What is the best way to delete strings in a string list that that match certain pattern?

Chris Rebert clp2 at rebertia.com
Fri Nov 6 07:57:03 CET 2009

On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 9:23 PM, Peng Yu <pengyu.ut at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 10:25 PM, Chris Rebert <clp2 at rebertia.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 8:19 PM, Peng Yu <pengyu.ut at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Suppose I have a list of strings, A. I want to compute the list (call
>>> it B) of strings that are elements of A but doesn't match a regex. I
>>> could use a for loop to do so. In a functional language, there is way
>>> to do so without using the for loop.
>>> I'm wondering what is the best way to compute B in python.
>> Since this sounds rather homework-y, I'll only give you a pointer:
>> http://docs.python.org/tutorial/datastructures.html#list-comprehensions
> Now, I want to in-place delete elements in A that matches the regex. I
> know that I need to use del. But I'm not sure how to use the
> functional style programming for this problem. Would you please let me
> know?

Deletion is an imperative operation which has no direct equivalent in
functional languages, so your question is nonsensical.
To do it functionally, instead of deleting, you simply build a new
list that omits the undesired elements.
See also the built-in function filter().


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