Test for number?

Hardcoded Software hardcoded.software at gmail.com
Mon Sep 4 21:15:26 CEST 2006

Dr. Pastor wrote:
> In the following code I would like to ascertain
> that x has/is a number. What the simplest TEST should be?
> (Could not find good example yet.)
> ---
> x=raw_input('\nType a number from 1 to 20')
> if TEST :
> 		Do_A
> else:
> 		Do_B
> ---
> Thanks for any guidance.
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To test if it *is* a number, the solution is pretty simple (s.isdigit()
or an int(s) in a try..except ValueError), but if you want to test if
it is or *has* a number, I think that the simplest solution would be a

import re
re_has_digit = re.compile(r'\d+')
    digits = re_has_digit.findall(input)[0]
    number = int(digits)
    print "%d is a number." % number
except IndexError:
    print "'%s' has no number in it." % input

I didn't try it, but it should work.

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