[triangle-zpug] how to match strings in python

Stephan Altmueller stephan_altmueller at unc.edu
Thu Apr 2 15:49:00 UTC 2009


Regular expressions are the way to go if you want to find a particular

But if I understand the initial question correctly you want to find the
common substring that two string share, correct ?

That's a well defined computer science problem:


and here is an implementation in Python:


I haven't tried the code, so your mileage my vary.

  -- Stephan

Clark, Tom wrote:
> Joe,
> I believe this is a job for Regular Expressions, which is it's own thing
> independent of Python, though Python supports it.
> I'm only just learning, but the RE (or Regex) syntax would go something
> like this:
> 	m/fooba.*/  
> with search/replace, assignment to variables etc. available as you need
> them.  
> As has famously been said, if you decide to use RE to solve a
> programming problem, you now have two programming problems.  OTOH, if
> you do a lot of text manipulations, I don't think there's any way around
> it.
> Love to hear others opinions.
> TC
> Tom Clark, MLS
> Director, Wiggins Library
> Shaw University Divinity School
> 919-716-5518
> tomclark at shawu.edu
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:triangle-zpug-bounces at starship.python.net] On Behalf Of Joseph
> Mack NA3T
> Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2009 9:15 AM
> To: zpug
> Subject: [triangle-zpug] how to match strings in python
> I've looked in the string methods/functions in the python docs and I
> can't see how to do what I want, which is to find the parts of strings
> that match. eg
> string_1 = "foobar"
> string_2 = "foobaz"
> matched_string = "fooba"
> I need to walk along the string(s) 1 char at a time, accepting matching
> letters, till I get a mismatch, when the code exits. I was expecting to
> be able to retrieve chars one at a time from each of the two strings and
> test if the chars were the same.
> How do I do this in python?
> Thanks Joe
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