Creating a dictionary from a .txt file
davea at davea.name
Sun Mar 31 23:37:33 CEST 2013
On 03/31/2013 02:41 PM, Roy Smith wrote:
> In article <mailman.4023.1364751102.2939.python-list at python.org>,
> Dave Angel <davea at davea.name> wrote:
>> On 03/31/2013 12:52 PM, C.T. wrote:
>>> On Sunday, March 31, 2013 12:20:25 PM UTC-4, zipher wrote:
>>> Thank you, Mark! My problem is the data isn't consistently ordered. I can
>>> use slicing and indexing to put the year into a tuple, but because a car
>>> manufacturer could have two names (ie, Aston Martin) or a car model could
>>> have two names(ie, Iron Duke), its harder to use slicing and indexing for
>>> those two. I've added the following, but the output is still not what I
>>> need it to be.
>> So the correct answer is "it cannot be done," and an explanation.
>> Many times I've been given impossible conditions for a problem. And
>> invariably the correct solution is to press [back] on the supplier of the
> In real life, you often have to deal with crappy input data (and bogus
> project requirements). Sometimes you just need to be creative.
> There's only a small set of car manufacturers. A good start would be
> mining wikipedia's [[List of automobile manufacturers]]. Once you've
> got that list, you could try matching portions of the input against the
> Depending on how much effort you wanted to put into this, you could
> explore all sorts of fuzzy matching (ie "delorean" vs "delorean motor
> company"), but even a simple search is better than giving up.
> And, this is a good excuse to explore some of the interesting
> third-party modules. For example, mwclient ("pip install mwclient")
> gives you a neat Python interface to wikipedia. And there's a whole
> landscape of string matching packages to explore.
> We deal with this every day at Songza. Are Kesha and Ke$ha the same
> artist? Pushing back on the record labels to clean up their catalogs
> isn't going to get us very far.
I agree with everything you've said, although in your case, presumably
the record labels are not your client/boss, so that's not who you push
back against. The client should know when the data is being fudged, and
have a say in how it's to be done.
But this is a homework assignment. I think the OP is learning Python,
not how to second-guess a client.
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