While processing raw data from any source, extracting the right information is important so that meaningful insights can be obtained from the data. Sometimes it becomes difficult to take out the specific pattern from the data especially in the case of textual data.
The textual data consist of paragraphs of information collected via survey forms, scrapping websites, and other sources. The Channing of different string accessors with pandas functions or other custom functions can get the work done, but what if a more specific pattern needs to be obtained? Regular expressions do this job with ease.
A regular expression is a representation of a set of characters for strings. It presents a generalized formula for a particular pattern in the strings which helps in segregating the right information from the pool of data. The expression usually consists of symbols or characters that help in forming the rule but, at first glance, it may seem weird and difficult to grasp. These symbols have associated meanings that are described here.
Meta-characters in RegEx
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