Regex Help, por favor

So I have a text file with comma separated numbers, I'm trying to write Python to get me the numbers three at a time - they're 3D co-ordinates and I want to analyse them 3 at a time.

The text file is of the form


and is just one line.



Yeah, Any comma separated data evinces the need for CSV but you could do with simple split here too.

Your comma separated string of (x, y, z) coordinates

>>> t = "x1,y1,z1,x2,y2,z2,x3,y3,z3"

Use split :

>>> t1 = t.split(',')
>>> t1
['x1', 'y1', 'z1', 'x2', 'y2', 'z2', 'x3', 'y3', 'z3']

Then collate / group the results into 3 elements. You will need to make sure that len(t1) is multiple of 3s. Use assert for that.

>>> t2 = []
>>> for x in range(len(t1)/3): t2.append(t1[x*3 : x*3+3])
>>> t2
[['x1', 'y1', 'z1'], ['x2', 'y2', 'z2'], ['x3', 'y3', 'z3']]

You don't need regex for this. Check out the CSV module.

def coords(line):
    parts = line.split(',')
    for i in range(0, len(parts), 3):
        yield map(int, parts[i:i+3])

No need to resort to regexes, really.

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