Possible to insert variables into regular expressions?
steven.bethard at gmail.com
Thu Dec 9 22:30:56 CET 2004
Chris Lasher wrote:
> I would like to create a set of very similar regular expression. In
> my initial thought, I'd hoped to create a regular expression with a
> variable inside of it that I could simply pass a string into by
> defining this variable elsewhere in my module/function/class where I
> compile the regular expression, thus making for an easy substitution.
Can you use the %-formatting operations? This is what I normally do
with a situation like this. It means you have to compile a new regular
expression for each different value you substitute into the expression,
but that's to be expected anyway when you're trying to check several
different regular expressions...
>>> import re
>>> s = """\
... 1. Drive My Car
... 2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
... 3. You Won't See Me
... 4. Nowhere Man
... 5. Think for Yourself
... 6. Word
... 7. Michelle
... 8. What Goes On
... 9. Girl
... 10. I'm Looking Through You
... 11. In My Life
... 12. Wait
... 13. If I Needed Someone
... 14. Run for Your Life"""
>>> expr = r'(\w*%s\w*)'
>>> re.compile(expr % r'oo').findall(s)
>>> re.compile(expr % r'ou').findall(s)
['You', 'Yourself', 'Through', 'You', 'Your']
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