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Topic: Question Using Regexpi
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Kevin Ellis

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Registered: 11/29/10
Re: Question Using Regexpi
Posted: Jul 3, 2013 2:16 PM
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dpb <> wrote in message <kr1ocm$rln$>...
> On 7/3/2013 12:20 PM, Doug Schwarz wrote:
> ...

> > Your idea is sound, but you have the RE wrong. The beginning of a word
> > anchor is '\<', not'<\'. Also, to match 1 or more contiguous digits
> > use '\d+'. So the final expression is '\<\d+\>' which does what you
> > want.
> >

> Thanks, Doug...I stared at and even thought I pasted from the regexp doc
> the form and still couldn't see had the \< reversed. I wasn't aware of
> (and didn't see in looking thru the voluminous doc altho I'm sure it's
> there if know where to look) the '+' though--would have thought the word
> expression would be sufficient.

> >> regexp(String,'\<\d+\>','match')
> ans =
> '61'

> >>
> And, by golly! it does... :) Now just how easy was that! :)
> I've never had the patience nor enough occasion where was forced to
> learn the syntax well enough that it isn't always starting over from
> near absolute zero every time it might be useful... :) (or :( more
> appropriately, maybe...)
> --

Thanks for the help. Both solutions work great. I would have never figured it out without everyone's help. I think regexpi works great for easy applications, but when things become more complicated the more I struggle with it.


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