Can I specify regex group to return float or int instead of string?

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Thu Feb 25 17:41:01 CET 2010

On Thu, 25 Feb 2010 07:48:44 -0800, Jeremy wrote:

> I have a regular expression that searches for some numbers and puts them
> into a dictionary, i.e.
> '(?P<integer>\d+)\s+(?P<float>\d+\.\d+)'
> Is it possible to have the results of the matches returned as int or
> float objects instead of strings?

No. Just convert the match with int() or float() before storing it in the 
dictionary. That is, instead of:

d[key] = match


d[key] = float(match)

or similar.


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