

elmira bonab
elmira bonab
3,471 Points

what happen if we only want to group twitter account , name and email addresses? The following code does not return any

My code does not return the name, email address and twitter account:

print(re.findall(r""" ([-\w]*,\s[-\w ]+)\t ([-\w\d.+]+@[-\w\d.]+)\t (@[\w\d]+) """, data, re.X))

What is the reason? Thanks!

1 Answer

Matthew Hill
Matthew Hill
7,799 Points

Hi Elmira,

The reason is that you have not accounted for all the text that lies between the email and the twitter account. Without taking the space inbetween into account your code is trying to match name then email then twitter, but is actually finding name then email then text then twitter. The two don't match.

Try inserting: .* after the regex for email and this will just account for any number of characters inbetween your specified sets.

Hope that makes sense! Matt