Problem: How to match dollar amounts in a given string? If cent amounts are given, those should match as well.
Solution: You can use regular expression pattern
'(\$[0-9]+(.[0-9]+)?)' to find all numbers that start with a dollar symbol, followed by an arbitrary number of numerical digits, followed by an optional decimal point and an arbitrary number of numerical digits.
Here’s the code:
import re report = ''' If you invested $1 in the year 1801, you would have $18087791.41 today. This is a 7.967% return on investment. But if you invested only $0.25 in 1801, you would end up with $4521947.8525. ''' dollars = [x for x in re.findall('(\$[0-9]+(\.[0-9]+)?)', report)] print(dollars)
Before we end, have a look at this regex joke 🙂
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