Why isn't SPLIT splitting my strings

John Henry john106henry at hotmail.com
Sun Nov 19 17:11:31 CET 2006


Oops!

newString= re.split("[; ()\[\]", result)

John Henry wrote:
> Meaning:
>
> import re
>
> newString= re.split('[; ()\[\]", result)
>
>
>
> Nick Vatamaniuc wrote:
> > The regular string split does not take a _class_ of characters as the
> > separator, it only takes one separator. Your example suggests that you
> > expect that _any_ of the characters "; ()[]" could be a separator.
> > If you want to use a regular expression as a list of separators, then
> > you need to use the split function from the regular expression module
> > (re):
> > http://docs.python.org/lib/node46.html
> >
> > Hope this helps,
> > Nick V.
> >
> >
> > ronrsr wrote:
> > > I'm trying to break up the result tuple into keyword phrases.  The
> > > keyword phrases are separated by a ;  -- the split function is not
> > > working the way I believe it should be. Can anyone see what I"m doing
> > > wrong?
> > >
> > > bests,
> > >
> > > -rsr-
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >  print "newstring =", str(result[i][0])
> > >         print "just split", str(result[i][0]).split('; ()[]"')
> > >         zd.append(str(result[i][0]).split('; ()[]"'))
> > >
> > >
> > > result= (('Agricultural subsidies; Foreign aid',), ('Agriculture;
> > > Sustainable Agriculture - Support; Organic Agriculture; Pesticides, US,
> > > Childhood Development, Birth Defects; Toxic Chemicals',),
> > > ('Antibiotics, Animals',), ('Agricultural Subsidies, Global Trade',),
> > > ('Agricultural Subsidies',), ('Biodiversity',), ('Citizen Activism',),
> > > ('Community Gardens',), ('Cooperatives',), ('Dieting',), ('Agriculture,
> > > Cotton',), ('Agriculture, Global Trade',), ('Pesticides, Monsanto',),
> > > ('Agriculture, Seed',), ('Coffee, Hunger',), ('Pollution, Water,
> > > Feedlots',), ('Food Prices',), ('Agriculture, Workers',), ('Animal
> > > Feed, Corn, Pesticides',), ('Aquaculture',), ('Chemical Warfare',),
> > > ('Compost',), ('Debt',), ('Consumerism',), ('Fear',), ('Pesticides, US,
> > > Childhood Development, Birth Defects',), ('Corporate Reform,
> > > Personhood (Dem. Book)',), ('Corporate Reform,  Personhood, Farming
> > > (Dem. Book)',), ('Crime Rates, Legislation, Education',), ('Debt,
> > > Credit Cards',), ('Democracy',), ('Population, World',), ('Income',),
> > > ('Democracy, Corporate
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > partial results:
> > >
> > > string a =  Agricultural subsidies; Foreign aid
> > > newstring = Agricultural subsidies; Foreign aid
> > > just split ['Agricultural subsidies; Foreign aid']
> > > newstring = Agriculture; Sustainable Agriculture - Support; Organic
> > > Agriculture; Pesticides, US, Childhood Development, Birth Defects;
> > > Toxic Chemicals
> > > just split ['Agriculture; Sustainable Agriculture - Support; Organic
> > > Agriculture; Pesticides, US, Childhood Development, Birth Defects;
> > > Toxic Chemicals']
> > > newstring = Antibiotics, Animals
> > > just split ['Antibiotics, Animals']




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