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Homework Help: Regular Expressions in Python

  1. Jul 17, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    This isn't really a homewrok/coursework question, but I didn't know where to put it. I'm trying to teach myself python over the summer and I seem to have got stuck on regular expressions. I want to read a .txt file with data for various kinds of swallows, laden/unlden, their airspeed velocities, and the date they were observed. Then, print only the ones which conform to the correct format. I managed to get the File I/O part to work, but the regex part doesn't.

    2. The attempt at a solution

    import re

    # Open text file contining data
    reader = open('C:\file.txt', 'r')
    # Read all lines of data
    data = reader.readlines()
    # Print all lines of file
    for line in data:
    print line

    # Close reader

    print "\n\n\nShow Matches\n\n"

    # Regular expression to find matching patterns in file
    record = re.search((African|European) (Unladen|Laden) (\d{1,2}m/s) (\d{1-4}-\d{1,2}-\d{1,2})', data)
    if record:
    print match.search(1) + "\t" + match.search(2) + "\t" + match.search(3) + "\t" + match.search(4)

    # Require input to close
    x = raw_input("\n\nPress Enter")
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