Finding Peoples' Names in Files

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Thu Oct 11 17:46:45 CEST 2007

brad wrote:

> cokofreedom at wrote:
>> On Oct 11, 5:22 pm, brad <byte8b... at> wrote:
>>> Crazy question, but has anyone attempted this or seen Python code that
>>> does? For example, if a text file contained 'Guido' and or 'Robert' and
>>> or 'Susan', then we should return True, otherwise return False.
>> Can't you just use the string function .findall() ?
> I mean *any* possible person's name... I don't *know* the names
> beforehand :)

Erm, now what's a persons name then? Maybe there is a Viagra Cialis living
in ... Caracas. Or so. Or a Woodshed Ribcage in Oregon... who knows?

And what about variable names - peters_temp a name? It's amazing what lack
of creativity in variable names can result in...

So - unless you come up with positive list of what you consider a name,
you're pretty much out of luck.


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